Toronto Marathon

Half-Marathon and 5K
May 6 2018 Running Hand in Hand for Disability Inclusion

FAQ

  1. What is Team Yachad?

    Team Yachad will be “running hand in hand” across the finish line at the Goodlife Toronto Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K.  For 30 years, Yachad has been dedicated to addressing the needs of all individuals with disabilities and including them in the Jewish community.  The Toronto Yachad chapter has existed for 25+ years.  All monies raised will go directly to the Toronto chapter to help those with disabilities attend many of our famous Shabbatonim (weekend retreats), summer programs and an array of other inclusive activities.

  2. What is the Toronto Marathon?

    The Goodlife Toronto Marathon will take place on Sunday May 6, 2018. This marathon attracts thousands of runners from across the city, country and the world.  For more information on the course, or for any information related to the marathon itself, please visit the Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon website: http://www.torontomarathon.com

  3. What does running with Team Yachad – Toronto consist of?

    Once you reach your fundraising minimum goal of $300, Team Yachad provides:

    • Guaranteed race admission and registration
    • Running T-shirt
    • Awesome Team Yachad gear
    • Pre and Post Race transportation to the Marathon site
    • Post Marathon Celebration Tent with refreshments
    • An unforgettable experience
    • NEW THIS YEAR, POST RACE BBQ PARTY!!!!”
  4. What do I have to do to be part of Team Yachad?

    Simply register! Your registration fee ($35 for 5K; $75 for Half-Marathon) is a non-refundable donation to Toronto Yachad. The registration fee will be applied towards your minimum fundraising commitment.  As a member of Team Yachad Toronto you will be responsible to raise a minimum of $300. Each runner is required to raise the full amount ($300) by April 15, 2018. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $18 or more by Yachad, The Canadian Jewish Council for Disabilities.

  5. Can I participate in any of the races offered through the Toronto Goodlife Maratrhon (Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K)?

    Absolutely!  The core group of our participants in the marathon will be taking part in the 5K run or walk, but we encourage everyone to challenge themselves, and join the group of runners that best suits their abilities and needs.  The fundraising requirements will be the same, however, you will have to arrange your own transportation to and from the marathon site, as the start and end times are different than for the 5K.

  6. I never run. Will I be able to finish a 5K?

    Absolutely! It might take a little bit of training, but many of our runners are first timers.  To date, every Team Yachad Toronto member has crossed the finish line successfully. Whether you are a first time runner or an experienced one, you will be able to complete the race.

  7. I am concerned that I might not be able to raise the required funds. Will I be able to do it?

    Even if you’ve never raised money before, just a little bit of hard work and networking will make it easy for you to solicit and collect sponsorships from friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, and others.

    Experience has shown that it is not only possible, but quite enjoyable as you work to reach this goal.  Yachad is a worthwhile organization and our runners are enthusiastic about its mission. You will be surprised how friends, family, and co-workers will respond to your effort to run/walk in a marathon to help this wonderful cause. Remember, you are not asking people to make donations… you are asking them to sponsor YOU and YOUR efforts! Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $18 or more by Yachad, The Canadian Jewish Council for Disabilities.

    Team Yachad will be with you every step of the way to help you reach your goal! Should you have any additional concerns or questions related to the fundraising aspect, please email us at teamyachad@ou.org.

  8. A family member and I want to run together as a team. Is this an option?

    Yes. Each team member registers as an individual runner.  Then, send an email to us at teamyachad@ou.org about creating a team page for you.  We will work with you to create a Team Page representing your family/group.

  9. How can my sponsors submit payment?

    Online contributions can be made by credit card on the runner’s personalized page found on our website, www.teamyachad.com. Canadian tax receipts will be sent out towards the middle of 2018.

    Cheques should be pledged online through the runners personalized page and then can be mailed to Team Yachad Toronto, 15 Gorman Park Road, Toronto, ON  M3H 3K3.

    Please make sure that sponsors write the runner’s name and their email address on the cheque so that we can ensure credit is given to the right runner.

    Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $18 or more by Yachad, The Canadian Jewish Council for Disabilities.

     

  10. Is there a refund/exchange policy?

    Yes.  If a donation was made accidentally or for the wrong amount, simply make us aware of the issue and we will be happy to make any necessary refunds, changes or corrections.  You can contact us at teamyachad@ou.org.

  11. What happens if I am unable to attend the event once I begin my fundraising?

    While you will be sorely missed, and we hope that you would be able to join us next year, the funds that you have raised will be contributed as a general donation to Team Yachad Toronto.

  12. How do I begin?

    Simply register at www.teamyachad.com and let the fun begin!

  13. Is there an age minimum to run with Team Yachad?

    No, there is no age limit to participate in the Toronto Marathon.  The marathon is a perfect event for families with children to walk together for a great cause.