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1. How do I register for the Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Remember?
Visit the Register link, and select whether you want to join as an individual or part of a team. Then select whether you want to register as a rider, runner, road warrior (both) or virtual participant.

2. Is there a fundraising requirement to participate?
All registered riders and runners agree to raise a minimum of $72 for the Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Remember, benefiting the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund. Law enforcement officers support us every day and every 57 hours an officer makes the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. In order to have the greatest impact we can, we hope that you set your fundraising goals even higher.

3. Is there an minimum age requirement to participate?
Registered riders must be 16 years old by the date of the event. Registered runners must be 12 years old by the date of the event.

4. Can I register to volunteer?
Yes. Please visit the Volunteers page for more information.

5. How do I find a participant’s personal fundraising webpage?
Click on Donate, and search by their first or last name. Try entering just the first few letters of the participant’s name to get more search results, or just the last name.

6. How do I make a donation?
Click on Donate, and search by a participant’s first or last name.

7. Are there any accommodations available?
For your convenience, we reserved blocks of rooms at the Aloft Washington National Harbor—steps away from the Ride start and finish line—and the Fairfield Inn & Suites Washington DC Downtown—two blocks from the Run start and finish line.

At the Aloft Washington National Harbor, rooms for Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12 have been reserved for Ride & Run guests at $129 per night plus tax. This rate is guaranteed until September 10, 2013. For a hotel reservation, call the Aloft toll free at 1-888-625-4954 or reserve online.

At the Fairfield Inn & Suites, Executive King rooms for Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12 have been reserved for the Ride & Run guests at $139 per night plus tax. The rate includes complimentary continental breakfast and complimentary high speed and wi-fi internet. For a hotel reservation, call the hotel direct at 202-289-5959 or toll free to Marriott US at 1-888-236-2427 or reserve online.

8. If I can’t participate in the event, what happens to the donations I have raised?
All donations submitted to the Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Remember are non-transferable and non-refundable. Written requests for transfer of registration fees to another event, (whether Ride, Run or Virtual Participant) must be received by Sept. 2, 2013. No transfers will be allowed after the close of the transfer period, and there are no refunds, deferrals or transfer of registration fee to other individuals. We hope donors will appreciate supporting the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund regardless of someone’s participation in the actual event.

9. How do I form or join a team?
If you have not already registered for the event, go to the online registration form and select “Start a Team” if you would like to be the team captain, or “Join a Team” if you know the name of a team you would like to join. If you have already registered for the event as an individual and would like to form or join a team, please contact us at info@rideandruntoremember.org.

10. Is a portion of the registration fee a donation?
No. Your registration fee does not apply towards your fundraising minimum, nor is it tax-deductible.

11. What kind of support is provided on the event?
The ride is fully supported, with water, sports drinks and portable toilets provided at pit stops every 10-12 miles. In addition, a medical crew and bike mechanics on hand.

12. If I can’t make it to packet pickup can someone else pick up my packet for me?
Yes! You just have to write up and sign a permission slip and give them a copy of your ID to present when they pick up your packet. Just remember that your packet can only be picked-up when all fees/fundraising requirements are met.

13. Can I make a donation to a team?
No. You must select an individual team member to donate to, and cannot make a donation to the entire team.

14. What is a sustaining gift?
If you are making a donation online, you can choose to make the same donation amount once a month.

15. How are donations utilized?
Net proceeds from the Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Remember benefit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Washington, DC, the Memorial Fund built and continues to maintain the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial; the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The Memorial Fund is a leading organizer of the National Police Week observance each May and hosts a Candlelight Vigil at the Memorial each May 13th to honor all fallen officers. In addition, the Memorial Fund maintains the largest, most comprehensive database of line-of-duty officer deaths, conducts research to identify emerging trends and findings of officer fatalities, and serves as an information clearinghouse to improve officer safety.

More recently, the Memorial Fund launched a campaign to build the first-ever National Law Enforcement Museum, adjacent to the Memorial in Washington, DC. Soon to enter its third phase of construction, the Museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will take a high-tech approach to telling the story of American law enforcement through interactive exhibits, collections, research and education.

For more information, please visit www.LawMemorial.org.

16. Where should I mail donation checks?
All donations must have a donation form attached and should be mailed to the address listed on the donation form, which is: Thin Blue Line Community Bike Rides, 901 E St, NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20004.

17. Who should I make my check out to?
Please make all checks payable to: Thin Blue Line Community Bike Rides. Please write the participant name in the memo field of each check.

18. What are the Thin Blue Line Community Bike Rides?
The Thin Blue Line Community Bike Rides is an entity created by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to collect and manage the funds from the Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Remember. Net proceeds collected by the Thin Blue Line Community Bike Rides from the Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Remember go directly to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

19. How do I find a participant’s personal fundraising webpage?
Click on Donate, and search by their first or last name.

20. Why is the “Donate” search not finding a participant that I know has registered?
Try entering just the first few letters of the participant’s name to get more search results, or just the last name.

21. Are donations tax-deductible?
All monetary donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please check with your personal tax advisor regarding the deductibility of your gift.

22. Do all donors who mail their donations receive a receipt?
Only donors who provide a physical mailing address or email address will receive a receipt once the donation has been processed. If you made a sustaining gift, you will receive an email receipt each time a monthly payment is processed if you provided an email address.

23. How do I add a dedication when I make a donation?
When you make a donation online, you can designate what you want to appear as your recognition name on the participant’s Honor Roll. This may be your name, or it could be something such as “From the whole Connor family” or “In memory of Aunt Cathy.” Please note: We cannot process dedications for donations made by mail.

24. What is a matching gift and how do I apply for one?
Many companies (both large and small) offer employee matching gift programs. This means that when an employee makes a donation to a cause or non-profit organization, the corporation will “match” that donation with an equal (or greater) amount to the same group. For more information about matching gifts, visit the Matching Gifts page.