Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register for the Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Remember?
Register today 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.
Is there a fundraising requirement to participate?
All registered Riders and Road Warriors agree to raise a minimum of $117 in honor of the 117 officers lost in 2014. There is no fundraising requirement for Runners or Virtual Participants, but they are encouraged to also fundraise for this important cause.
Are there any accommodations available?
For your convenience, we have reserved blocks of rooms at the Hampton Inn National Harbor—steps away from the Ride start and finish line—and the Fairfield Inn & Suites Washington DC Downtown, two blocks from the Run and Walk start and finish line.
At the Hampton Inn National Harbor, rooms for October 9 through October 10 have been reserved for Ride & Run guests at $179 and $189 per night plus tax. This rate is guaranteed until September 10, 2015. For a hotel reservation, call 1-800-426-7866 and request to make a reservation under the group code RRR or reserve online.
At the Fairfield Inn & Suites, rooms for October 9 through October 10 have been reserved for the Ride & Run guests at $159 per night plus tax. This rate is guaranteed until September 9, 2015 and includes complimentary continental breakfast and complimentary high speed and wi-fi internet. For a hotel reservation, call the hotel direct at 202-289-5959 and use the group code NLE or reserve online.
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.
Can I register to volunteer?
Yes, we'd love your help. We will be opening volunteer registration soon, so please check back.
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.
How do I make a donation?
Click on Donate, and search by a participant’s first or last name.
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. 1, 2015. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 are on hand to make sure your experience is a good one.
Can I make a donation to a team?
No. Every participant fundraises individually to participant and earn incentives so you must select an individual team member to donate to. However, any donations to those individuals will be displayed on the team's page.
What is a sustaining gift?
If you are making a donation online, you can choose to make the same donation amount once a month.
What happens to the money I raise?
The dollars raised by our participants support the essential work of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to honor those we’ve lost and support those who protect and serve Americans every day. For more information on the Memorial Fund's work, please visit www.LawMemorial.org.
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.
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 and include a donation form.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 U.S. mail.
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.