Team Race for ALS: FAQ's

What is Team Race for ALS?
Team Race for ALS is one of the Les Turner ALS Foundation’s unique events, offering athletes the opportunity to compete in endurance events for those who can’t. Since 2010, the Team has attracted over 2,000 runners and has raised more than $500,000 for the Foundation. Participants honor the lives and memories of the brave patients who are currently fighting ALS as well as those who have passed away.

The Choose Your Own Race option gives our runners the control to register for any race, any time and still raise funds for the Foundation.

How do I sign up to run for Team Race for ALS-Choose Your Own?
Contact Shelby at and she will send you all of the details to register for Team Race for ALS- Choose Your Own. Please note, after choosing the race you would like to participate in, you MUST register on your chosen races website, separately from Team Race for ALS.

Fundraising and Donations
What is the minimum amount that I have to fundraise as part of Team Race for ALS-Choose Your Own?
The fundraising minimum is different for all race lengths/types, breakdown below:

  • Fun Run/5K = $100
  • 8K = $250
  • 10K = $250
  • Half Marathon = $500
  • Marathon = $1,000
  • Triathlon = $1,000
  • Other (bike, hike, swim) = $250

Does my Team Race for ALS registration fee go toward my fundraising goal?
Yes. Your $25 Team Race for ALS registration fee goes towards your fundraising goal. ALL race lengths/types have the same $25 registration fee when joining Team Race for ALS- Choose Your Own. Please note: Registering with Team Race for ALS – Choose Your Own is separate from registering for the race of your choice, both steps must be completed.

How do I collect donations?
Once you have registered for Team Race for ALS you will receive a personal fundraising web page to collect donations from friends and family. You can also host offline fundraising events and send the money raised at your event to the Foundation's office. You will also receive a copy of our Team Race for ALS guidebook that has many fundraising suggestions and tips.

What if someone wants to write a check, where do I send it?
If someone writes you a check, or you host an offline fundraising event, make the check out to the Les Turner ALS Foundation and send it to:

Les Turner ALS Foundation
Attn: Team Race for ALS
5550 W. Touhy Ave. Suite 302
Skokie, IL 60077-3254

Make sure there is a note inside the envelope that says your name, or you can write your name on the memo line of the check.

Are donations people make to my page tax deductible?
Online donations via fundraising pages will receive an automatic confirmation that serves as a tax deductible letter. If a donor misplaces the email, please contact us at and we can resend the confirmation. For donations received through the mail, the Les Turner ALS Foundation will send a thank you letter acknowledging the gift with all necessary information for a tax deduction when they file their taxes.

Do matching gifts count towards my fundraising?
Yes. Matching gifts are posted once the corporation involved approves it. Every company has a different timetable for how they process gifts. If you have questions about your matching gift, please contact your company first to find out if the donation has been matched. If it has been matched, please contact us at and we will do everything we can to ensure the donation appears on your page.

When do I need to raise my committed minimum fundraising goal by?
Fundraising deadlines vary depending on race date and will be confirmed by your Team Race for ALS Coordinator, Shelby, after registering for Team Race for ALS.

What if I do not raise my committed minimum fundraising goal?
If you do not raise your committed minimum fundraising goal by the date discussed with the Team Race for ALS Coordinator, the shortfall amount will be charged to your credit card on file from Team Race for ALS registration, per your sign commitment form.

What if I am injured and/or cannot race in the event (family commitment, work obligation, etc.) for Team Race for ALS? Can I get a refund?
Per your signed agreement with the Les Turner ALS Foundation, you must raise half of your committed fundraising goal. Your $25 registration fee will not be refunded. Please note: Your Team Race for ALS – Choose Your Own registration is separate from your chosen races registration, and therefore you should check on your race website for specific refund policies.

I want to raise money for Team Race for ALS but don’t know what race to take part in.
No problem! Find a list of upcoming races here.