FAQ

Registration + Fundraising FAQ

When does registration open and close?

Registration is open as of Tuesday, December 10, 2019. Registration will close when a maximum of 4,000 participants have made the minimum fundraising commitment required to be part of the Run to Home Base presented by New Balance or on the morning of the event, whichever is first.

If you register after Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at 11:59pm EST, the minimum fundraising commitment is due at registration.

How do I create a team as the team captain?

On the online registration form, you will see the option to Create a Team under your registration information. Enter your team name and click create. Once you have registered, you can access your team page, photo, and information from your participant portal. If you have already completed your registration without creating a team but would now like to create a team, please email runtohomebase@redsox.com.

How do I join and fundraise for a team?

After choosing a registration rate, you will be asked to create or join a team. To join an existing team, type the team name in the “Join a Team” search box and click search. A list of existing teams will appear, and you can click on the team you would like to join. Once you have completed registration, the team captain will receive an email confirming your team registration, and you can view your team information and team stats in your participant fundraising portal.

Do I have to participate on a team and race together?

No, teams are not required to enter the event. Most runners and walkers will participate as individuals. However, some find it more fun to participate as a team and to challenge each other and other teams to raise the most money. There are two kinds of teams: Public Teams, open to anyone who wishes to can meet the fundraising requirement, and Private Teams for groups that have specific members by invite only (i.e. specific company employees).

How do I register as Military?

When registering, please choose the Military registration type. Once your registration is complete, you will receive an email from a member of our team to confirm your service. The first 250 Veterans, Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve Service members to register and confirm their service will have the fundraising requirement waved. After the first 250 spaces are filled, Military registrations will be asked to raise $475 in order to participate on race day.

How do I use a promo code?

Before completing your registration, you will see a prompt to enter a promo code. Promo codes may be provided from an employer, the Home Base team, and other general marketing.

How do I set up my fundraising page?

After you register, you will see

Are children under 14 allowed to enter the event?

Yes, children from age 6 to 13 may participate in the 5K portion of the event for just $175. Children under 6 may accompany a parent or guardian fundraiser participating in the 5K for free.

Children 6-13 may enter the 5K under all of the following rules of the event:

1) A parent or guardian must sign a permission slip specifying the identity of the accompanying adult responsible and a safety waiver in advance before a child can be registered to enter the 5K.

2) Children participating in the 5K must be accompanied by the adult over the age of 21 who is participating in the 5K at the minimum fundraising commitment specified.

3) We encourage children age 6 to 13 to participate in fundraising for their 5K as determined appropriate by their parent of guardian. However, a Parent or Guardian must supply their credit card and guarantee payment of $175 plus the $25 registration fee upon registration so payment of this fundraising commitment is assured by the fundraising deadline that applies by June 30, 2020.

4) Children age 6-13 may enter the 5K but are prohibited from the 9K event.

5) To ensure proper adult supervision and safety of all children participating, we ask each fundraising parent or guardian walker to accompany a maximum of 5 children. If you wish to register additional children, additional adult fundraising walker or walkers will need to register.

What is the fundraising minimum?

Participants in the 9K Run and 5K Run/Walk portions of the event who register by 11:59pm EST on February 12, 2020 are subject to a fundraising minimum of $625. Participants in the 9K Run and 5K Run/Walk portions of the event, who register after 11:59pm EST on February 12, 2020 are subject to a fundraising minimum of $850. All children aged 6-13 are subject to a fundraising minimum of $175. We encourage you to fundraise beyond the minimum and increase your support of Veterans who will be served by Home Base.

If you register after Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 11:59pm EST, the minimum fundraising commitment is due at registration.

What if I don’t reach the fundraising minimum?

Registration is limited and you must agree to raise or donate the fundraising minimum to participate in the Run to Home Base presented by New Balance. In the event that you do not raise your fundraising minimum, your credit card will be charged the difference between the minimum and the funds that you have raised as of June 30, 2020. Once you register to participate and agree to the fundraising minimum, your spot is secured. However, if there is a problem with payment for the balance due at the fundraising deadline of June 30, 2020, your spot will be forfeited and you will not be allowed to participate. All donations are non-refundable.

What is the Red Sox Foundation’s nonprofit tax ID?

The Red Sox Foundation is an IRS approved 501(c)3 nonprofit charity. The nonprofit tax ID # is 33-1007984.

Will donors receive tax documentation for their donations?

Donors who make an online donation will automatically receive an email acknowledging their tax deductible donation for their records. Donors who send in a check will receive a letter acknowledging their donation within 10 business days. If someone gives you cash, you may place the sum towards your run, however we cannot offer a tax receipt and the team charity did not receive those proceeds directly.

If I made a mistake making my donation, how do I fix it?

If you experience any problems with your donation, please immediately send an email to runtohomebase@redsox.com with a detailed message including a description of the problem encountered and your contact information. Please include both a cell phone number and email address so that we may contact you efficiently.

How are funds raised in the Run to Home Base used?

Since its inception, Home Base has been dedicated to healing the invisible wounds for Veterans, Service Members and their Families through world-class clinical care, wellness, education and research.

Race Day FAQ

What time is the event on Saturday, July 11th?

Gate B (the corner of Van Ness and Ipswich Street) will open to participants beginning at 5:30am. For those participants who did not pick up their

bibs/packets at New Balance on Thursday the 9th or Friday the 10th, you can pick up your bib, packet and T-shirt between 5:30am and 7:00am. Opening Ceremonies will begin promptly at 7:00am and the first wave of runners/walkers will take off around 8:00am.

Is parking available at the race location?

Parking is extremely limited – specific lots will be open until 1pm on race day for $10. Pre-paid tickets ($10) for the parking lots will be available for purchase at packet pick-up. We strongly encourage pre-paid parking for all participants not using public transit to get to the event.


All participants are responsible for their own parking costs. Due to road closures with the event, we strongly encourage speto use public transportation.

How do I pick up my t-shirt & bib?

After registration and fulfilling the fundraising commitment, you will be assigned a bib number. You will receive your bib number, t-shirt and hat at packet pick-up. Bib and T-shirt pick-up times and locations to be determined and announced in coming months, but you will be able to pick up your race bib in advance of the Run.

Do I wear my bib and run jersey?

You may wear any jersey you wish but all participants must wear an official bib and number. If you do not do so, you may be asked by security to leave the course.

Where do runners get their timing device?

We will be using a timing system that utilizes a disposable timing tag that is attached to your bib number. It eliminates the need to return the timing chips at the end of the race, and also eliminates lost timing chip fees. Walkers will receive a bib but will not receive a timing tag and will not be timed.

Are there restroom facilities at the race location?

Yes, men’s and women’s restrooms are located in Fenway and portable toilets will be available along the course.

Will water be available during the race?

Yes, there will be water stations located along the route and more at the finish line.

Must individual entrants participate in teams and race together?

No, teams are not required to enter the event. Most runners and walkers will participate as individuals. However, some find it more fun to participate as a team and to challenge each other and other teams to raise the most money. There are two kinds of teams: Public Teams, open to anyone who wishes to can meet the fundraising requirement, and Private Teams for groups that have specific members by invite only (i.e. specific company employees).

How can I get to the race site?

The start and finish of the race is at Fenway Park located at Jersey Street, Boston, MA 02215. Entrance will be at Gate B only at the corner of Van Ness and Ipswich Streets.


For public transportation, take the B, C or D Green Lines to Kenmore Square and follow signs. Visit mbta.com for complete public transportation information. Parking near Fenway Park is limited and expensive so we encourage you to take public transportation whenever possible, or carpool with friends.

Can my family and friends come down to the field when I cross home plate?

Due to the need to protect the field, friends and family will not be allowed on the field, but will be able to cheer you on and take photos from the stands in Fenway.

Are baby strollers allowed on the race route?

Strollers are not allowed on the route, as they are prohibited from the field/warning track per stadium rules.

Can I bring my dog to the race?

No, we love pets but cannot accommodate them at the event. The only exception is for required service dogs.

Can I wear headphones during the race?

For safety, headphones are discouraged at the race.

Can I rollerblade/roller skate/bike in the race?

No, rollerblades, roller skates, skateboards, scooters and bikes are not allowed anywhere on the course or at Fenway Park due to safety concerns.