Team TAPS Marine Corps Marathon, 10K, and Kids Run Frequently Asked Questions
What is the mission of Team TAPS?
Team TAPS is about celebrating the lives of our heroes! When you join our team you not only get to challenge yourself with fitness goals but you do so in honor of the nation’s fallen heroes and for the purpose of supporting the loved ones they left behind. Team TAPS raises awareness and funds through challenge, committment and courage to benefit Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) programs helping surviving military families. For more information about TAPS, please visit www.taps.org.
I have never run for TAPS or with Team TAPS before. What are the fundraising requirements for those participating in the Marine Corps Marathon events?
The first requirement is FUN-raising! We want everyone who joins Team TAPS to enjoy the journey and find the experience rewarding. Your support and leadership will make us successful as we honor and support the families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. While not required we encourage all participants to take part in fundraising activities on behalf of Team TAPS. We are here to support you during your training and fundraising as you prepare for your race with Team TAPS.
How do I register to participate with TAPS in the Marine Corps Marathon, the MCM 10K, or the One Mile Kids Run?
Register here! You do not need to register through the Marine Corps Marathon’s website to obtain and secure your running entry. You can do everything right here through the Team TAPS! Simply click on the tab on the top left hand side of the page. All fees for all MCM events are paid here on our registration website.
What is the cost to register to run with Team TAPS?
- Team TAPS Marathon Race Slot: $160 Registration fee
- Team TAPS 10K Race Slot: $60 Registration fee
- Already Registered on the Marine Corps Marathon, 10K and Kids Run website: no fee
- MCM Kids Run: $10
What do the registration fees cover?
Registration fees include your Marine Corps Marathon race fee, a Team TAPS signature race running singlet/tech tee-shirt, pre-race breakfast and the Team TAPS Charity Hill celebration tent for you and the family and friends that are supporting you on race day.
What if I have a paid and confirmed entry in one of the Marine Corps Marathon race events but I want to run for Team TAPS?
You can still join Team TAPS! Register at our website as Running for TAPS.
I do not have a personal fallen hero to honor in my run. Is running in memory of a fallen hero required?
We take pride in carrying the names and photos of fallen heroes on our backs to the finish line and knowing they are with us every step of the way! Running in memory of a fallen hero is at the heart of Team TAPS. If you do not have a personal connection to a fallen hero, we offer the option to wear a designation that proclaims you are honoring all fallen heroes. We can also select a hero for you and even connect you with their family. For many of our Team members, this connection has enhanced their race experience and even their fundraising initiatives. For the families, it reminds them their hero is never forgotten and the life and sacrifice of their hero still honored. This is truly a rewarding outreach!
If I do wish to run in memory of a fallen hero and be connected with the fallen hero’s family, what is the process?
You can select to have a hero be chosen for you when you register. Once you have registered, we will email you information on your fallen hero and their family beginning the process of introductions. For the MCM events, you will be provided Team TAPS Honor BIb of this hero to wear on the back of your Team TAPS running singlet/tech tee-shirt.
What happens once I register for Marine Corps Marathon & 10K with Team TAPS?
Team TAPS software will walk you through a personal webpage that allows you to highlight your journey with TAPS as you prepare for the start line of the MCM. Many of our runners like to post a photo of themselves or the fallen hero they are honoring. The webpage streamlines awareness and fundraising opportunities so that you may connect directly with your network giving them an opportunity to run alongside Team TAPS as well. The site is specialized with preloaded templates for you to connect with your friends and family. It allows you to blog your journey from your first training run to sharing the incredible work of TAPS. Your webpage is social media friendly and can easily be shared on your personal networks.
Where can I find more information about the Marine Corps Marathon?
Visit the Official Marine Corps Marathon website at http://www.marinemarathon.com/
Who can I contact if I have more questions regarding this event?
If you have any other questions, or if we can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 202-959-TAPS (8277).