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, Commitment, and Compassion 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?

Your fundraising efforts will make an enormous difference in the lives of the families of our fallen service members. In exchange for guaranteed entry to the race, Team TAPS asks each participant to meet the following fundraising obligation:

Marine Corps Marathon: $600 minimum*
MCM 10K: $600 minimum*

If you already have entry to the race and wish to join Team TAPS, we ask that you commit to raising a minimum of $150. Please note that this option does NOT include entry to the race.

Please note that registration fees are paid to the MCM and do not count toward your fundraising obligation. Any runner who does not meet his or her fundraising obligation by race weekend will be asked to cover the shortfall.

*Military survivors are encouraged, but not required to fundraise.

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! Please DO NOT register through the Marine Corps Marathon website, as this may result in duplicate entries. Simply click on the tab on the top left hand side of this page to register with Team TAPS for your guaranteed entry. You will pay all race fees here on our registration website.

What is the cost to register to run with Team TAPS?

Marathon: $177
10K: $52
MCM Kids Run: Info coming soon
FREE entry for Military Survivors

What do the registration fees cover?

Registration fees include your guaranteed entry to the Marine Corps Marathon or 10K, a Team TAPS signature race singlet/tech tee-shirt and other swag, pre-race breakfast, access to discounted hotel rooms, and the Team TAPS finish line celebration tent on Charity Hill.

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. Please note that to select the "Running for TAPS" you must already have a CONFIRMED entry to the race; this registration type does not include race entry.

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. Prior to the race, we will send you some information on your fallen hero and their family and begin the process of introductions via email. You will be provided a photo of this hero to wear on your back during the race.

How does the Team TAPS fundraising site work?

The website is yours to truly make your own! You can personalize it with your own text and photos about why you are inspired to run and even about your hero. Many of our runners like to post a photo of their fallen hero to show their donors who they will be honoring. The website streamlines the fundraising process by allowing you to upload email contacts direct to the site and send requests using one of our templates or create your own personal templates. The site will also help you track who has made donations in support of your run and allow you to send thank you emails. You will also be able to cut and paste your page’s URL direct onto your social media platforms in order to solicit support as well.

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 teamtaps@taps.org or call us at 202-959-TAPS (8277).