Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Fred's Team?
Fred’s Team, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's (MSK) running program, gives every runner the opportunity to add more meaning to their miles by raising money for lifesaving cancer research at MSK. 100% of the money raised goes directly into the labs at MSK, where groundbreaking discoveries are making a real difference for people around the world.
Official events include the TCS New York City Marathon, United Airlines NYC Half, Virgin Money London Marathon, and BMW Berlin Marathon. Fred’s Team runners are given the ultimate experience with exclusive race-day benefits as well as a comprehensive training program and dedicated coaches. Athletes can also raise money for Fred’s Team anytime, anywhere through the Choose Your Own Event program.
- Who is Fred?
Fred's Team was created to honor the life and legacy of Fred Lebow, co-founder of the New York City Marathon. Read more about Fred.
- What is Memorial Sloan Kettering?
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) is the nation's preeminent center for research and treatment devoted exclusively to cancer. Founded in 1884, MSK is based in New York City. MSK fosters close collaboration between physicians and scientists, leading to treatment innovation and discoveries that benefit the cancer community worldwide.
- Who benefits from the funds raised by Fred's Team?
100% of the money raised by Fred’s Team goes to Memorial Sloan Kettering for lifesaving cancer research—providing new and better treatments for patients worldwide. Fred’s Team participants choose to support the area of cancer research that means the most to them.
- What is the Tax ID number?
Fred's Team is owned and operated by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Memorial Sloan Kettering's 501c3 tax identification is: 13-1924236. Your gift to Fred's Team is 100% tax-deductible. You will receive a confirmation receipt via email after submitting your online donation. Please save this email receipt for your tax records. For all gifts made by check, you will receive a written acknowledgment in the mail.
- How do I register, and is there a fee?
There is a $100 Fred's Team kickoff fee for the TCS New York City Marathon, United Airlines NYC Half, Virgin Money London Marathon, and BMW Berlin Marathon. For Choose Your Own Event, a $50 kickoff fee is required. All kick-off fees are donations, 100% tax-deductible, and applied towards your fundraising total.
- When I register with Fred's Team, do I automatically get an entry into the event?
Fred's Team has a limited number of guaranteed spots for our official events. These entries are given on a first-come, first-served basis. Once all entries are filled, a waitlist will open up. If spots become available, you will be notified as soon as possible. If you have joined Fred's Team in the past (or if you've registered for an event and canceled), any outstanding fundraising balance must be fulfilled in order to qualify for one of these spots. If you register for Choose Your Own Event, you must have your own race entry.
- Can I register with Fred's Team even if I have my own entry for an official event?
Yes! You'll follow the "own entry" registration process.
- I’d like to participate in a race that’s not an official event. Can I still register?
Yes! Register for Choose Your Own Event and participate in a virtual event, marathon, triathlon, Ironman, 5K or anything else, to raise money for Memorial Sloan Kettering. You'll receive comprehensive training support, a custom uniform, an online fundraising page, and much more!
- Can I start my own team and fundraise with teammates?
Yes! We’d love for you to invite friends, family or colleagues to join. You can start your own team for the TCS New York City Marathon, United Airlines NYC Half, Virgin Money London Marathon, BMW Berlin Marathon or for Choose Your Own Event. Go to our Register page and follow the registration process. You will have both an individual and team fundraising page. On your team page, you’ll also be able to receive donations. All team gifts will be evenly distributed. Please note that each member of the team is responsible for fulfilling his or her individual fundraising requirement.
- I'm a beginner—can I still participate in an event?
Of course! We provide expert training based on your fitness level, and you'll receive dedicated support from the Fred's Team staff to answer your questions and help you achieve your goals.
- Can international runners register with Fred's Team?
Yes, runners from around the world have joined us in our official events and through Choose Your Own Event.
- Is there a limit to the number of participants per event?
Fred's Team has a limited number of guaranteed entries available for our official events. These entries are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Once all entries are filled, any remaining members will be placed on a wait list and notified if a spot becomes available. If you have joined Fred's Team in the past, (or if you've registered for an event and canceled), any outstanding fundraising balance must be fulfilled in order to qualify for one of these spots.
- What are the benefits of joining Fred's Team?
Fred’s Team provides exclusive benefits, giving each participant the ultimate experience. When you participate with Fred’s Team, 100% of the money you raise goes to any area of research you choose at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In addition to making your miles more meaningful, you'll receive training and staff support, an online fundraising page, a custom uniform and much more!
- When do I receive my uniform?
If you're registered for an event, your uniform will be shipped to you shortly upon reaching 50% of your fundraising requirement.
- How can I get my company involved?
There are many ways to engage your company with the incredible Fred's Team community of runners, survivors, family members and more. Whether through sponsorships, in-kind donations, matching gifts, or creating an employee running team, your company can make a big difference in the fight against cancer! Please contact us for more information.
- Are there fundraising requirements?
All Fred's Team participants who receive a race entry are required to raise the minimum fundraising requirement for the event by the deadline. Runners with their own race entry and Choose Your Own Event participants are encouraged to fulfill the minimum fundraising requirement.
- What is the due date for meeting the fundraising requirement?
All fundraising deadlines are listed in the fundraising agreement for each event.
- I’m a registered participant. Where do I begin with my fundraising?
Start by logging in to your Participant Center to customize your fundraising page and share why you're running! You can even upload a photo. From there, you can import your contacts and send emails (we have created templates for you). Fundraising tips and other materials are also found in your Participant Center.
Please note: Funds raised for all Fred's Team events must come through your online Fred's Team fundraising page or by check/money order payable to Memorial Sloan Kettering. Donations from a third-party fundraising site (e.g. Active, Crowdrise, etc) cannot be counted towards your fundraising requirement.
- How long will it take for gifts to be processed and counted toward my fundraising goal?
Online donations are processed automatically and immediately applied to your fundraising total. Gifts made by check or money order will be processed and applied to your fundraising total within 48 hours of being received by the Fred's Team office.
- Are there sponsorship opportunities for my company?
Yes! If you work for a company that might be interested in sponsoring Fred’s Team, please contact us for more information. Custom opportunities and packages are available.
- Can the funds I raise through Fred's Team apply toward a pre-existing fundraising pledge at Memorial Sloan Kettering?
No. If you have made a pledge to Memorial Sloan Kettering, the funds raised through Fred’s Team may not be applied toward fulfilling that commitment. However, it is possible to establish a pledge through Fred’s Team. Please contact Julia Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information or to discuss your interests.
- How do I know if my company has a matching gifts program?
Many companies have programs that match their employees’ charitable contributions. This can double the amount of a donation, at no additional cost to the employee—a great way to increase your impact! Matching gifts will not be posted until all necessary paperwork has been received from both the employee and company. To find out if you or your donor works for a company with a matching gift program, check our matching gift search page here.
Please mail completed matching gifts forms to:
Memorial Sloan Kettering
1275 York Avenue
New York, NY 10065
- Can I create a Facebook Fundraiser for Fred’s Team?
We do not offer fundraising through Facebook at this time. We are here to assist with your fundraising efforts so please reach out to us with any questions around fundraising on other platforms so we can best assist.
Making a Donation
- How do I make a gift to an individual or a team?
It's simple to donate to Fred's Team in support of a participant or team. You can make a secure, online credit card donation or you can use our mail-in donation form. Click here to search for the participant or team you wish to support. While your gift will be immediately credited to the participant or team you have specified, it may take up to one hour for your online donation to be accurately reflected on the fundraising page. If after one hour you do not see the gift displayed correctly, please contact us.
- Where do I mail checks given to me by donors?
Simply print and fill out the donation form, enclose it with your check (all checks should be made payable to Memorial Sloan Kettering), and mail to:
Memorial Sloan Kettering
P.O. Box 27432
New York, NY 10087-7432
- How will my donation appear on my credit card statement?
Online gifts supporting Memorial Sloan Kettering (including Fred’s Team donations) will appear as "MSK 855-718-4054" on your credit card statement.
- What training support will I receive?
We welcome runners of all levels! You'll get the expert guidance and support you need to reach your goal. Some of the many benefits include a training chart, nutrition advice and tips from our USA Track & Field and Triathlon certified coaches. We also have mentors and assistant coaches to help!
- Where do I find my training resources?
The training chart, schedule, tips, and coaches' contact information can be found in your Participant Center.
- Where do I find the TCS New York City Marathon training run schedule?
The training schedule can be found in your Participant Center. Long training runs begin in June and end in October. Weekday workouts start in July.
- What happens if I get injured? Is there a cancellation policy?
If you are unable to participate in an official Fred's Team event due to illness, injury or conflict, you need to notify Fred's Team immediately. If you received a guaranteed entry from Fred's Team and did not cancel by the cancellation date, you will still be responsible for fulfilling the minimum fundraising requirement. Please contact us for each event’s specific cancellation policy. All donations received are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
- I’m a registered participant and I’m having trouble logging in. Can you help?
Double-check that you're entering your username and password correctly. Remember, your password is case-sensitive. Contact us if you continue to have trouble logging in.
- I can't remember my password. What should I do?
You can reset your password here.
- What information can I post on my fundraising pages?
Customize your fundraising page by sharing your story and why you’re running. This helps boost your fundraising success by showing potential donors why your race is important! Please note that all customized content, photos and videos are subject to MSK review and approval. If you plan to include personal information about other people on your fundraising page, including family members or friends whose lives have been touched by cancer, please be sure to consult with them first in case they have concerns about seeing the information made public.
- I’m having trouble uploading my photo to my fundraising page. Can you help?
Double check to make sure that the photo is a .jpg file and no larger than 4MB. All uploaded images will be resized to fit in a 300 x 400-pixel space.