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Frequently Asked Questions
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When is BellRinger Weekend?
BellRinger Weekend is October 20-21, 2023. The Ride will take place on Saturday, October 21, 2023 and will be preceded by an Opening Ceremony on the evening of Friday, October 20, 2023.
I want to ride. Are there fundraising requirements?
Yes, there is a minimum fundraising commitment for each route as follows:
- 25 miles – a commitment of $1,000 for cancer research
- 50 miles – a commitment of $1,250 for cancer research
- 100 miles – a commitment of $1,500 for cancer research
- Virtual Ride – a commitment of $500 for cancer research
Each Rider is required to accept BellRinger’s Fundraising Agreement and Cancellation Policy at the time of registration. Per the Fundraising Agreement and Cancellation Policy, Riders who do not meet their fundraising commitment by the fundraising deadline of December 21, 2023 will be charged the remainder of their fundraising commitment to their payment method provided at registration.
How much is the registration fee for Riders? Why do you charge a registration fee?
The registration fee for Riders is $100. This fee helps cover the costs of a Rider participating in BellRinger Weekend and helps ensure that 100% of funds raised by Riders, Virtual Riders, and volunteers directly funds groundbreaking cancer research at Georgetown Lombardi. The registration fee helps to cover the costs of top-notch food at the finish lines, drinks and snacks at rest stops, safety measures on the route, and other costs associated with making BellRinger Weekend an unforgettable experience.
What are the routes? Are maps of the routes available?
Check out the Ride page to learn more about the routes. Maps and turn by turn directions are available. As we are always working to ensure the safest and most enjoyable Ride experience, these routes may change slightly in the lead up to BellRinger. We will share the final turn by turn routes and downloadable GPS files with all Riders in the weeks leading up to BellRinger Weekend.
Which route should I select?
We encourage you to register for a route that you are physically comfortable riding. As a rule of thumb, almost anyone on any bike can ride 25 miles with some training. For 50 miles, we suggest Riders train one or two times each week during the warmer months. For 100 miles, Riders should plan to commit to more intensive training.
How do I change my route distance?
You can increase your route distance and corresponding minimum fundraising commitment at any time. If you choose to reduce your route distance prior to 11:59PM on September 21, 2023, your minimum fundraising commitment will also be reduced to correspond with your new ride distance. If you’d like to reduce your route distance after 11:59 PM on September 21, 2023, please contact us directly at Ride@BellRinger.org. We will be sure to note your change in Ride distance for our volunteers helping out on BellRinger Weekend, however your minimum fundraising commitment will remain the same, in keeping with our Fundraising Agreement and Cancellation Policy.
To increase your route distance or to decrease it prior to September 21, 2023, log in to your Rider Dashboard and click “Change My Route” from the menu on the right side.
When does the ride start?
We will depart Georgetown University as a group at 7:30 AM on Saturday, October 21, 2023. We’ll space everyone out to ensure a safe start, and we’ll provide ample information prior to the ride on specific arrival times, parking details, and other logistics for Saturday morning.
What type of bike do I need?
Just about any bike will get you across the 25-mile finish, but a hybrid will be most comfortable. If you are riding 50 or 100 miles, you may think about investing in a road bike. If you are interested in looking for a new bike, we’d be glad to help! Reach out to Ride@BellRinger.org and we’ll be sure to point you in the right direction.
How should I train for BellRinger?
We do recommend that everyone Riding in BellRinger does a bit of training beforehand. But don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Check out the BellRinger Training Guide. The training guide includes safety tips, suggested training schedules, and more.
We recommend training based on your route distance and needs. 25-mile Riders will find it useful throughout the summer to go on a few bike rides building up to 25-miles in total distance. 50 and 100-mile Riders should develop training plans—alone or with your Team—and ride at least two times per week in the months leading up to the Ride.
2023 training rides will begin in the spring! Keep your eyes peeled for further information on our social platforms.
What if I don't have a bike? Can I rent one for BellRinger?
We’re partnering with Unlimited Biking to offer bike rentals for BellRinger Weekend. They’ll have hybrids, road bikes, and e-assist bikes available in a variety of sizes. Unlimited Biking provides complimentary helmets with all bike rentals. The BellRinger Team will send out communications once the rental bike reservation system has opened for 2023.
When you book a bicycle with Unlimited Biking for BellRinger, you’ll have the option to pick up your bike at the Opening Ceremony on Friday, October 20, where it will be stored overnight in our bike corrals, or the morning of the Ride on Saturday, October 21.
Once you’ve completed your Ride, our volunteers will grab your rental bike from you at the finish line and ensure that it is returned for you.
Is there a minimum age to ride in BellRinger?
You must be at least 14 years of age to ride in BellRinger. Riders who are 14-15 years old may register to Ride the 25-mile and 50-mile routes. Riders who are 16 years and older may register for any of the routes. Parents or guardians will be required to execute the Rider Agreement and Waiver on behalf of the minor Rider, and each minor Rider must be accompanied by an adult.
Can I ride a tandem bicycle in BellRinger?
Sure! Tandem bikes are a great way to participate in BellRinger with a friend or family member. Each Rider on the tandem bicycle must register separately and meet their own individual fundraising commitment for the route that is chosen.
Can I allow someone else to Ride in my place in BellRinger?
Unfortunately, we’ve got to say no on this one. Your registration as a Rider in BellRinger isn’t transferable, even if you don’t or can’t Ride in BellRinger for any reason, including any illness or injury that may limit or preclude your participation. You are not permitted to grant another person the right to Ride in BellRinger in your place under any circumstances.
What is the Virtual Ride?
Virtual Riders are individuals who choose to craft their own activity for their BellRinger experience. Virtual Riders may choose to design a solo bike route, trek a familiar hike, walk 25 miles in a week, or complete any other activity they’re excited about. Whatever you’re interested in doing, let it motivate your fundraising — and share pictures and stories with the BellRinger team, so we can celebrate with you.
Do Virtual Riders get to participate in BellRinger Weekend?
Most Virtual Riders will not participate in the physical events of BellRinger Weekend. Virtual Riders are instead invited to craft their own BellRinger activity, whether that be during BellRinger Weekend or in the weeks leading up to it. Virtual Riders are also welcome to volunteer for BellRinger Weekend to take part in the Ride Weekend festivities.
Are there fundraising minimums for Virtual Riders?
Yes! Virtual Riders are asked to commit to raising $500 for cancer research. Each Virtual Rider is required to accept BellRinger’s Fundraising Agreement and Cancellation Policy at the time of registration. Per the Fundraising Agreement and Cancellation Policy, Virtual Riders who do not meet their fundraising commitment by the fundraising deadline of December 21, 2023 will be charged the remainder of their fundraising commitment to their payment method provided at registration.
Is there a registration fee for Virtual Riders?
Nope! There is no registration fee for Virtual Riders.
Is there a minimum age to Virtual Ride?
Yes, you must be at least 14 years of age to become a Virtual Rider.
How do Virtual Riders fundraise?
Virtual Riders fundraise just like Riders. They create a public Virtual Rider profile on our site to tell their BellRinger story and receive donations. Through their Virtual Rider Dashboard, they can track donations and send fundraising emails to friends and family.
How can I change from a Virtual Rider to a Rider?
Virtual Riders can elect to become in-person Riders at any time by logging into their Virtual Rider Dashboard and selecting “Change My Route.” You’ll be prompted to follow a few registration steps that will update your status to Rider.
Can I volunteer for BellRinger?
Absolutely! There will be ample volunteer opportunities during BellRinger Weekend. Volunteers are the backbone of Ride Weekend, bringing the energy, hard work, and dedication that makes BellRinger Weekend an unforgettable experience. Volunteers are needed to staff BellRinger’s Opening Ceremony and the Ride itself. We are also recruiting a team of Lead Volunteers who will guide groups of volunteers throughout BellRinger Weekend. If you are interested in becoming a Lead Volunteer, please email us at Ride@BellRinger.org.
When does volunteer registration open?
Volunteer registration will open in January and remain open until BellRinger Weekend. Check back for updates on specific volunteer opportunities.
Do volunteers have a minimum fundraising commitment?
Volunteers do not have a fundraising commitment, but they are able to fundraise just like Riders and Virtual Riders if they choose to do so. Each volunteer will have a Volunteer Profile and a Volunteer Dashboard that they can use to fundraise.
What is the minimum age to volunteer?
You must be at least 14 years old to volunteer, and any minor volunteers must have a parent or guardian’s permission in order to participate.
Can my children accompany me while I volunteer?
The minimum age for volunteering is 14 years old. If you would like to have your family join you at a rest stop or finish line, we encourage them to come and cheer on Riders! Please be sure you have arranged for another adult to monitor your children during your shift so that you are able to focus on helping our Riders.
What is a team?
A team is a group of Riders, Virtual Riders, and/or volunteers. Creating a team allows friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to participate in BellRinger together. teams can train and fundraise together leading up to BellRinger Weekend. In addition to the individual Rider Profile pages, a separate team profile page allows you to highlight your team roster and share why your team is Riding.
What is a Pack?
A Pack is a group of BellRinger teams formed by a large organization or community group. A Pack allows an organization that would otherwise have an extremely large team to organize itself into smaller Teams within their Pack. Packs operate similarly to teams to encourage Riders to work together on fundraising, train together, and enjoy BellRinger Weekend with peers. If your group is interested in starting a Pack, please contact BellRinger, and we can help you set one up.
How do I join a team?
You can join a team during or after registering for BellRinger. During the registration process you will be prompted to join a team, create a team, or continue as a solo participant. After registration, you can log in to your Rider, Virtual Rider, or Volunteer dashboard and select the “Join a team” option from the left-side menu. This will prompt you to search for and select the team you’d like to join.
How do I start my team?
If you’d like to create your own team, you can do so during or after the registration process. During the registration process you’ll be prompted to join a team, create a team, or continue as a solo participant. After registration, you can create a team by logging into your Rider, Virtual Rider, or Volunteer Dashboard and selecting the “Create a team” option. When you create a team, you become the team Captain, or leader, of that team. You can always assign a new Captain for your team by contacting BellRinger.
How do teams share funds?
The fund sharing period for BellRinger 2023 will occur in the two weeks prior to the December 21, 2023 fundraising deadline. A member of our team will be in touch with captains of teams eligible for sharing during this time.
Funds donated directly to the team may be shared among individual team Riders and Virtual Riders who still need additional funds to reach their fundraising commitment.
If an individual team member has exceeded their fundraising commitment, their excess funds can be distributed to another member of the team who has not met their commitment.
Each team will set their fund sharing guidelines individually. For ideas and guidance, check out the Team Toolkit in the Resources section of your Rider dashboard. While we support fund sharing, we do ask that you use fund sharing to supplement, not drive, your individual fundraising efforts. Keep in mind that dollars shared ultimately affect the total dollars raised for life-saving cancer research. All requests to share funds must be emailed to Ride@BellRinger.org by your team captain.
How do I fundraise?
Fundraising should be exciting! You are making a real impact on lifesaving cancer research through your commitment. We believe in three basic fundraising principles:
- Get personal – Reaching out to your friends and family and sharing your excitement for BellRinger is the best first step. Your story is the greatest asset you have, and we encourage you to share that with everyone you can.
- Get creative – Bring in your other hobbies, such as a bake sale or a wine tasting, to share about your participation in BellRinger and encourage donations.
- Be bold – Keep in mind that everyone has been affected by cancer. While asking for money can be awkward, have confidence that your commitment to funding cancer research is well worth it. Be genuine, and we believe that you’ll have enthusiastic support.
Remember to direct friends and family to your Rider Profile to view your story and donate to your Ride. Check out our Fundraising Toolkit for more tips and tricks for successful fundraising.
When is the fundraising deadline?
The fundraising deadline for BellRinger 2023 is 11:59 PM on December 21, 2023.
Why do you ask for my credit card information?
Each Rider pays a non-refundable registration fee that does not count towards their minimum fundraising commitment. This registration fee is charged to the Rider’s card upon registration. Card information must remain on file in the event that the Rider’s minimum fundraising commitment is not met by the fundraising deadline. After the fundraising deadline, the card will be charged for the remainder of the minimum fundraising commitment, if any. Virtual Riders are not charged a registration fee but will be asked to keep a card on file in case their minimum fundraising commitment is not met by the fundraising deadline.
Can I withdraw my registration in BellRinger?
We’re sad to see you go, but we understand that things change. The deadline to withdraw your registration is 11:59 PM on September 21, 2023. Please contact the BellRinger team at Ride@BellRinger.org if you’d like to withdraw your registration. Before doing so, please reference the Fundraising Agreement and Cancellation Policy.
Can I use BellRinger marketing materials for my personal fundraising efforts?
Definitely. You are able to use BellRinger’s logos and other design elements for your personal fundraising efforts. You can access these logos in our 2023 asset kit located on the resources page or in your Rider dashboard. Please send any final designs that use BellRinger’s assets to Alyssa Bielinski at Alyssa@Bellringer.org for approval before publication and production.
What do I do if a donor hands me a check?
We can take care of it for you! Please just mail the check to:
500 First St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Also, please be sure that your name is included in the memo line, so that we can ensure that the donation is credited to your Ride. If the donor made the check out to your name, you can sign the check over to BellRinger prior to mailing it in. Just write “Pay to the order of BellRinger” in the endorsement area on the back of the check and be sure to sign it as well.
Where does the money go?
100% of funds raised support lifesaving cancer research at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. You can learn more about BellRinger’s impact at this link, or visit the Georgetown Lombardi website.
How do I make a donation?
Thank you for your support! To make a donation, click on the “Donate” button in the upper right-hand corner of your screen and search for a Rider or Team. Select “Quick Donate” to start the donation process or “View Profile” to learn about a Rider’s story prior to donating to their Ride. You can also make a general donation to BellRinger by clicking the link just below the Rider search bar.
How do I make a donation via check?
Thank you for your support! If you prefer to make your donation via check rather than by credit card, please mail your check to the address listed below. You can make your check payable to BellRinger. Please write the name of the Rider or Team on the memo line of the check or in an accompanying note. If you’d like your donation to remain anonymous to the Rider and/or the public, please let us know in your note. We will post the check to the Rider or Team profile once it is received.
500 First St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Why do you ask for so much donor information?
The data we collect is necessary to create accurate donor records and provide appropriate tax acknowledgement information. If you have any questions about the information that is being collected, please contact BellRinger at Ride@BellRinger.org.
Is my donation tax-deductible? If so, when will I receive a tax receipt?
Of course! All donations to BellRinger are considered donations directly to Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and are 100% tax-deductible in the United States, unless the donor received goods and/or services in exchange for all or a portion of his/her donation, such as through an auction or other fundraiser. For international donors, please refer to your local tax laws to determine if your donation to BellRinger is tax-deductible. All credit card donors will immediately receive a tax acknowledgement letter via email. All check donors will receive a tax acknowledgement letter via snail mail after the check is received by BellRinger.