Although we are not able to offer a searchable FAQ site at this time, we did want to post the answers to at least the most frequently asked questions.  Please check back often as new questions will be posted and updates will be made!

If you have questions that are not answered here, please contact us at neparkinsonsride@gmail.com.  Thank you for your patience as we grow!

 

How do I access my Team Fox Participant Center? (THIS IS BEING CHANGED TO YOUR “FUNDRAISING HQ” FOR 2017. DETAILS COMING SOON!)

You will use your Participant Center through the Michael J Fox Foundation to make changes to your home page, email donors, track fundraising, etc.

Use the PARTICIPANT CENTER button on our Home Page.  Once linked to Team Fox you will see the Participant Center Login in the top hand corner.  Select that link and enter your Team Fox username and password.

You may also use the link below:

https://www.michaeljfox.org/get-involved/teamfox.php

If it brings up The New England Parkinson’s Ride, just click on the little orange arrow, and it will bring you to your own Personal Page.

 

How can I send a link to my Personal Page in emails or FaceBook?

Go to our Home Page  and click on Donate, then Find a Participant.  Put in your name, or even a portion of it, and search.  Click on your name and then copy the url at the top of the page.  You can just use that as the link or, once you copy it to a document, you can create a hyperlink and rename it My Personal Page or whatever you like.  If you need help, please contact us at neparkinsonsride@gmail.com

 

What should I do if a donor would prefer to write a check rather than donating online?

In order to make sure that the funds are credited to you and the ride, the check should be made out to the Michael J Fox Foundation (or MJFF) and given or mailed to you.

You will then need to complete the MJFF Tracking Sheet (available under the Forms and Flyers section of our website) and either mail it in to the address on the form or bring it to the ride.   Please make absolutely sure that your name is large and legible at the top of the form.  Please note, the Michael J Fox Foundation cannot accept cash.  If someone makes a cash donation your best option is to deposit it in your personal checking account and either write your own check or use your credit card to make an online donation in the name of the donor. 

If you turn your MJFF Tracking Form in on the day of the ride, it must be in a sealed envelope with your name and the total amount included written on the outside of the envelope.  (Since cash cannot be forwarded to MJFF, any cash included in the envelope will be deposited in to the New England Parkinson’s Ride and one check will be written to MJFF.  While the donations will go toward the overall fundraising of the Ride, we cannot possibly break it down by cyclist.)

 

My company has a Matching Funds Program, how do I handle that?

Because Team Fox deals with thousands of events and participants, it is difficult for them to appropriately credit matching funds to a specific cyclist, especially when they are mailed directly to The Michael J Fox Foundation.  Although the funds still go to research, which is our ultimate goal, they may not reflect in the totals raised by the cyclist or the New England Parkinson’s Ride.

Since we are a 501c3 Charitable Organization, with our own Tax ID# it is much cleaner if these funds are directed to us where we can record them to your Team Fox account and forward on to the Michael J Fox Foundation.  Rest assured, 100% of the funds raised by cyclists will be fowarded directly to MJFF.

If you or one of your donors work for a company that has a Matching Funds policy, please make absolutely sure that your name is shown as the cyclist and list the recipient as:

The New England Parkinson’s Ride

PO Box 1124

Merrimack, NH  03054

Our Tax ID# is 45-2326338.  If they need a document from the IRS showing our status, or you have further question, please contact us at neparkinsonsride@gmail.com

Note: If the employer requires that the check is written out directly to MJFF, but please still have it mailed to the ride at the above address and make sure your name is indicated in the memo section.  The Tax ID for The Michael J Fox Foundation is #13-4141945.

 

Is there a Fee to register for the ride?

Yes, there is a $75 Registration Fee for all adult cyclists and $25 for teen cyclists (ages 13-17).  There is no fee for youth riders under the age of 13 but all youth and teen riders must be accompanied by an adult family member (or have a notarized permission slip to ride with someone else).  Since 100% of the funds raised by cyclists goes directly to the Michael J Fox Foundation to be used for research toward a cure, the Registration Fee covers the actual operation of the ride….things like porta potties, food and drink at all rest stops and the start and end of the ride, tshirts for all participants, entertainment, and coming in 2017-new chip technology! 

 

Is there a minimum fund raising requirement?

Since the sole purpose of doing this ride is to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s Disease, all adult cyclists are required to raise a minimum of $100 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation.  Teen and Youth riders, are not required to raise these funds but it is our sincere hope that this will be a learning opportunity for them to get involved in some capacity.  Even the youngest of them can have a lemonade stand, help at a yard sale, or do chores around the house or for neighbors and other family members.

 

Do all the rides start at the same place?

Yes, all rides start and end at The Ballpark at Old Orchard Beach.  Start times are as follows but please plan to arrive at least a 45 minutes early to sign in at the Registration Table.

100 Miles – 7:30

50 Miles – 9:00

30 Miles – 10:30

10 Miles – 12:00

 

Where can I get a map of the various routes?

Free Mapmyride downloads as well as turn by turn cue sheets are available on the website under the Ride tab, then Maps and Directions.

 

Am I required to where a helmet?

Absolutely!  All cyclists (or parents of cyclists under age 18) are required to sign a Waiver and agree to abide by the Rules of the Road.  These are available under the Download section of the website.

 

Is there someplace nearby where I can rent a bike for the ride?

Here are two reputable shops that cyclists have used in the past. Unfortunately they cannot offer a discount because margins are so small.

Gorham Bike and Ski in Saco and Portland

Allspeed Cyclery in Portland