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frequently asked questions


Q: Do you have to be registered to participate in the Jimmy Fund Walk?
A: Yes. Everyone who walks must be registered, pay the registration fee, and commit to the fundraising minimum, except children under the age of 2 years old. For the safety of all walkers, we need to have relevant emergency contact information. An accurate count of walkers ensures adequate volunteer support, first aid, water, and snacks along the route. Each registered participant receives a T-shirt, bib number, commemorative Walk medal, and has access to the finish line area. Each participant must also accept the fundraising agreement.

Q: What is the fundraising agreement for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk?
A: Your registration information cannot be processed unless you agree to the following policy:

In consideration of the acceptance of my registration in the 2017 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk (BMJFW) I agree to collect the fundraising minimum (registration fee not included) of $300 (or $100 for participants 12 years old and younger on Walk day) for the benefit of the Jimmy Fund and to be personally responsible for the difference if I fail to collect the required funds. The deadline for receipt of the minimum amount is October 16, 2017. I understand that the outstanding balance towards the minimum fundraising requirement will be charged to my credit card if I have not met this requirement by the deadline.

Q: What are the route options?
A: You can register for one of four different routes, all taking place along the Boston Marathon® course; and concluding at the Copley Square Finish Line in Boston:
  • Marathon Walk (26.2 miles) from Hopkinton
  • Half Marathon Walk (13.1 miles) from Wellesley
  • 10K Walk (6.2 miles) from Newton
  • 5K Walk (3.1 miles) from Dana-Farber
  • Can't make it on Walk day? Register as a Virtual Walker!
Q: What is a Virtual Walker?
A: Virtual Walkers are participants who cannot attend the Jimmy Fund Walk on Walk day, but still want to participate as fundraisers. Virtual Walkers are encouraged to raise as much money as they can, but do not have a required fundraising minimum or pay a registration fee. Any Virtual Walker who raises $300 or more ($100 if 12 years old or younger on Walk day) will be mailed a Jimmy Fund Walk T-shirt and medal. To register as a Virtual Walker, choose "Virtual Walker" as your route option on the registration form

Please Note: Virtual Walkers are not eligible to participate in the Jimmy Fund Walk on Walk day. If you would like to switch from a Virtual Walker to a Walk day participant, please contact us.

Q: Can I register a group or family at the same time?
A: Yes, to register multiple walkers, you need to complete a separate registration for each person and process each registration payment as a separate transaction. Please keep in mind that if you use your credit card to register other walkers, your card will be charged if they do not meet the fundraising minimum by the October 16, 2017 deadline.

Q: Can I use the same username and password from last year's Walk to register online?
A: Please do! If you've walked before, auto fill the registration form with your username and password from past years to ensure all of your information carries over to this year's Jimmy Fund Walk. If you don't remember your username, contact us and we will look it up for you.

Please note: You need to register for the Jimmy Fund Walk each year that you participate.

Q: Once I have registered, can I change any of my registration information?
A: Yes. After you register, you can update your personal or contact information, change route selection, switch teams, join a team, or even start a new team by following these steps:
  • Login to MyHQ
  • Click the ‘Edit my Profile’ tab
  • Edit the appropriate information
  • Click ‘Update’ on the bottom of the screen to make sure your changes are saved
If any other changes need to be made, please contact us.

Q: When is the deadline for registration?
A: Online registration will close at the end of the day on Thursday, September 21, 2017. If you miss the online registration cutoff, you will be able to register at any of the starting locations on Walk day or at Early Check-In. Please note, the registration fee on Walk weekend is $40.

Q: What is the cancellation policy?
A: You must cancel before September 21, 2017 at noon in order to be released from the fundraising minimum requirement of $300 (or $100 if 12 years old or younger). If you do not cancel by September 21, then you are responsible for the fundraising minimum whether you participate on Walk day or not. The registration fee is non-refundable. If the date for the event is postponed, this policy will also apply to the event on the rescheduled date. Please note: Each walker is required to agree to the cancellation policy at the time of registration.

Q: What do you receive as a registered walker?
A: All walkers receive a Walk day T-shirt, hat, medal, a personal fundraising webpage, as well as complimentary fundraising materials and resources.

Participants who raise $1,500 or more will also receive additional perks for becoming a Pacesetter.
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