Frequently Asked Questions


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Registration:

Q. What are the requirements to participate?
A. To participate you must:

  •  Pay the registration fee of $140
  •  Be over age 14 (riders under 18 years of age must get permission from a legal guardian)
  •  Be able to maintain a speed of 18 mph on a course with varied terrain, which includes hills
  •  Raise a minimum of $140 in addition to the registration fee

Q. After I register online, what are my next steps?

 A. Your next steps are:

  • Set up your personal fundraising webpage in your Participant Center.  
  • Add your story and a photo to express your commitment and dedication to help children and adults fighting cancer. 
  • Create an address book by adding email addresses of your family and friends so you can quickly send emails about your participation in the 2017 Patrick's Ride. 
  • Send emails to friends and family asking for support, personally thanking those who have supported your efforts, and encourage people to join you in the cause.

Q. What do I do if I forgot my Username and/or Password?
A. To reset your username and/or password, click the "Log In" button on the top right hand corner of this page and click the "Forgot Username or Password?" link.

Q. Is my registration tax-deductible?

A. No. Registration fees are not tax-deductible, however, any donations you make are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted under the law.

Q. Does my registration fee count as a portion of my fundraising efforts?
A. No. Your registration fee does not count towards your fundraising total.

Fundraising:

Q. Are their fundraising requirements for riders?
A. Yes. All Riders are required to raise a minimum of $140. It’s the fundraising dollars that will help better the lives of children and adults fighting cancer. Once you’ve hit your minimum fundraising goal – aim even higher – set your own personal goal!

Q. What is my online Participant Center webpage?
A. This page is an online fundraising tool for your use when asking your friends and family to support you by making a donation. Once you sign up for an event, by default, you will have a personal page created for you. You have the option of personalizing this page and sharing with people why you are dedicated to Patrick’s Ride. You can share stories about why you are raising funds and post pictures.  

Q. Can I share my fundraising to my Facebook, Twitter and Linked In account?
A. Yes! There are two ways to do this. Once you are registered and have personalized your page, pull up your personal page by either searching your name or logging into your Participant Center. Once on your personal page, on the right hand side, there is an option to share your page on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and through your personal Email!

Another way is to post a message on Facebook and/or Twitter and include your custom url. 

Q. How are the fundraising proceeds used?

A. One hundred percent of the Patrick’s Ride proceeds benefit pediatric and adult cancer patients at the Dwaine and Cynthia Willet Children’s Hospital of Savannah and the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center.  

Q. How should donation checks be made payable?
A. Memorial Health Foundation. In memo line, write "Patrick’s Ride". 

Q. Where can I send donations? 
A. Please complete this Donation Form and mail to:

      Patrick’s Ride
      Memorial Health Foundation
      P.O. Box 23089
      Savannah, GA 31403 

Or, drop off check donations collected at the following locations:

  • Memorial Health Foundation, 100 Riverview Drive, Ste 301, Savannah, GA 31404
  • Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute, 4700 Waters Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404
  • Packet Pick-up - Fri, Oct. 20
  • Check-in - Sat, Oct. 21

Do not mail cash donations.

Please put your donations in a sealed envelope with your name, the total amount enclosed on the outside of that envelope. Please include a list of your donors and their address so we can send them a thank you note.

Q. Can people make donations over the phone?
A.  Yes. Donors can call (912) 350-8992 to make a credit card donation over the phone.  

Q. Can I make a donation to a specific individual or donation to the event?
A. Yes. The website allows you to direct your donation towards a specific individual, team, or to the event overall. 

Q. What is the last day to turn in all the donations I’ve collected?
A. The last day for donations to count towards your minimum and any fundraising prizes is Oct. 21, 2017. The last day for donations to count for 2017 is Dec. 31, 2017.

Ride Logistics and Safety:

Q. When do I pick up my packet?
A. Packet pickup is on Friday, Oct. 20 from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue, Savannah, GA, 31404.

Q. I registered online. Where do I go on the day of the ride?
A. On the day of the ride from 6:15 - 6:45am, go to the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue (same place as Packet Pickup). All riders MUST check in the day of the ride.

Q. Can I invite family, friends & supporters to the start & finish lines?
A.  
Yes!!! We encourage you to invite your friends, family and supporters to the start & finish lines. For the safety of the riders, we request families and friends do not travel the route. The ride will start at the Anderson Cancer Institute, 4700 Waters Avenue, Savannah, Ga, 31404, and the finish line will be at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center, 2 Tenth Street, Augusta, GA 30901.

Q. Are helmets required for bike riders.
A. All participants are required to wear a helmet.

Q. Will the event take place if it rains?
A. Yes. The event is rain or shine. We reserve the right to cancel in extreme circumstances. In that event, there will be no refunds; rather, your entry fee and all donations you’ve collected will be a donation to benefit cancer patients.

Q. Are the roads closed to traffic for the ride?
A. No. The roads are not closed to traffic during the ride. Use caution and obey normal traffic rules. We ride as a group, and there will be a team of volunteers in vehicles behind riders cautioning other motorists cyclists ahead. In Savannah and in Augusta we will have law enforcement escorts.

Jerseys:

Q. When will I get my jersey?
A. You can pick up your jersey at packet pickup on Friday, Oct. 20 from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute, 4700 Waters Avenue, Savannah, GA, 31404.

Q. Can I wear another jersey during the ride?
A. 
Please don't. The ride jerseys aid in identifying our riders and help build camaraderie of the ride.