Frequently Asked Questions
1. What time does my ride start?
The Rainier Family Ride will begin at 12:00 pm (we know how tough it can be to get some of our younger ones out the door before then!)
All of the other routes will begin at 8:00 am on Saturday. The 2-Day riders will begin their second day out of Pack Forest at 8:00 am.
2. Where do I park?
If you are participating in either of the 2-day rides, you will be parking at the Centralia High School parking lot (813 Eshom Rd, Centralia, WA 98531). If you are participating in any of the 1-day rides, you will be parking at the Eatonville High School parking lot (302 Mashell Ave N, Eatonville, WA 98328).
We will be providing a shuttle services from the parking lots to the starting lines, or you are also welcome to ride your bike to the starting lines. Security will be provided throughout the parking lots overnight.
3. How do I get from the parking areas to the start line?
Great question! We will have a shuttle ready for you, or you are welcome to ride your bike to the start line.
4. How will I get any luggage from Centralia to Pack Forest and back?
We’ll take care of that for you! Check your gear in the morning - courtesy of UPS, and we’ll get it to the finish line for you in Pack Forest on day 1 and in Centralia on day 2.
5. What accommodations are available?
Accommodations booked through Courage are on a first-come, first-served basis and will be held for 2-day riders. Cabins and dorms at Pack Forest and rooms at the Mill Village Motel are available for reservation through registration. Plenty of camping is available at Pack Forest (for free!), and we promise to make it fun and family-friendly!
6. I’m staying at the Mill Village Motel. How will I get there and back?
We’ll have a shuttle running to and from Mill Village Motel.
7. I’m participating in one of the 1-day rides. Do I have to stay overnight?
No way! Our new structure and new location are designed to make life easy on our riders. If you want to head home after enjoying the fun, feel free.
8. Will there be a packet pickup?
Yes! We will have 2 pre-event packet pickup days available for your convenience.
On Wednesday, August 23 from 3:00-7:00 pm, join us at the Green River Cyclery and Busted Bike Cafe (8 S Division St, Auburn, WA 98001) to pick up your packet.
Stay tuned for more information on the Tacoma packet pickup location, date, and time.
9. Why do I have to meet my fundraising minimum by August 16?
All riders will be expected to meet their fundraising minimum in order to ride. The August 16 deadline will provide enough time to process final donations and prepare your packets for packet pick-up.
10. I can’t make it that weekend, but I still want to fundraise. Is that an option?
Of course! When you’re going through the registration process, just click on the Virtual Rider option. You’ll get set up with a fundraising page so you can still support the cause even if you can’t ride.
11. Can I volunteer to help at the event?
Absolutely! Courage is powered by the support of incredible volunteers throughout the community. Click here to see jobs and descriptions and then follow the steps below.
I want to apply! If you have not applied to volunteer at Multicare, please follow this link.
I've already applied and ready to sign-up! Please follow this link to schedule yourself to volunteer. Once in the Volunteer Services Center, click My Schedule, go to August 2017, and click the date you wish you volunteer. This will show you what positions are still open!
12. What does the money raised go towards?
100% of donor contributions to Mary Bridge Children’s Courage support patient care and family support at Mary Bridge.
13. What’s your Tax ID Number?
The Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation Tax ID Number is 94-3030039.
14. I’m not sure how to start fundraising. Can you help me?
15. Who should I make checks out to?
Thank you for your support! All checks should be made out to Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation.
16. Am I able to switch to a different ride than the one I originally registered for?
Yes, you can change your ride by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the name you are registered under, the ride you are currently registered for, and the ride you would like to change to. This will also change your registration fee and fundraising minimum to match the ride you wish to register for. Ride changes can only be made prior to 11:59 pm on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. You cannot reduce your fundraising minimum after Wednesday, July 19, even if you do not or cannot ride for any reason. If you change your ride resulting in a decreased fundraising minimum before July 19, any funds that have already been donated by you or others to Mary Bridge Children’s Courage to reach your fundraising minimum are not refundable.
17. What is your cancellation policy?
If you have to cancel, please understand that your registration fee is non-transferrable and non-refundable.
18. When does registration close?
Registration closes on August 16, 2017.
19. My child is going to be a passenger on my bike but won't be pedaling. Do they need to register?
Nope! If your child is just along for the ride, they don't need to register. You will, however, need to sign a waiver for them when you pick up your packet. Keep in mind that if your child isn't registered, there is no meal or t-shirt included for them. You can always purchase meal tickets for them at the event though!
20. My child is going to ride on a tandem bike with me. Do they need to register?
Nope! If your child is riding tandem, we anticipate that they won't be doing much of the pedaling (sorry, mom and dad!). They won't need to register, however, you will need to sign a waiver for them when you pick up your packet. Keep in mind that if your child isn't registered, there is no meal or t-shirt included for them. You can always purchase meal tickets for them at the event though!
If you are riding tandem with another adult, both adults will need to register for the ride and will be required to meet the individual fundraising minimums.
21. How can I double my donations?
We like where your head's at! Most employers have Matching Gift Programs to match charitable donations made by their employees. It’s easy to do and a great way reach your fundraising goals even faster! Reach out to your HR department today to find out if your company has a Matching Gift Program so you can double your support for the children of Mary Bridge.
22. How will riders be supported throughout the event?
Riders will be fully supported on every ride with SAG (Support and Gear) Vehicles, Bike Maintenance Professionals, and of course, our famous rest stops run by Rotary Clubs of Pierce County and other generous community groups. We do encourage our riders to prepare for the ride by visiting your local bike shop for a tune-up, participating in training rides, and reviewing our Bicycle Safety and Etiquette Guide ahead of time.
23. Are there Courage jerseys available for purchase?
Yes, and we'd love to see you in a Courage jersey! We have two different styles available for you. Our official Courage jersey, and new this year, we have a semi-customizable jersey option so you can easily include a Team Name, logo, or photo! Click here to see the options and purchase yours.