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2020 NYC Half Marathon

March 15, 2020
New York, NY
United States

The National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) is proud to be among NYRR's official Charity Partners for the 2020 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon which will take place on Sunday, March 15, 2020. This opportunity will increase awareness of bleeding disorders, as well as raise much needed funds to support NHF's mission to finding better treatments and cures for inheritable bleeding disorders and to preventing the complications of these disorders through education, advocacy and research.

The 2020 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon will take our team of 15 runners around the country on a 13.1-mile tour of NYC! Funds raised by Team NHF will allow NHF to continue to fund innovative research to find better treatments and cures for bleeding disorders, educate medical practitioners and families on the latest bleeding disorders treatment options, ensure families have access to quality affordable care, and access to the best hemophilia resources that are available.


Runners are provided with a guaranteed entry into the 2020 United Airlines New York City Half Marathon in exchange for a commitment to raise a minimum of $1,500 to support NHF. Your fundraising support is a tremendous gift to our organization and the bleeding disorders community. We support you with access to an easy-to-build online fundraising page that you can use to track your progress.  Please be sure to check out our FAQs section for any questions you might have.

Applicants will be notified by email and telephone if accepted onto the NHF marathon team.


  • Race entry into the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon. NHF will cover race entry fees for runners requesting a guaranteed race entry
  • Personalized 12- or 16-week online training plan based on your fitness level and running experience
  • Fundraising tips and support, including a personal fundraising page to help meet your fundraising goals
  • Custom Red Tie Runners team dri-fit t-shirt
  • Team Brunch for you and a guest on Saturday, March 14th





What does ‘guaranteed entry’ mean?

“Guaranteed Entry” means that NHF will have a spot for you to run in the 2020 United Airlines New York City Half Marathon. In exchange for this entry, you will commit to raising funds for NHF.

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How do I become a charity runner for NHF?

It’s easy! You complete the online application and then we’ll set-up an interview to get to know you a little better.

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Do you already have a guaranteed entry?

You’re still welcome to join the Red Tie Runners! For a reduced fundraising commitment of $500, you can get access to the online training, fundraising, runner t-shirt and team brunch. Please use the same application link to submit your application.

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What happens after the interview?

We will send you a runner contract for you to sign and return to us. Then we’ll send you an “Invitation Code” to officially register for the race through the New York Road Runners website. Please note, all applications must officially register within two (2) weeks of receiving their Invitation Code. Runners who do not register within 2 weeks will risk losing their spot on the Red Tie Runners team.

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How do I start fundraising?

Once you register for the race, we will send you a link to our team Fundraising Page on the Unite Your Way platform for you to set-up your personal fundraising page. Once you set-up your page with a personal story and photo, you are all set to begin raising funds! In your personal story, include WHY you are doing this? Sometimes it’s very personal. You might be running in honor or in memory of a loved one. Your contacts are more likely to donate if they see a personal heartfelt message on your fundraising page.

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What is the minimum amount I need to raise?

The minimum fundraising amount for the 2020 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon is $1,500.

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What is the NYRR race registration fee?

The registration fee is set by New York Road Runners. It is completely separate from your fundraising commitment. NHF will cover this fee for you!

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What fundraising resources does NHF provide to help me reach my fundraising goal?

We are always here to help and support your fundraising efforts. All of our runners will receive a copy of our “Fundraising Toolkit” with sample donation request letters, fundraising tips and more. We will help you every step of the way so that you can reach your fundraising goal before the fundraising deadline.

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What if someone wants to donate via check rather than credit card on my fundraising page?

The donor can make out a check to “National Hemophilia Foundation” and in the memo section of the check; they should mention your name and 2020 NYC Half Marathon. We will then manually add that donation amount to your fundraising page. Please include the names of your donors and donation amounts, so that we can include this information when we add the donations to your page. They can either mail it directly to NHF or you can mail it to us at:

National Hemophilia Foundation
7 Penn Plaza, Suite 1204
New York, NY 10001
Attn: Diana Perrault

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What if someone gives me cash? What do I do?

If a donor gives you cash, you can either write a check to NHF for that amount and mail the check to NHF to the address listed above. Or, you can use your own credit card to donate that amount to your page. We don’t recommend mailing cash through the postal system.

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Are corporate matching gifts counted toward my goal?

Yes! Many companies match employees' charitable contributions. Please check with your employer to see if your company has this program, and ask your donors if their employers match gifts. Many companies issue matching gift checks quarterly or semi-annually, therefore, it is your responsibility to contact the matching company to ensure the checks will be issued before March 31, 2020.

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What happens if I don’t reach my fundraising goal by the deadline?

All fundraising commitments must be remitted to the National Hemophilia Foundation by Sunday, March 15, 2020. Any fundraising commitment outstanding after that date will be charged to your credit card on Monday, March 16, 2020. In the event of cancellation of the 2020 United Airlines New York City Half Marathon, no amount of the funds received by NHF will be returnable to you or the donor. A valid credit card in your name and valid through December 2020 must be provided upon acceptance into our team (please carefully read the runner contract).

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Can I continue to raise funds after the deadline?

Absolutely! Your fundraising page will remain open a couple of weeks after the event and we will gladly accept donations by check or via our website.

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Will NHF provide any type of training/coaching?

Yes! All of our runners will receive a personalized 12- or 16-week online training plan based on your fitness level and running experience through the NYRR virtual trainer.

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What happens if I need to cancel after signing up?

You may cancel your participation within the 2020 United Airlines New York City Half Marathon, waiving your responsibility for the $1,500 fundraising minimum, any time on or before February 1, 2020. In the event you need to cancel your participation, please contact us immediately so that we can process the paperwork (please read the runner contract carefully to make sure you understand what is involved.) Donations raised and received by our office will not be refunded, even if you cancel before February 1, 2020. Once you have cancelled, you cannot be reinstated in the 2020 United Airlines New York City Half Marathon. Your decision to cancel is final.

However, if you are unable to participate in the 2020 United Airlines New York City Half Marathon due to injury, accident etc. you may cancel your entry and receive a guaranteed entry to the 2021 race as long as you complete the minimum fundraising requirement of $1,500 by Monday, March 9, 2020. You will have guaranteed entry for the 2021 United Airlines New York City Half Marathon and it will be your responsibility to register during the drawing application period and pay the race registration fee in 2021. NHF will not be responsible for any of your 2021 race registration fees.

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For more information about Team NHF, please contact Diana Perrault at or call 646.874.3476.