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Muscle Walk FAQ

Below are some of our more frequently asked questions, if you don't see your question below, drop us a line at musclewalk@mdausa.org, and we'll do our best to get you your answer.

Registering

How do I find my local Muscle Walk?
Is there a step-by-step guide to registering?
I want to register as a member of a team but I didn’t see my team listed.
Can I register a family member?
Why did I get an email saying I am registered?
Someone registered me. How do I log into my Participant Center?
Who do I contact if I need help with the website?
Can I register for more than one walk?
I do not see a walk listed in my hometown. How can I bring Muscle Walk to my community?

Day of the Event

How long is the Muscle Walk?
What happens if it rains on walk day?
Are the routes accessible to people who use wheelchairs or scooters?
Does it cost anything to participate in the walk?
How can I get a T-shirt on walk day?
What if a friend wants to come along at the last minute and isn't registered?
Can I bring my dog?

Participant Center

How do I log into my Participant Center?
Is my username and password the same as last year?
What do I do if I forgot my username and password?
What can I do in my Participant Center?

Fundraising & Donations

Is there a fundraising minimum?
Where does the money I raise go?
Does the money I raise help people in my community?
How much money do Muscle Walk events raise for the Muscular Dystrophy Association?
How do I donate to someone online?
To whom do I make checks payable?
How do I turn in money/checks/donations?
I have donations, but I am unable to participate in the event.
What if my company wants to match my donations?
I am unable to attend but would like to fundraise. How do I do this?
What is the Circle of Strength?

Registering

How do I find my local Muscle Walk?
Search for an event near you by entering a zip code here.

Is there a step-by-step guide to registering?
Download a step-by-step guide to registering here.

I want to register as a member of a team but I didn't see my team listed.
Your team captain may not have registered yet. Contact your team captain to see if he or she has registered, or if the team name has changed.

Can I register a family member?
Yes. When you reach the "Registration Summary" of the registration process you will see the "Register Family Member" button next to the "Complete Registration" button. If you choose to do so, you should enter that person's contact information, including a unique email address if they have one. You can register each member of your family and click "Complete Registration" when you're finished. This function is available only when you are initially registering. After you close out your registration, you will not be able to add additional family members. They will need to register as participants by joining your team.

Why did I get an email saying I am registered?
Someone from your team registered you for the walk. See the question below for information on logging into your Muscle Walk Participant Center.

Someone registered me. How do I log into my Participant Center?
If your family member registered you and provided your email address, you will get an email indicating that you've been registered for Muscle Walk and providing a link for you to change your password. Once you've changed your password you can log into your Participant Center and start fundraising.

Who do I contact if I need help with the website?
Please contact the staff member listed on the front page of the event website. If you still need help, contact musclewalk@mdausa.org.

Can I register for more than one walk?
Yes! Before you register for your second walk, first log in using the username and password you created when you registered for your first walk. Then, find the walk you'd like to register for and complete the registration form. When you log into the Muscle Walk site you will see a "My Events" button at the top on the right-hand side of the screen. Click this button to visit the Participant Center for each of your registered events.

I do not see a walk listed in my hometown. How can I bring Muscle Walk to my community?
New walk sites are added every year thanks to the interest and support of local volunteers. If you are interested in hosting a Muscle Walk event in your community, click on this link to share your interest with your local office.

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Day of the Event

Please note that MDA Muscle Walk events vary slightly. Check your local event's page for specific details and exact start times.

How long is the Muscle Walk?
Most Muscle Walk events are 3K to 5K in distance.

What happens if it rains on walk day?
Muscle Walk events are rain or shine, so you may need to bring an umbrella or a poncho. In the event of severe weather, MDA staff may cancel or postpone an event. This information will be communicated through an event email.

Are the routes accessible to people who use wheelchairs or scooters?
Yes. All of our routes are accessible for participants in wheelchairs or scooters, as well as families with strollers or wagons.

Does it cost anything to participate in the walk?
Registration for the event is free. We encourage everyone to fundraise, and each walker who raises $100 will get a participant T-shirt on walk day. You may also qualify for other great prizes as you continue to fundraise.

How can I get a T-shirt on walk day?
During your registration, you will indicate what size T-shirt you would like. Each walker who registers and raises a minimum of $100 prior to the event will receive a T-shirt at the event. If a participant raises a $100 and registers the day of the event, a participant T-shirt will be mailed to you post event.

What if a friend wants to come along at the last minute and isn't registered?
No problem. They can register the morning of the event as a team member or individual walker at the event check-in/registration tent.

Can I bring my dog?
Some sites have restrictions on dogs. Visit your event website to find out.

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Participant Center

A customizable Participant Center is available to each registered participant.

How do I log into my Participant Center?

  • Click on the "Login to Fundraise" link at the top of the screen. Spaces to enter your user name and password will pop up.
  • If you participated in a previous event or are a newly registered participant, you created a username and password.
  • If you still need assistance, contact the staff member listed on the front page of the event website or email musclewalk@mdausa.org.

 

Is my username and password the same as last year?
Yes! Enter your previous username and password and you will be all set.

What do I do if I forgot my username and password?
You can reset your username and password at any time. Click on the "Forgot User Name?" or "Forgot Password?" link and you will receive an email with your information.

What can I do in my Participant Center?

  • Make a self-donation. Those who do tend to raise twice as much as those who do not.
  • Send emails to family, friends, co-workers or anyone else you would like to ask to donate to your fundraising efforts for MDA Muscle Walk. We've even provided sample emails you can use.
  • Update your personal page with your #WhyIWalk story and a photo.
  • Upload your personal address book.
  • Monitor your fundraising progress and send thank you emails to those who have donated to your fundraising efforts.

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Fundraising & Donations

Is there a fundraising minimum?
Registration for the event is free. We encourage everyone to fundraise, and each walker who raises $100 will get a participant T-shirt on walk day. You may also qualify for other great prizes as you continue to fundraise.

How do I raise money?
Once you register at mdamusclewalk.org, you'll receive a link to your personal Participant Center, where you can create a customized Web page and send donation requests via email. MDA staff are ready and willing to help you brainstorm fundraising ideas and events. Here are some ideas to get you started! A Facebook and mobile app are also available to help you raise money on the go.
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Where does the money I raise go?
The dollars we raise together enable MDA to fund research breakthroughs across diseases, care for kids and adults from day one, and empower families with services and support. Visit mda.org to learn more.

Does the money I raise help people in my community?
Yes. The funds raised through local events, including Muscle Walk, help individuals with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating in your community and in hometowns across America. These funds help accelerate research breakthrough, provide state-of-the art care and support and send local kids to the best week of their year at MDA Summer Camp.p>

How much money do Muscle Walk events raise for the Muscular Dystrophy Association?
Dedicated participants raised $8 million through Muscle Walk last year, and more than $34 million has been raised since Muscle Walk began in 2011.

How do I donate to someone online?
To make an online donation, follow these steps: 1) Click the "Donate" button on the top right-hand corner of the walk website; 2) Search for the walker you want to support; 3) Select your walker to go to his or her personal page; 4) Click on the "Donate to" button on the personal page to make a donation.

To whom do I make checks payable?
Make checks payable to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

How do I turn in money/checks/donations?
It is preferred that you send in the offline donation form and your donations to your local MDA office seven days prior to your event so MDA can post your donations to your personal page within seven days of receipt. You may also bring the form and donations with you to the event.

I have donations, but I am unable to participate in the event.
You can still turn in donations and be eligible for all the incentives as if you were there the day of Muscle Walk. Simply mail your donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

What if my company wants to match my donations?
Contact your company's human resources department to find out if your company has a matching gifts program, or search mda.org/matchmygift. Encourage your donors to do the same.

I am unable to attend but would like to fundraise. How do I do this?
You can still register and fundraise online or make a general donation.

What is the Circle of Strength?
MDA's Circle of Strength is an exclusive group of participants who go above and beyond in their fundraising efforts. To join the Circle of Strength in 2017, raise $500 or more. As a registered Muscle Walk participant, you will qualify for each of the Circle of Strength items at the $500 and $1,000 fundraising levels, as well as one of prizes based on your fundraising total. View these incentives here. You'll also be recognized during your local walk.

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