Team Boomer FAQ
What is Team Boomer?
Team Boomer is a program of the Boomer Esiason Foundation that: encourages people with cystic fibrosis to incorporate exercise into their everyday lives; provides an avenue for individual athletes in a variety of sports to raise money for cystic fibrosis; and offers assistance to grassroots athletic events looking for a cause to support.
Why should I run for Team Boomer?
When you run for Team Boomer, you help spread the word about how exercise can help people with cystic fibrosis keep their lungs clear, you support a scholarship program specifically designed for scholar-athletes with CF, and you contribute to efforts to find a cure for CF and to help people with the disease live longer, healthier lives.
Do I have to be a runner?
No. While many Team Boomer athletes are runners, we also have team members who participate in triathlons, cycling events, hikes and other athletic or sports activities. While Team Boomer runners participate in some pretty major races – like the ING New York City Marathon – we also have a lot of casual and non-competitive athletes who participate in smaller events in the New York area and around the country.
How do I get involved?
Running for Team Boomer is easy. You simply pick an event, register for the race, let us know about your plans by completing a Team Boomer registration form, and start training. Of course, you can’t compete for Team Boomer in name alone – each runner sets a fundraising goal and then uses a variety of tools to meet it. Check out our Fundraising 101 page to see how easy it is to set up an online fundraising page and get your friends and family involved in supporting your efforts.
Are there “official” Team Boomer events?
Each year, Team Boomer offers at least two “official” events:
- Boomer's Cystic Fibrosis Run to Breathe – Team Boomer works closely with the New York Road Runners organization on this popular 10K run/walk in New York City’s Central Park, held for the first time in 2011. Mark your calendar for the Second Annual Boomer's CF Run to Breathe: Saturday, July 7, 2012. Please visit the 2012 Run to Breathe page to pre-register and get more information about the event.
- ING New York City Marathon – The Boomer Esiason Foundation is proud to be among the New York Road Runners’ official charity partners for the 2012 ING New York City Marathon, to be held Sunday, November 4, 2012. Applications will be accepted beginning in March 2012. Please visit the New York City Marathon page to find out how to register and to get more information.
You also will find a variety of other events listed on the Team Boomer Events page.
What if I want to compete for Team Boomer in a local 5K, 10K or marathon, a triathlon, or some other “non-official” event?
If you decide you want to compete for Team Boomer at an event in your hometown or another location, that’s great! We welcome you to the team and are here to support your efforts. Please complete a Team Boomer registration form and let us know more about your plans.
How much money do I have to raise?
That depends on the event. Some official Team Boomer events have minimum fundraising goals that can range from $500 (Run to Breathe) to $3,000 (ING New York City marathon). For some events, the registration fee is waived if you pledge to raise the minimum. If you are entering a non-sponsored event – like a local 10K - on behalf of Team Boomer, we don’t set a fundraising goal. In that instance, it’s up to you to set your own goal and then work to achieve it. Either way, we provide resources that make fundraising fun and relatively painless. Check out our Fundraising 101 page for more information.
I’ve never done anything like this before …
Registering for a local race can be a little scary, especially if you’ve never before run a road race. But setting a goal – like running your first 5K – is a great way to start a fitness program and, hopefully, a healthier lifestyle. It also gives you the opportunity to support the cystic fibrosis community by running for a cause.
I have cystic fibrosis. Can I compete for Team Boomer?
Absolutely. Almost every event we organize includes participants who have cystic fibrosis. And each year, the number of people with CF who compete for Team Boomer in other events around the country grows significantly. We all know that exercise adds years to the life of a person with CF, and the Boomer Esiason Foundation strongly believes that regular exercise should be a part of every CF family’s arsenal for fighting the disease. Joining Team Boomer is a terrific way to make exercise a priority.
I’ve got more questions. Can I talk with someone?
If you have questions or need additional information about Team Boomer, please contact Michaela Seccareccia at 646.292.7942 or firstname.lastname@example.org.