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What is Team Lifeline?

Team Lifeline combines the thrill and fun of participating in a major athletic event with the "feel-good" feeling that comes from raising money for a very worthy cause.

Team Lifeline's innovative, effective training program helps novice athletes build the skills they need to cross the finish line of a marathon, half marathon or cycling event, and enables veteran athletes to reach their personal goals. Participants raise money for Chai Lifeline, an organization dedicated to helping children with lifelong or life threatening illnesses and their families, and its two magical, medically supervised overnight summer camps - Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special.

What is Chai Lifeline?

Chai Lifeline is the international children's health support organization that provides crucial emotional, social, and financial assistance to seriously ill children, their families, and communities. Chai Lifeline's free, year-round programs and services bring hope to children's lives and allow each member of the family to cope with the crises and daily challenges of pediatric illnesses. Chai Lifeline's diverse offerings include art therapy, counseling, family retreats, recreational and social programming, crisis intervention, sibling programs, insurance support, family days and holiday parties.

Chai Lifeline's largest programs are Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special, medically supervised overnight summer camps that offer very sick children the chance to have an extraordinary summer experience. Children and teens who are too ill to attend camp can trade hospital beds for cabins and nursing care for counselors. Both camps offer a complete camp program that encourages the development of self-esteem and gives kids the courage to continue to wage brave battles against cancer and other illnesses.

Learn more about Chai Lifeline and Camp Simcha/Camp Simcha Special.

Making it to the Finish Line
What kind of training does Team Lifeline provide?

Whether you are an experienced athlete or a former couch potato, Team Lifeline's training program will get you across the finish line. (See the 2014-2015 Race Schedule.) You advance at your own pace, inspired by your progress, the encouragement of our coaches, and our interactive online coaching, weekly training tips and answers to all your questions. .

Will I be able to finish a half or full marathon or cycling event?

Absolutely! Our training programs start where you are. In the past decade, our participants have ranged from those who never ran or cycled to experienced athletes. The combination of Team Lifeline's training program, online coaching, support network, and the motivation to raise money for a good cause is the perfect recipe for success. How do we know? Each year, a significant number of Team Lifeline participants complete their first race with the group. Since Team Lifeline began, every one of our participants has crossed the finish line.

How long is the training period?

Approximately three to four months depending on your current level of fitness. Team Lifeline provides training programs for everyone from a couch potato to road warrior.

Making it to the Starting Line
How can I be part of Team Lifeline?

Team Lifeline participants commit to a minimum fund raising commitment. Participants who do not require airfare and hotel accommodations commit to a lower fund raising minimum. There are special rates for family teams (parent-child, spouses, and siblings) as well as return runners.

Once you've raised (and collected) at least the minimum fund raising commitment, you're guaranteed a spot in the Team Lifeline Weekend Experience related to your race.

What is the Team Lifeline weekend experience?

Team Lifeline provides participants:

  • Roundtrip airfare to the destination city.
  • 3 nights of luxury hotel accommodations.
  • Guaranteed race admission and payment of all associated fees.
  • Pre-race and post-race victory parties
  • Optional Shabbat meals.
  • A weekend experience with hundreds of others participating for a great cause.

Note: Due to the nature of the NYC Marathon, Team Lifeline participants in the TCS New York City Marathon receive a guaranteed space in the Marathon, but do not receive airfare or hotel accommodations.

I've never raised money before. Are you sure I can do it now?
How can I achieve these goals?

Even if you've never raised money before, our materials and strategies will make it easy to solicit and collect donations from friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, and others.

Our materials and suggestions simplify the process and allow you to reach your personal goal. You'll have the benefit of our proven strategies for reaching potential donors as well as access to the Team Lifeline website for online contributions.

Experience has shown that it is not only possible, but easy to reach this goal. Chai Lifeline is an amazing organization, and our participants have reported that people were eager to give when they learned about it. You will be surprised how friends, family, and co-workers will respond to your effort to train and go the distance to help this wonderful cause.

Team Lifeline will be with you every step of the way to help you reach your goal

How do I begin?

Click here to register and get immediate access to training and fund raising materials. Your non-refundable $75 registration fee is a 100% tax-deductible donation to Chai Lifeline.