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Terms and Conditions

Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully, as they affect your future legal rights.  These Terms and Conditions set forth a legally binding agreement between the participant (“I”, “me”, and permutations thereof) and Mission of Our Lady of Mercy, Inc., an Illinois not-for-profit corporation (d/b/a Mercy Home For Boys & Girls) (“Mercy Home”, “we” and permutations thereof). 

Please note that these Terms and Conditions have been updated, including to clarify Mercy Home’s right to withhold the participant’s race entry if the applicable fundraising minimum is not met.  Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully.

RACE REGISTRATION AND REFUND POLICY

Registration fees paid to Mercy Home for Boys & Girls for the Mercy Home Heroes team are non-refundable and non-transferable.

I understand that by registering for the Mercy Home Heroes team, I have not yet officially registered for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.  If I only notify Mercy Home and the Mercy Home Heroes of my intent to run and do not register for the race, I will not have successfully secured an entry. Mercy Home for Boys & Girls reserves the right to deny registration and participation with the Mercy Home Heroes team due to unfulfilled fundraising obligations in the past.

Guaranteed Charity Entry: If I am registering for a guaranteed charity entry, I must complete a second step and register directly on the Chicago Marathon website as a member of the Mercy Home Heroes in order to secure my entry in the race.

Self-Secured Entry: If I have signed up for the Mercy Home Heroes team as a self-secured entrant, I understand that I am responsible for securing my own race entry including paying any associated registration costs.

If I should apply to run the Chicago Marathon both through the non-guaranteed entry application and also as a charity program runner for Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, the Chicago Marathon stipulates that my charity entry will supersede any entry I may secure through the drawing, and I will be responsible for all associated fundraising minimums with a guaranteed charity entry.

NO CANCELLATION OR DEFFERMENT POLICY

Due to the limited number of guaranteed charity entries available to Mercy Home for Boys & Girls for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and Mercy Home’s reliance on the resources these entries generate for their marathon program and the children they serve, I acknowledge that there is not a withdrawal/drop option from the team and/or the race, and that I am responsible for meeting the minimum fundraising goal regardless of injury, health issue or unforeseen circumstance.  I also acknowledge that I understand that the Chicago Marathon prohibits charity entrants from deferring their entries to the following year.

COMMITMENT TO THE FUNDRAISING MINIMUM

I understand that I am responsible for meeting my designated fundraising minimum (based on my registration type and date) no less than one week prior to the event.

Fundraising Minimums by Registration Type

  • Guaranteed Charity Entry(registered before November 29, 2016) - $1,000
  • Guaranteed Charity Entry(registered after December 14, 2016) - $1,500
  • Self-Secured Entry- $600

Regardless of my participation in the race or any injury, health issue or other unforeseen circumstances, I agree to fulfill my entire fundraising commitment. In the event I do not meet my fundraising minimum, I agree to submit payment for the remaining difference (fundraising minimum minus amount raised) within one week of the deadline. I commit to responding to communication from Mercy Home regarding my fundraising commitment and provide updated and accurate payment information so that the difference can be covered (if necessary). I further understand that failure the meet the fundraising commitment or pay the difference to Mercy Homes may result in restrictions on participating in the race and race day team activities.

PARTICIPANT REQUIREMENTS

I know that running is a potentially hazardous activity. I should not join the team and run unless I am medically able and cleared by a physician to do so. I agree to abide by any decision of a group leader relative to my ability to safely complete the run. I assume all risks associated with running with this group including, but not limited to: falls, contact with other participants, the effect of the weather, including high heat and/or humidity, traffic and conditions of the road/running path, all such risks being known and appreciated by me. I understand that bicycles, skateboards, baby joggers, roller skates or blades, and animals are not allowed at group runs and I will abide by this guideline.

I understand and agree to the event rules and requirements as established by the Bank of America Chicago Marathon including those available at https://www.chicagomarathon.com/participant-information/event-rules/.  By registering for the Mercy Home Heroes team, I am confirming that I have read and reviewed the event rules and am able to comply with them. These include, but are not limited to:

Participation

  • Registrants must be capable of completing the full distance, start line to finish line, within the event time requirement of 6 hours and 30 minutes.
  • To register, you must be 16 years of age or older on event day. Participants 16-17 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian complete the registration process permitting their participation.
  • Each participant must sign an event waiver before participating in the event.
  • Registrants under 18 years of age must have the applicant wavier signed by a parent or legal guardian.
  • The event time requirement and age minimum apply to all forms of entry and event participation.
  • Any participant seeking accommodation in respect of a disability must submit a written request to the Athletes with Disabilities Coordinator at the following email address: awdprogram@chicagomarathon.com
  • Participant race number bibs are specific personal identifiers and may not be exchanged with or transferred/sold to any other person.
  • The sale and/or transfer of race entries/bibs is strictly prohibited and will result in the disqualification and/or banning of any individuals involved from future events.
  • Race entries and ancillary purchases are non-refundable and non-transferable under any and all circumstances.

Packet (bib number) pick-up

  • Participants must pick up their own packets at the Health & Fitness Expo during regularly scheduled hours.
  • Participants must provide photo identification upon picking up their packets to verify their identity as the registrant to whom the bib number is assigned.
  • Participants are responsible for verifying that the timing device provided within their Participant Packet is working properly prior to the race and worn correctly during the race. Any problems with the timing device must be addressed at the Participant Services Desk at the time of Packet Pick-Up.

 

PRIVACY AND PUBLICITY

I further acknowledge that my name, photograph, voice or likeness may be used by Mercy Home for Boys & Girls and the Mercy Home Heroes team, its agents and others working for it or on its behalf, and their respective licensees and successors, and assigns the unlimited right and permission to use, distribute, publish, exhibit, digitize, broadcast, display, reproduce, and otherwise leverage my name (or if Mercy Home so chooses, any fictional name identifying me), picture, likeness, voice, and biographical information and any material based thereon or derive therefrom, together with any actual or fictional material, or to refrain from so doing, in any manner of media whatsoever (whether now known or hereafter devised) for the purposes of advertising, promoting and/or publicizing Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, the Mercy Home Heroes team, its products and services.

I shall have no right of approval, no claim to additional compensation, and no claim (including, without limitation, claims based upon invasion of privacy, defamation, or right of publicity) arising out of any use, alteration, fictionalization, blurring, distortion, faulty reproduction, illusionary effect, or use in any composite form of my name, picture, likeness, voice or biographical information.  I consent to and authorize, in advance, such use and waive any rights of privacy and/or publicity I may have in connection therewith.

OTHER ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

I understand that weather, emergencies, or other circumstances may cause cancellation or postponement of this event. I understand that no contributions, payments, or expenses will be refunded to me or anyone else under any circumstances.RELEASE, INDEMNIFICATION AND WAIVER

I RELEASE, WAIVE AND DISCHARGE THE RELEASED PARTIES FORM ALL LIABILITY TO ME, MY PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES, ASSIGNS, HEIRS AND NEXT OF KIN FOR ANY AND ALL SUITS, ACTIONS, LEGAL PROCEEDINGS, CLAIMS, DEMANDS, DAMAGES, JUDGMENTS, LIABILITIES, INTEREST, ATTORNEYS’ FEES, COSTS AND EXPENSES OF WHATEVER KIND OR NATURE (COLLECTIVELY,      “CLAIMS”), WHETHER DIRECT OR INDIRECT, IN LAW OR IN EQUITY, IN CONTRACT OR IN TORT, OR OTHERWISE, WHETHER KNOWN OR UNKNOWN, ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED WITH MY PARTICIPATION IN THE CHICAGO MARATHON AND PRE- AND POST-RACE EVENTS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES (COLLECTIVELY, THE “ACTIVITIES”), WHETHER OR NOT CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASED PARTIES.  I AGREE TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS THE RELEASED PARTIES FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS OR CAUSES OF ACTION FOR ANY AND ALL INJURIES OR DEATH SUSTAINED WHILE PARTICIPATING IN THE ACTIVITIES, AND REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE POSSIBILITY OF SUSTAINING SUCH INJURIES OR DEATH WAS CONTEMPLATED, OBVIOUS, AND/OR KNOWN AT OR BEFORE THE TIME OF INJURY.  AS USED HEREIN, THE TERM “RELEASED PARTIES” SHALL MEAN MISSION OF OUR LADY OF MERCY, INC., AN ILLINOIS NOT-FOR-PROFIT CORPORATION (D/B/A MERCY HOME FOR BOYS & GIRLS) AND ALL PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, STOCKHOLDERS, MEMBERS, AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES, EMPLOYEES, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, PARTNERS, PARENT COMPANIES, PREDECESSORS, SUCCESSORS IN INTEREST, HEIRS, ASSIGNS, AND ANY OTHER PERSONS, FIRMS OR CORPORATIONS WITH WHOM ANY OF THE AFOREMENTIONED HAVE BEEN, ARE NOW, OR MAY HEREAFTER BE AFFILIATED.

GOVERNING LAW

All Claims arising from or related to any Activity, including for injury to person or property and/or death shall be governed by Illinois law, without regard to conflicts of law principles.  I and any person or entity asserting a Claim related to any Activity or these Terms and Conditions hereby voluntarily and irrevocably waives any objection to such law and jurisdiction.

These Terms and Conditions shall be binding to the fullest extent permitted by law and supersede any other agreements or representations by or between the parties, and are intended to provide a comprehensive release of liability. If any provision of these Terms and Conditions is found to be unenforceable, the remaining terms shall be enforceable. This Agreement shall be binding upon the participant’s personal representatives, assigns, heirs, and next of kin.

 

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