Frequently Asked Questions

Although we are not able to offer a searchable FAQ site at this time, we did want to post the answers to at least the most frequently asked questions.  Please check back often as new questions will be posted and updates will be made!

If you have questions that are not answered here, please contact us at  Thank you for your patience as we grow!

How do I access my fundraising HQ?

You will use your fundraising HQ through the Michael J Fox Foundation to make changes to your home page, email donors, track fundraising, etc.

Simply use the red fundraising HQ button on the top right of our Home Page.  You will be linked directly to the Team Fox page where you will login with the user name and password that you used to register for the Ride. If you have any trouble, please email

How can I send a link to my Personal Page in emails or FaceBook?

You were given an opportunity to create your own url when you first registered. If you do not have that, go to our Home Page  and click on Donate, then Find a Participant.  Put in your name, or even a portion of it, and search.  Click on your name and then copy the url at the top of the page.  You can just use that as the link or, once you copy it to a document, you can create a hyperlink and rename it My Personal Page or whatever you like.  If you need help, please contact our friends at Team Fox directly at

NOTE: Please DO NOT create a “fundraising event” on your Facebook Page. This will not allow friends and family to make donations to your personal fundraising page and donations cannot be tracked.

What should I do if a donor would prefer to write a check rather than donating online?

In order to make sure that the funds are credited to you and the ride, the check should be made out to the Michael J Fox Foundation (or MJFF) and given or mailed to you.

You will then need to complete the MJFF Tracking Sheet (available under the Forms section of our website) and mail it in to the address on the form. Please make absolutely sure that your name is large and legible at the top of the form. Please note, the Michael J Fox Foundation cannot accept cash.

My company has a Matching Funds Program, how do I handle that?

Because Team Fox deals with thousands of events and participants, it is difficult for them to appropriately credit matching funds to a specific cyclist, especially when they are mailed directly to The Michael J Fox Foundation.  Although the funds still go to research, which is our ultimate goal, they may not reflect in the totals raised by the cyclist or the New England Parkinson’s Ride.

Since we are a 501c3 Charitable Organization, with our own Tax ID# it is much cleaner if these funds are directed to us where we can record them to your Team Fox account and forward on to the Michael J Fox Foundation.  Rest assured, 100% of the funds raised by cyclists will be fowarded directly to MJFF.

If you or one of your donors work for a company that has a Matching Funds policy, please make absolutely sure that your name is shown as the cyclist and list the recipient as:

The New England Parkinson’s Ride
PO Box 1124
Merrimack, NH  03054

Our Tax ID# is 45-2326338.  If they need a document from the IRS showing our status, or you have further question, please contact

Note: If the employer requires that the check is written out directly to MJFF, but please still have it mailed to the ride at the above address and make sure your name is indicated in the memo section.  The Tax ID for The Michael J Fox Foundation is #13-4141945.

Is there a Fee to register for the ride?

The standard Adult Registration Fee is $75 (Early Birds before 4/15 are $60 and Late Registrations after 8/1 are $100).Teen Registration Fees (ages 13-17) are $25.  There is no fee for youth riders under the age of 13 but all youth and teen riders must be accompanied by an adult family member (or have a notarized permission slip to ride with someone else).  Since 100% of the funds raised by cyclists goes directly to the Michael J Fox Foundation to be used for research toward a cure, the Registration Fee covers the actual operation of the ride….things like porta potties, food and drink at all rest stops and the start and end of the ride, tshirts for all participants, entertainment and chip tracking technology.

Is there a minimum fund raising requirement?

Since the sole purpose of doing this ride is to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s Disease, all adult cyclists are required to raise a minimum of $150 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. These funds must be raised before Ride Day. Teen and Youth riders, are not required to raise these funds but it is our sincere hope that this will be a learning opportunity for them to get involved in some capacity.  Even the youngest of them can have a lemonade stand, help at a yard sale, or do chores around the house or for neighbors and other family members.

Do all the rides start at the same place?

Yes, all rides start and end at The Ballpark at Old Orchard Beach.  Start times are as follows but please plan to arrive at least a 45 minutes early to sign in at the Registration Table.

100 Miles – 7:30

50 Miles – 9:00

30 Miles – 10:30

10 Miles – 11:30

Where can I get a map of the various routes?

Free Mapmyride downloads as well as turn by turn cue sheets are available under Maps and Directions. Please note, we are not able to print out maps for cyclists. All routes will be clearly marked but if you are more comfortable having a map with you, please print out before arriving at The Ballpark.

Am I required to where a helmet?

Absolutely!  All cyclists (or parents of cyclists under age 18) are required to sign a Waiver and agree to abide by the Rules of the Road.

Is there someplace nearby where I can rent a bike for the ride?

Here are two reputable shops that cyclists have used in the past. Unfortunately they cannot offer a discount because margins are so small.

Gorham Bike and Ski in Saco and Portland

Allspeed Cyclery in Portland