FAQs

Welcome to the Ray’s Marathon Challenge for LauraLynn Children’s Hospice.
26.2 miles, Every Week, in 2021!
Ray D’Arcy came up with this concept while out on his usual run and he thought it would be a good challenge to propose to LauraLynn for 2021.

It’s a tough challenge, but it’ll help LauraLynn provide vital care, while keeping you fit and healthy too! By joining this challenge, you’ll be making an incredible difference to the lives of the children in our care. We are thrilled to have you on board.

Don’t forget to follow the challenge on Facebook and Instagram!

Any questions? Take a look at the FAQs below:

Do I have to do the 26.2miles in one go?
The goal is to do the 26.2miles per week. It is up to you how you complete it. Some people may do their long walks/runs at the weekend; others might spread it out over 7 days, which is just under 4miles a day. If you don’t complete your miles one week, you can of course make up for those miles the following week.
Do I have to run or can I walk this distance instead?
You can run, jog or walk the 26.2miles. If you’re worried about not being able to run it all why don’t you start walking and build your way up to running. This is a personal challenge and all you can do is your best.
How do I keep track of how many miles I do?

That’s easy! You can use the Strava App. Just register with Strava and track your miles there. Then join the Rays Marathon Challenge Strava Club and have fun chatting to others who are taking part! A support network is important to keep you going throughout the year!

How do I connect my iDonate page to Strava?

We have created an easy step by step guide to help you connect your iDonate page to Strava. Check it out here. If you have any problems drop an email to helpdesk@idonate.ie

How do I connect my iDonate page to Fitbit?

We have created an easy step by step guide to help you connect your iDonate page to Fitbit. Check it out here. If you have any problems drop an email to helpdesk@idonate.ie

How do I connect my iDonate page to Garmin?

We have created an easy step by step guide to help you connect your iDonate page to Garmin. Check it out here. If you have any problems drop an email to helpdesk@idonate.ie

How do I connect my iDonate page to MapMyFitness?

We have created an easy step by step guide to help you connect your iDonate page to MapMyFitness. Check it out here. If you have any problems drop an email to helpdesk@idonate.ie

How do I manually add total KMs completed on my iDonate page?

For users who prefer not to use fitness apps, you can also manually edit the total KMs completed on your iDonate page.We have created an easy step by step guide to edit the Total KMs Completed your iDonate page. Check it out here. If you have any problems drop an email to helpdesk@idonate.ie

Can I change the dates that my fitness tracker records activities for on my fundraising page?

We have created an easy step by step guide to help you edit the Start / End dates of activties that your fitness app displays on your fundriasing page. Check it out here. If you have any problems drop an email to helpdesk@idonate.ie

Can I Hide Maps from showing on my iDonate fundraising page?

By default, Maps are set to display on your fundraising page when you connect a fitness app to iDonate.

For users who prefer not to display a map of their run/walk on their iDonate fundraising page, you also have the option to hide these maps by following the steps outlined here.

Why are my walking distances not showing on Rays Club Leaderboard in Strava?

Strava club pages such as https://www.strava.com/clubs/raysmarathonchallenge  show the distance of Runs only.

If your recorded walk distances do not show in the leaderboard, you would need to edit your activities in Strava and change the option for Sport from “walk” to “run”.

Below is a short guide in how to edit your activities on Strava to do so:
https://support.strava.com/hc/en-us/articles/216919397-Change-Activity-Type

 If you have any problems, drop an email to helpdesk@idonate.ie

How do i re-sync my Strava account with my iDonate page to display any recent activity?

Strava syncs with iDonate periodically throughout the day however if you notice the total KM on your iDonate page is less than what was recorded in your Strava account, you can also manually sync this Strava with iDonate.

We have created an easy step by step guide to help you sync all recent activty from Strava to your iDonate page. Check it out here. If you have any problems drop an email to helpdesk@idonate.ie

How do I prove that I have completed the a marathon a week?
As part of this challenge, you will be asked to set up an iDonate Fundraising Page for LauraLynn. You can post your distances weekly or after every run/walk depending on preference. These pages are linked to LauraLynn and we’ll be able to see your progress.
How do I set up an iDonate Fundraising Page?

Check your registration confirmation email for your unique link to setup  your tailored Ray’s Marathon Challenge fundraising page.

How much money do I need to raise?
We are asking you to aim for €500 over the whole year. So that’s just over €40 per month. If 1,000 people do this challenge, the total raised by the group will be whopping €500,000!
How do I change my fundraising target?

Click here for a simple guide to changing your iDonate page target.

Can I do more than 26.2miles a week?
Of course. Setting this goal and then exceeding it would be fantastic!
When will I get my Fundraising Pack?

We begin posting the packs early January. This will be done in batches. If you have not received yours within a couple of weeks of registering, please contact hello@raysmarathonchallenge.ie

What is in the Fundraising Pack?
Your official Ray’s Marathon Challenge technical tshirt, and a personal letter from Ray D’Arcy himself.
Do I have to set up an online fundraising page with iDonate?

iDonate has been integrated with this challenge so it’s very easy for you to set up. You can then share your fundraising page link with your friends and family through social media, Whatsapp and email. It makes fundraising from home simple! And you don’t have to handle any cash! The funds raised are lodged directly from iDonate into our LauraLynn bank account. Alternatively, you can request a sponsorship card by emailing Liz or Cathy in LauraLynn on hello@raysmarathonchallenge.ie

Can I take part in this challenge with my colleagues/company?

You can absolutely complete this challenge as an organisation or work group. In fact, it is a great team bonding exercise and lots of healthy, competitive fun. It would certainly show how dedicated your team is given it’s a year long challenge! Together with your colleagues, you can set up an iDonate fundraiser and join our community. It’s simple to do and you’ll be amazed at how many people will support you. If you would like to know more about getting your workplace involved in this challenge, email Niamh at hello@raysmarathonchallenge.ie

A friend accidentally donated to my iDonate Fundraiser. Can you issue them a refund?

Unfortunately, LauraLynn can’t issue refunds but people can request a refund themselves from iDonate by contacting info@idonate.ie and including details of the donation.

What are the ways to donate to LauraLynn directly:

1. Post a cheque, bank draft or postal order

Made payable to: CSH/LauraLynn Trust Project Fundraising Dept A/C
Address:
Fundraising Dept,
LauraLynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice,
Leopardstown Road,
Foxrock,
Dublin 18

2. Donate By Bank Transfer

You can make a donation by lodging directly to our bank account:
Please Email us at fundraising@lauralynn.ie to let us know the details of your bank transfer donation and we can arrange this with you.

3. Website donation:
• Visit https://www.idonate.ie/raysmarathonchallenge21
• Click Donate