Frequently Asked Questions


How can I participate in Paddle?
Registering to participate or volunteer or donating is easy. Visit the links below to learn more.


Will The Challenge be cancelled if there’s bad weather?
The Challenge will take place rain or shine. In the case of severe weather conditions, it may be necessary to modify events and activities. If there is a need to communicate changes, we will announce them on the homepage of our website and via email to all participants and volunteers.

Can I bring my pet?
Service animals only are permitted at the event. Those bringing a service animal to the event should be prepared to clean up after the animal.



What is Packet Pick Up?
Packet pick up is a convenient way to receive your bib, t-shirt, and other event materials before event day.  Any money you’ve raised can be turned in at packet pick up but turning in donations beforehand is strongly encouraged to lessen your potential wait time. Registration is also available during this time. Visit the link below to learn more about packet pick up.

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What if I registered, but am unable to participate?
If you’re unable to participate, your support will still be appreciated! Registration fees and donations are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Qualified and applicable incentive items will be mailed after the event if you make arrangements ahead of time. Simply send an email to or call 207.973.5055.

Will official results be posted following the event?
EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge is a noncompetitive fundraising event and the primary goal is to raise funds for local cancer research at EMMC Cancer Care. The event is not timed and no results will be posted.



When I registered, a personal fundraising page was set up for me. How do I access it?
From the homepage, click on login then input your username and password to access your personal fundraising page.

How do I submit the cash and check donations that I receive?
Select the “Fundraising” tab and scroll down to “Documents.” Select the appropriate form to download and print. You may use the form to record all of the donations you have received. Be sure to read the “Donation Form Instructions.” Mail the completed form and checks to the address listed on the form. Please send your donations as you receive them. This will help us process the gifts quickly and post them to your personal fundraising total.

How do I apply the donations I receive toward my fundraising goal?
As soon as we receive and process cash and check donations, they are added to your fundraising total. Credit card donations made online onto your personal fundraising page are automatically added to your fundraising goal. Donors can find your personal fundraising page using a name search under “Search Participants”.

Will reaching certain fundraising levels qualify participants to receive incentives?
Yes! There are various incentive levels for all Challenge participants. Please view the “Prizes” section under the "EVENT INFORMATION" tab of the website.

Do I have to claim awards received for my fundraising efforts on my tax return?
The IRS considers all prizes and awards associated with EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge as income. This income is calculated by taking the fair market value of the awards you receive. In keeping with IRS regulations, should the income be greater than $600, The Challenge will provide you with a Form 1099. For information on IRS regulations, deductibility of fundraising expenses and prize/award income, please contact your tax professional.

What happens if I register for The Challenge, but do not raise the minimum fundraising goal by August 18?
If you do not meet your goal, you will have until September 30 to continue to submit donations. Should you exceed your minimum and earn applicable incentives your item(s), you may make arrangements ahead of time to have the item(s) mailed to you.  Simply email or call 207.973.5055. Please note that because supplies are limited we reserve the right to substitute your incentive. Cyclists: we request you ride only if you reach your fundraising goal by event day.



Is there any training for volunteers?
Yes, in August TBD, from 4:30 – 6pm, there will be training for all volunteers. Sessions will begin at 4:30pm, 5pm, and 5:30pm in half hour increments. Please email your selected slot to Training will take place at: 

EMHS Foundation
One Cumberland Place, Suite 300
Bangor, ME

 Volunteers will leave training with a CTCC shirt, volunteer manual, and parking pass (if applicable).

May I participate AND volunteer on event day?
Yes. Simply complete the registration process as a participant and then contact us by email at or phone at 207.973.5055 to sign up as a volunteer. 

I completed volunteer registration. What happens next?
Before event day, you will be contacted by a volunteer coordinator with more details about your role and the weekend’s events. You will receive a volunteer guide email in mid-July which will include a parking map, festival map, and other pertinent information.

Will EMMC Foundation staff provide transportation to and from the event venue for volunteers?
We are sorry but we are unable to provide transportation to the event. There will be free volunteer parking onsite. We suggest leaving plenty of time for potential traffic and parking delays before your assigned shift. More information will be in the volunteer guide and at orientation.

As a volunteer, can I raise money for The Challenge?
Yes. You can join as a volunteer and raise money as a virtual participant. If you have already registered as a volunteer, join your team by registering as a virtual participant.

Can I just show up and register to volunteer, or if I’m already registered, can I bring a friend?
Volunteers are always welcomed! If you did not pre-register to volunteer you are welcome to help us on event day by cheering along the walk/run routes anytime between 7 am and 2 pm or by joining the clean-up crew at 3pm. Please note: t-shirts are available only to pre-registered volunteers. To select from many volunteer opportunities and to receive a volunteer t-shirt, register online as soon as possible.

Can I bring my children?
Youth ages 12 and older may sign up as volunteers as long as they are accompanied by a parent, guardian, or authorized adult (family member, coach, teacher) who is also signed up as a volunteer for the same position and shift. Please select a volunteer opportunity appropriate for the child’s age and abilities.

Minors who are part of athletic, school, or community groups that have an official association with CTCC may have specific instructions to follow. Please check with your child’s coach or group leader.

My questions about volunteering are not answered here. Who do I ask?
Please email or call 207.973.5055.



What are the sponsorship opportunities?
There are several exclusive opportunities for companies and organizations to sponsor EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge, presented by Lafayette Hotels.  Sponsorship levels include recognition at the event, hospitality, media exposure, and other benefits. Please email or call 207.973.5055 for more information.

I would like to set up an exhibit/table at the event to promote a product or service. Is this possible?
Event staff and committee are dedicated to bringing added value to our participants by incorporating great exhibitors. Priority for space is given to our sponsors. Products and services that contribute to the same goals as EMMC Foundation and EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge of health and wellness, cancer awareness, cancer prevention and early detection will be accepted as space allows. Interactive and fun displays are strongly encouraged. This is a great opportunity to distribute product samples and coupons and conduct demonstrations. Exhibits have the potential for foot traffic exceeding 2,000 people. Requests must be submitted by April 30. EMMC Foundation reserves the right to refuse any businesses, product or service.

I don’t need exposure for a business but I would like to be a donor. Can you tell me more about being a donor?
Yes. Individuals are also encouraged to support EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge. Individual patron packages are available and will include incentives. Please email or call 207.973.5055 for more information.

Can I donate to EMMC Cancer Care separately from The Challenge?
Yes! Please visit for more information.