Frequently Asked Questions


Do I have to run?

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No! It’s up to you if you walk, run or ride, (or a combination of these). You can also choose to complete your chosen distance in as many legs as you like within the month of November.

Do I have to be in Australia?

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We welcome participants from all over the world, and our fundraising platform is able to be used anywhere. Invite your friends and family to join you in the Premmie Marathon Challenge!

How do I register?

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You can register for free here. If you have previously fundraised through our website you'll log in with your credentials. If not, you can create an account.

How do I create / join a team?

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The first person to register selects CREATE during the registration process and chooses a team name. Other team members can JOIN the team during individual registration or by selecting JOIN US on the team fundraising page. 

Is there a registration fee?

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Our Premmie Marathon Challenge is free to enter but we encourage everyone to fundraise. Everyone who raises $75 will receive a finisher’s medal. The more you raise, the more babies we can help and the more rewards you will receive!

We are so grateful for all your fundraising efforts. Our goal is to raise $1,000,000 to provide lifesaving equipment, including humidicribs and ventilators, for neonatal units around Australia.

How do I complete the challenge?

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When you register you will choose the distance you will complete during the month of November. Choose from 21km, 42km, 100km, 200km or 300km.

You'll also choose how you complete the distance - run, cycle, swim, roll or walk.

It’s up to you how you divide up the distance and whether you choose one activity or more (eg, walk 90kms and swim 10km).

Perhaps you’ll walk extra distance every day on your way to work, or swim 1km per day with a few days off! Perhaps you will split the distance over 4 runs, or complete the entire distance in one go. The options are endless and completely up to you. The challenge is to reach your chosen distance during November!


Is fundraising compulsory?

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Our Premmie Marathon Challenge is free to enter and fundraising is optional, though we encourage you to think about please making your own donation if you choose not to fundraise. Everyone who raises (or donates) $75 will receive a finisher’s medal. There are many more rewards for raising more. Every amount makes a difference to help give premature babies a better chance of survival. Help raise $1,000,000 for lifesaving equipment for neonatal units around Australia.

What are the fundraising target rewards?

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Each time you reach one of the targets below, you will receive a reward. Please note that your finisher’s medal and gifts will be sent to you after the end of the Premmie Marathon Challenge, posted to the address you entered at registration.

We love supporting you for supporting premature babies

  • Raise over $75 you’ll receive a special finisher’s medal once you’ve completed your marathon.
  • Raise over $200 and we’ll also send you a Running for Premature Babies running singlet.
  • Raise over $500 and we'll also send you a signed copy of Sophie Smith's book 'Sophie's Boys'.
  • Raise over $1,000 and receive a pair of Steigen Running for Premature Babies running socks (we think they're the world's best running socks!)
  • Raise over $2500 and we'll also send you a limited edition Premmie Marathon Challenge hoodie.
  • Raise over $5000 and we'll also send you a personalised video message from Lachy Wiggle (the purple Wiggle)!

Thank you so much! Together, we can give premature babies a better chance of survival.

What's the best way to fundraise?

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The best way to start is to make sure you upload a picture and write a personal story of your reason to participate in this challenge.

It’s a great idea to kick start your fundraising with your own donation. Then share the link to your fundraising page with your friends, colleagues and family via email and on social media. Please use the hashtag #premmiemarathonchallenge

What is the money being used for?

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The Premmie Marathon Challenge is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Running for Premature Babies. In the last 12 months, we've been able to provide the following  specialised equipment to our larger city hospitals with Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) and smaller regional and remote hospitals with Special Care Nurseries (SCNs), following a careful assessment of needs by our expert committee:

  • Kanmed Twin Cot
  • GE Giraffe Warmer +Resus
  • Calesca Warming/Thawing Device
  • 2 x Blood Glucose Point of Care Montiors
  • Baby Roo Resuscitaire
  • Koala Laryngoscope blades
  • 2 x Cuddle Chairs
  • Patient Cardiac Montioring Unit
  • Ophthalmoscope Benchtop
  • Babyroo TN300 Open Care Warmer
  • Bilisoft 2.0 Phototherapy System
  • Lullaby Phototherapy System
  • SLE 600 Ventilator
  • GE Giraffe Carestation
  • Transcutaneous Monitor TCM5
  • Video Larynoscope
  • 2 xBabyroo Open Care Warmer Twincot
  • Atom Infant Warmer
  • 2 xPanda Resus Cot/Warmer
  • Patient Cardiac Monitoring Unit
  • Sentec CO2 Monitors and V-Sign Sensors
  • Video Larynoscope 

This equipment will make a profound positive impact on premature babies born all over Australia. .

What is corporate matched giving?

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Many employers support their employees’ charitable fundraising through a matched-giving program. Even if an employer does not have a matched-giving program, they may still be willing to support your challenge and donate to you. All you have to do is ask! We suggest starting with your HR manager. If your employer needs any information from us please send as an email.

How do I set up a Facebook Fundraiser?

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A Facebook Fundraiser is a great way to fundraise in addition to sharing your fundraising page through email. We've made it super-easy to set one up. Click here for detailed instructions. 

Are donations tax-deductible?

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Yes, all donations of $2 or more are tax deductible for Australian tax payers. 

How do my sponsors receive their receipt?

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Your supporters will automatically receive a tax receipt emailed to them, when they make a donation on-line using your fundraising page. If you make a donation to kick start your fundraising when you register, the tax receipt will be in your welcome email that will be sent to you as soon as you register.

Can I make a donation even if I don't take part?

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Yes! You can donate on any participant's fundraising page or make a general donation here.


Do you have social media tiles I can use to help my fundraising?

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Yes, we have a number of social media tiles you can use HERE. Make sure you include a link to your fundraising page as well.

Where can I get help?

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Challenge yourself this November and give premature babies a better chance of survival


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