WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT #RUDM2022

Where will Dance Marathon take place?

We will hold the event on Voorhees Mall – the grassy lawn in front of Scott Hall and across from the Academic Buildings on the College Avenue Campus. If you are arriving by campus bus, you’ll want to get off at The Yard. 

What date and time is the event?

4 PM to 10 PM on Saturday, April 2

What happens if it rains?

We’ve reserved two rain dates and will make a rain call three days before the event. The rain dates are April 1 (primary) and April 8 (secondary). 

What if I am unavailable for the rain date?

If you aren’t able to attend the rain date, Champions will still be able to pick up their event package with their DM gear and other items. 

What does it mean to be a Champion?

Champions are those Rutgers students, alumni, faculty, and staff who register for the event and help fundraise for the final total that is donated to Embrace Kids Foundation and used to fund these Core Programs for the patient families. Champions don’t have any responsibilities on the day of the marathon except to come out and have fun with each other and the kids and their families! Champions receive custom DM gear, including a t-shirt, will have reserved access to the stage area, and can eat dinner and exclusive snacks at the “Champions Only” catering tent. Registration closes on March 1. 

Are there other ways to get involved?

We need volunteers to help out on the day of the event. These Event Staff volunteers also pay a registration fee, receive an event t-shirt, and help us fundraise our final total. Registration for Event Staff closes on March 1. 

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Will the kids be there?

Yes! The kids and their families will be attending with their RU4Kids groups.

Can anyone attend?

As always, Dance Marathon is open to everyone so invite your friends to come along! Security officers will be present to ensure the safety of all participants. Champions will have reserved access to the stage area and a special “Champions Only” catering tent. 

Will there be multiple sessions?

This year will be a single session for a shorter duration of six hours. 

What kind of activities and entertainment will there be?

We’ll have many of our traditional program features such as the RUDM Line Dance, DJ and Student Group performances, hair donations, and the Total Reveal, along with the addition of carnival games, crafts, and inflatables. 

Do you dance the entire time?

While there will be music during the entire event, we don’t expect you to dance the whole time unless you really want to! Dance Marathon this year will begin with a carnival and end with a DJ Dance Party. There will be a short program in the middle with special guests and the Total Reveal. We’ll share more specifics about the schedule and all the components a little closer to the event. 

What should I wear?

Think of this as “Game Day FTK”! Wear your school colors and comfortable sneakers since we’ll have lots of games and activities for everyone. Champions will get a long-sleeved RUDM 2022 t-shirt and other DM gear that we hope all will wear to the event!

Will there be food and drinks?

Yes, we’ll have snack stands and water stations throughout the event for everyone in attendance. Champions will have access to a catering tent with dinner, as well as exclusive snacks from our sponsors Hansel ‘n Griddle and Thomas Sweet! 

 

Will there be restrooms?

Yes, restrooms will be available in nearby locations. 

 

What are the COVID protocols?

Our COVID policies will align with Rutgers event policies at that time (https://coronavirus.rutgers.edu/event-protocol-update/)

Will there be parking?

Regular parking rules will remain in place for students. We are only able to provide special parking provisions for alumni and RU4Kids families.

Why should I get involved with Rutgers University Dance Marathon?

RUDM is the largest student run philanthropic event in the state of New Jersey. Since 1999, RUDM has raised over $10 million for Embrace Kids Foundation. Located in New Brunswick, Embrace Kids Foundation exists to lighten the burden and improve the quality of life for children with cancer, sickle cell and other serious disorders in the New Jersey/New York City metropolitan area.

Who can participate in RUDM?

RUDM is open to all Rutgers community members (undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and alumni).

What is the Champion registration fee?

The Champion registration fee is $45.00. The fee supports RUDM’s year-long planning operations. The deadline to register is Tuesday, March 1

What are the fundraising expectations for Champions?

Champions must raise $350.00. The funds raised through RUDM are a significant part of the Embrace Kids Foundation’s operating budget and is critical to the support of our families.

What happens to the money I raise?

100% of the money raised through TeamRaiser goes directly to the Embrace Kids Foundation to support their mission “to lighten the burden, maintain normalcy and improve the quality of life for families whose children are facing cancer, sickle cell and other serious health challenges.” Learn more about our partnership with the Embrace Kids Foundation and the programming we support.

What resources are available for me to help kickstart my fundraising?

We’ve collected much more information about the TeamRaiser platform and the resources available to Champions into our Fundraising Manual. Make sure to also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for fundraising tips, events, and inspiration!

My organization does not have a team. Can we form one?

Any recognized on-campus organization can form a team! Please email us at finance@marathon.rutgers.edu with the organization’s name and contact information for the team lead.

I’m not part of an organization. Is there a team for me?

We have a vibrant community of independent Champions called Project FTK. We strive to foster this inclusive and fun community of like-minded students. Anyone can join to get started raising money and awareness For The Kids!

Can I change my team after I register?

Yes, you can change your team at any time either through the TeamRaiser interface or by emailing us at finance@marathon.rutgers.edu.

I’m an alumni, can I get involved too?

Yes! You can register as an Alumni Champion and get to fundraising!

Any additional questions? Send us a note at info@marathon.rutgers.edu.