Virtual Tri for a Cure 2020 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.

After reviewing the public health considerations for reopening Maine as announced by Governor Mills on April 28 and communicating with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), Maine Cancer Foundation has made the decision to change the 2020 Tri for a Cure scheduled for July 19 to a virtual event. We will not be holding the physical event on July 19, but we will host a virtual Tri for a Cure from August 1 – 30th. Below is an attempt to answer some questions you may have.

If you have other questions, please feel free to contact our staff at 207-210-4625 or [email protected].

1. What is the Tri for a Cure?

The Tri for a Cure is an annual all-women triathlon put on by and benefiting Maine Cancer Foundation. The event is typically held in July at SMCC and is the largest sprint triathlon in Maine. Founded in 2008 by Julie Marchese and Abby Bliss, the event is the largest one-day fundraiser in the state and supports Maine Cancer Foundation’s mission of reducing the impact of cancer statewide.

In 2020, due to the risks associated with COVID-19 and associated event restrictions, the Tri for a Cure 2020 has transitioned to a virtual event, and participants will swim, bike, and run on their own while still fundraising to support their community in the fight against cancer. The challenges faced by cancer patients continue and are amplified by COVID-19, making this fundraiser all the more important.

2. What if I am already signed up for the Tri for a Cure?

If you are already registered for the 2020 Tri for a Cure you are automatically a virtual participant. Your fundraising page is still active and you will have the opportunity to complete the triathlon or duathlon on your own while supporting the group effort that is Tri for a Cure. The only thing you will need to do is sign a virtual participant waiver – coming soon!

3. Can I transfer my 2020 registration to the 2021 event instead of participating in the virtual event?

No, registrations cannot be transferred to 2021. But, we have lowered the guaranteed entry threshold this year. If you raise $500 or more in 2020 you will be given access to early registration for Tri for a Cure 2021. This is a one-time change; normally a guaranteed entry requires reaching $1,500.

4. Can I transfer my donations to the 2021 event instead of participating in the virtual event?

All donations that have been made to the 2020 Tri for a Cure will remain in this year’s event. Maine Cancer Foundation funds support granting statewide and cancer patients need our help perhaps now more than ever. Cancer is not practicing social distancing and we need your help to continue the fight here in Maine.

5. Can others sign up for the virtual Tri for a Cure 2020?

Yes! Invite your girlfriends, family, friends, previous volunteers near and far – invite those who have always been reluctant to TRI (this is your year)!  All women are welcome to register as a virtual participant. The registration fee is $50 and allows you to set up a page and start fundraising. You will receive further information on how to participate virtually.

6. How do others sign up for the virtual Tri for a Cure 2020?

They can register at

7. What is the registration fee for the virtual Tri for a Cure 2020?

The registration fee is $50 and serves as a donation to Maine Cancer Foundation. Fundraising is encouraged and we have incentive prizes to reward you. You can participate as an individual (triathlon, duathlon, or single event) or as a team of two or three!

8. Is there a fundraising minimum requirement for 2020?

Yes, but things are different this year. The fundraising minimum has been reduced, for one year only, to $250. If you reach this threshold you will receive your official Tri for a Cure 2020 t-shirt and medal. If you do not reach the minimum, your card will not be charged, but you will not receive these items. The fundraising deadline is September 15. We are currently planning to distribute these items at a celebratory event in the fall, pending event/gathering restrictions at that time (see question 24 below).

9. Does my registration fee go toward my fundraising minimum?

No, your fundraising fee does not count towards your minimum.

10. Will I be charged if I don't reach the $250 fundraising level?

No. For 2020 only, you will not be charged the balance of the $250 minimum. You must reach that level to receive your race shirt and medal but there is no financial obligation this year.  

11. Can I still withdraw?

This year there is no penalty for not reaching the fundraising minimum. So, if you stay in the event but can’t hit $250 you will not be charged. However, if you would like to be removed from the mailing list and your page taken down, please email [email protected].

12. Do I have to do the entire triathlon to participate in the virtual event?

No. While we encourage everyone to work towards a personal goal, this year’s virtual Tri for a Cure offers flexibility! You can swim, bike, and run, do a duathlon (run, bike, run), relay, or come up with a different plan to run, bike, or swim if that works for you! We know training might be impacted this year, so we encourage you to come up with a goal that works for you. Read more about logistics of the virtual event here.

13. Will the virtual event count toward how many years I have participated in Tri for a Cure?

Yes! Tri for a Cure 2020 may look a little different, but as long as you reach the $250 fundraising minimum, this year counts!

14. Can I still earn fundraising prizes for raising much needed-funds for Maine Cancer Foundation?

You absolutely can! And we’ve adjusted the levels this year in light of the economic impacts of COVID-19. We are so grateful for every dollar raised and want to reward you for your efforts. You can see the new 2020 incentive levels here. We will determine the top fundraiser, top 10 and top 20 fundraisers on Sunday, August 30 (time TBD). But you have until September 15 to earn other incentive prizes.

15. Do I need to do the virtual race at the race venue?

No. In fact, we ask that you NOT complete the traditional Tri for a Cure course. In the interest of safety on the SMCC campus and in surrounding communities, please do not plan to swim, bike, or run on campus. You should plan to complete the legs of the triathlon in your own neighborhood, on your treadmill, etc. We do not encourage meeting up with groups of athletes to complete the event. Please adhere to all state and local regulations when planning your activities.

16. When do I complete my virtual triathlon?

The virtual Tri for a Cure 2020 will take place from August 1 – August 30. Hosting the event in August will allow more time to train and fundraise this summer. Please do not complete your virtual Tri for a Cure on July 19. We don’t want to overwhelm our roads with bicyclists and runners on that day.

17. Do I still need to send in my bike inspection form?

No, no need to send in your bike inspection form, but for safety, we encourage you to get your bike tuned up by a professional before going for any rides. Many bike shops are doing drop off services. We recommend calling CycleMania at 207-774-2933.

18. What is happening with clinics?

We will be hosting clinics virtually. Clinic content will cover how to complete your triathlon on your own safely and tips for how to make the experience fun. If you have already registered for a paid clinic, the cost of registration will be transferred to your fundraising page in the coming weeks and count towards your total.

19. How do I share my triathlon?

We can’t wait to see photos and hear about everyone’s virtual Tri for a Cure. If you have not already joined the Tri for a Cure 2020 Facebook Group, please do so. This is a great place to upload photos from your activities and share why you Tri! We have also created a Strava Club where you can upload your routes and cheer on your fellow participants! More information will be coming on how to share your results with fellow participants and others.

20. Can I win my age group?

No, this year we will not be tracking or collecting finishing times and we will not have prizes for top finishers. Instead we hope that everyone will use the Tri for a Cure 2020 to set personal goals and focus your energy in this uncertain time. 

21. Where to my donations go?

All donations benefit Maine Cancer Foundation, whose mission is to reduce the impact of cancer statewide. MCF funds grants focused on fostering prevention, increasing early detection and screening, and improving patient outcomes. MCF is a nimble organization and invests funds where Mainers need it most. Please visit our website to learn more (

22. What is a matching gift?

Many companies offer matching gift opportunities. Does your business have a matching gift program? It never hurts to ask them!

23. Where can I send cash or check donations?

Checks can be mailed to Maine Cancer Foundation (170 US Route 1, Suite 250, Falmouth, ME 04105). Unfortunately, we cannot currently accept cash donations. If you receive a cash donation, please deposit that money and write a check or make a credit card donation instead of mailing in the cash.

24. How do I receive my athlete shirt, finisher medal, and fundraising prizes?

We are tentatively planning to host a one-day celebration event and Expo on Sunday, September 20, if social distancing guidelines allow. We will communicate details as we get closer, but please pencil that into your calendar. If you are unable to attend, we will also offer alternative ways to receive your items.