Frequently Asked Questions

What is Type 1 Diabetes (T1D)?

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease that impacts millions of people around the world.

The disease occurs when the body's immune system attacks and destroys the beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, a hormone essential to turning food into energy. Without insulin, glucose from food stays in the blood, where it can cause serious damage to all of the body's organ systems.

Type 1 diabetes strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet or lifestyle. It requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin.

With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure. Join JDRF and Ragnar and help create a world without T1D.

T1D by the numbers:

  • Some 1.6 million Americans are living with T1D, including about 200,000 youth (less than 20 years old) and more than 1 million adults (20 years old and older).
  • 64,000 people are diagnosed each year in the U.S.
  • 5 million people in the U.S. are expected to have T1D by 2050, including nearly 600,000 youth.
  • Between 2001 and 2009, there was a 21 percent increase in the prevalence of T1D in people under age 20.
  • In the U.S., there are $16 billion in T1D-associated healthcare expenditures and lost income annually.
  • Less than one-third of people with T1D in the U.S. are consistently achieving target blood-glucose control levels.

Learn more at jdrf.org/t1d-resources/about.

About JDRF

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our strength lies in our exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to end T1D.

When you fundraise for JDRF, you are helping JDRF fund critical T1D research across the globe in support of our mission: to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.

Join us in creating a world without T1D.

Learn more at jdrf.org/about.

General Questions

How can I find my local JDRF Chapter?

JDRF has chapters throughout the United States and six international affiliates. To find your local JDRF chapter, click here or call 888-533-9255.

What is the partnership between JDRF and Ragnar?

Ragnar has teamed up with JDRF to connect Ragnarians with the leading global organization supporting people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D).

Through our partnership, we will celebrate ordinary people doing extraordinary things and inspire others to help us create a world without T1D.

We will connect, arm and expand the Ragnarian Nation to fight T1D.

Registration

Is there a registration fee to participate with JDRF in Ragnar events?

If your team selects the Altruistic Warrior option, then no, you do not have a registration fee on the JDRF fundraising website. Your team has already secured your race entry into the respective Ragnar Relay Series event through Ragnar and whatever funds your team raises will earn the team special perks. The more you raise, the more swag and race weekend perks you earn!

If your team selects the Royal Ragnarian option to fundraise for your race entry into the respective Ragnar Relay series event, then yes, you have a registration fee of $100. However, that is considered your first donation to your team fundraising minimum of $7,500.

Is there a registration fee to participate in the 200 for T1D Virtual Ragnar Relay?

No! By participating in the 200 for T1D Virtual Relay, you are not required to pay a registration fee. You can make a personal donation to your fundraising page at the time of registration should you choose to do so.

Do I need to register in advance?

Yes! If you want a chance to earn awesome swag and perks on race weekend then you need to register in advance to create your team's fundraising page on the JDRF site of the Ragnar Relay event that you are participating in.

Fundraising

Is there a fundraising minimum for Ragnar events?

It depends on which fundraising option you select as at team.

If your team has already purchased their race entry directly with Ragnar then your team can register with JDRF to fundraise and select the Altruistic Warrior package. You can raise what you want and earn benefits along the way! The more your team raises, the more perks you earn on race weekend!

If your team would like to fundraise to earn your team race entry into the Ragnar Relay of your choice, then yes, your team will commit to a fundraising minimum. In exchange, JDRF will provide the team a race entry into the respective Ragnar Relay event. Please consult the fundraising details section of the event site for more information about minimums and benefits.

Note: If you are participating in the 200 for T1D Virtual Ragnar Relay event, the fundraising perks are based on individual fundraising not team fundraising — see 200 for T1D event page for specific details.

How are donations made?

Donations can be made via cash, check or online with a credit card. All checks should be made payable to JDRF. Donors will be able to make donations directly to your team or personal fundraising page.

Do you accept employer-matching donations?

Yes, talk to your human resources department to find out if your company participates in our matching gift program or search the matching gift database. You can double or even triple your fundraising contribution to JDRF.

Are donations tax-deductible?

Yes, all donations to JDRF are tax-deductible.

What kind of support will I receive?

JDRF chapter staff can assist you every step of the way with helpful fundraising resources, and any other support you may need. And your online Participant Center is filled with great fundraising tools and resources to help you be successful.

Can I earn any perks for fundraising in Ragnar events?

Yes! The more your team collectively raises, the more perks you will earn. Including awesome benefits on race weekend like premier start times, VIP parking, VIP port a potties, etc. When your team fundraises you help get us closer to a world without T1D. Perks start accruing when your team collectively raises $500. Click on the Fundraising details section of the specific JDRF Runs Ragnar event page to see what benefits you can earn for your team.

Note: If you are participating in the 200 for T1D Virtual Ragnar Relay event, the fundraising perks are based on individual fundraising not team fundraising — see 200 for T1D event page for specific details.

Is there a deadline to earn perks for my team's fundraising?

Yes! To earn certain perks on Race weekend your team must achieve those amounts by at least 6 weeks before the event. See specific details on the JDRF Runs Ragnar event page. The more your team raises, the more perks you will receive.

If you are participating in the 200 for T1D Virtual Ragnar Relay event, please see the event page for specific fundraising details and deadlines.