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Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • What prizes can my team win?  First Place Finishing Team - $500. Other prize announcement forthcoming.
  • How do I register for the race? You can click on the registration button which will lead you to an online registration process.  An email confirmation of your registration will be sent to you as well as The Salvation Army.  From there, you will receive any important information and updates regarding the race by email.
  • What is the entry fee for the race?  Your team must commit at least $250 in funds in order to compete.  Registration fee for the race is $50 per team which is included in the total funds of $250.
  • How many people form a team?  The participating teams are made up of two competitors, no more, no less.
  • Are there age requirements to participate?  Participants may be 16 years of age or older.  Sixteen and 17 year olds must submit a signed consent form.  The Legal Guardian Consent form can be downloaded at the bottom of the FAQs. 
  • How does the fundraising process work?  Once you complete the registration process, you will see prompts to create a team fundraising form which will allow you to fundraise using our online form, which accepts credit card donations.  Then you can email your friends, family and coworkers directing them to your form and asking them for donations. We also encourage you to use social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, to tell others and share the link to your form that will be provided after you've created your fundraising form.
  • Will my donors receive a tax-deductible receipt for their donation?  Yes. Any donation made online to The Salvation Army will receive an electronic tax receipt directly to the email provided.
  • Where does the money I raise go?  The money you raise benefits The Salvation Army's programs and services, including Project Break Through, a program that helps families become economically self-sustaining and break the cycle of poverty.
  • What benefits are there for fundraising more money than the minimum?  Aside from the goodwill and impact your added donations will have to support The Salvation Army, top fundraising teams will receive special incentives during the race.
  • How many teams will be accepted for the race?  We can accept only the first 40 teams to submit the minimum required donation of $250 by the registration deadline of May 18, 2017.
  • Can I register to participate in the race on the morning of the event (August 5, 2017)? No. The deadline for registration is August 3, 2017.
  • What if my team does not reach the minimum $250 donation goal?  If a team does not reach the minimum $250 donation they will not be eligible to participate in the race.  It should be understood by team members that they are participating in a fund raiser to benefit The Salvation Army of Williamsport, Pennsylvania.  As such, any funds raised with be retained for use in Salvation Army programs.
  • Will I be able to make a donation the morning of the race?  Yes, however, if the maximum cap of teams has been reached though you will not be able to participate in the race.
  • How many challenges will be a part of the race? There will be 8 challenges.
  • How much time will it take to complete the race?  That depends on your team’s ability to successfully complete challenges.  Estimation of time to concluding ceremony is forthcoming.
  • Will there be any team eliminations as in the TV show? No.  But teams may receive a penalty if they don't successfully complete their challenge in the allotted amount of time. 
  • Is this race a physical or mental test of ability?  Both. This event incorporates physical skill elements, such as running, combined with mental skills such as puzzle solving.
  • What kind of training would you suggest to increase my team’s chances?  Due to the “mystery” of the race challenges, training for this race is unlike any other.  But since this race is completed in teams of two, you should consider training with your partner.  You may take long walks or runs with your partner.  You may consider working together on any problem solving games and raise the pressure level by using a clock and establishing time limits.  You may want to give thought to how you will approach a food challenge that features foods that may not be palatable to you.
  • What type of clothing would you suggest for the race day?  Check the weather first so you can adjust what would be appropriate and comfortable for a race day.  A definite must is comfortable running shoes and workout apparel.  Consider the possibility that your clothing may get soiled or wet.
  • How difficult is this race to complete?  Some challenges for some teams are a breeze to complete; but others are far more challenging.  That’s why it takes teamwork to be successful. 
  • What happens if it rains on race day?  You get wet! The race will take place rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, racer safety is a top corncern for The Salvation Army. On the day of the race, there is always the potential for extreme weather conditions (for example: lightning, tornado, high winds, extreme heat, etc.). The Salvation Army will do all we can to make the experience as safe as possible. But if there is severe weather, the race may be delayed as race officials consult public safety officers. If there is more than a reasonable delay, or if conditions persist, race officials reserve the right to shorten or cancel the race. Entry fees are non-refundable. Please check this website (www.SalvationArmyWilliamsport.org) or your email before the race for any changes or cancellations. Once the race starts, race staff at each location will keep you updated about any weather-related changes that arise.
  • Where is the race starting/finish line?  Both the starting and finish line are at the Lycoming College Intramural Field.
  • Where should I park the day of the race?  Parking is available at the Lycoming College parking lot adjacent to the Lycoming College Intramural Field.
  • Do I need to bring anything to the race?  Each team is required to have a smartphone - you may need one to complete challenges and navigate between race locations. Race organizers will have team phone numbers in case we need to contact you while on the race course.
  • How will we get around town?  A River Valley Transit pass will be provided to each racer. You will have free access to buses by using the pass. Teams may only be on foot or use River Valley Transit - no other form of transportation is allowed unless specified in a clue.
  • How will the rules be enforced?  Race marshalls will be located along the entire race course to monitor racers. Teams violating the rules will be disqualified from the race immediately. You know the saying, "cheaters never win and winners never cheat." Have fun!!
  • What is provided for the teams?  Each team member will get MOST Amazing Race t-shirt and a bag of free goodies from race sponsors. Snacks and water will be provided for teams throughout the day. Refreshments will be provided during the finish line festivities for each racers and up to four guests per team, so bring your appetite!
  • Why should I raise more than required?  Because the need for The Salvation Army's programs and services is bigger than ever. Bonus: racers who meet established fundraising levels qualify for time advantages on race day.