Everyone has questions. If your specific question is not answered below, please give us a call at 1-800-718-3536 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Best Buddies?
Funds raised through the Best Buddies Challenge benefit Best Buddies International – a global non-profit that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Learn more.
When is the Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port - presented by Pepsi-Cola and Shaw's and Star Market Foundation event?
The 100 mile ride starts at Santander Bank on Columbia Point in Dorchester, MA. The 50 mile takes off from Carver, MA. The 20 mile ride begins in Sandwich, MA. The 5k Run/Walk starts at Craigville Beach in Hyannis Port, MA. Click here for addresses and directions to all event venues.
What amenities are available at start lines & rest stops?
All start lines and rest stops have bathrooms, bike mechanics and medical support, and are well stocked with a wide variety of premium food and drinks including water, sport drinks, energy bars and gels, bagels, pastries, sandwiches, fruits and more.
Can I change my start line or other registration info after I register?
Absolutely! Changes to your start line, jersey size, rental bike needs and all other registration questions can be made up to two weeks prior to the event. Registered participants can contact their coach to update their registration options or e-mail email@example.com.
What is the event like?
All routes lead to our Craigville Beach Finish Line in Hyannis Port. After you finish your event, recover and relax beach side with a massage, hot shower, food, and open bar. Check out the criterium-style Friendship Races which pair Best Buddies program participants with celebrity guests. The day ends with at our famous lobster clambake and private concert. Click here for an Event Overview.
I am not a cyclist, walker or a runner. Can I still participate?
Absolutely! If you are interested in becoming a cyclist or runner, we have the training support that will help you get to where you want to be with tips, training grids, and training events throughout the year. If athletic participation isn’t for you, you also have the option when registering to select to “Watch and attend the after-party only.” Lasty, you could also consider volunteering for the event. Click here for volunteer opportunities.
Can I participate alone?
Definitely! Many of our participants choose to be on a team, but it is definitely not a requirement. You can sign up as an individual or you can start or join a team when you register and invite friends to join you. If you are interested in joining an existing team, let us know and we can sync you up with one! Click here for more information on Event Teams.
I want to participate, is there a fundraising commitment?
Why do you ask for my credit card when registering?
If you do not reach your fundraising commitment two weeks before the event, Best Buddies International will charge your credit card the outstanding balance left towards your fundraising commitment. This occurs regardless of your physical participation on event day. Click here for more details on our Fundraising Commitment.
What happens if I don't meet my Fundraising Commitment and my credit card is charged?
If you do not meet your fundraising commitment and your credit card is charged the balance of what you owe, you will then have until one month after the event to continue fundraising. Any monies which you raise and submit before one month after the event will be refunded back to your credit card. You can get a refund for up to the amount that you were charged. A few follow-up or thank you letters can easily help bring in the additional donations, and then this money would be credited back to the credit card.
How do I fundraise?
To help you meet your fundraising commitment, we provide a wealth of tools. Once registered, you’ll have access to your own fundraising webpage, which you can easily personalize. Your webpage makes it easy for donors to give and for you to ask for and keep track of donations. We’ll also provide you with fundraising materials, including email and letter templates, posters and step-by-step guides for holding your own fundraising events. And, you’ll have the support of a Best Buddies Challenge Coach. We’ve got all the tools you’ll need to not only meet, but exceed your fundraising goal. Click here to see some of the Fundraising Tools we provide to our participants.
After registration, you have a 7-day period from the day you registered to withdraw from the event and you will not be held responsible for your fundraising commitment. If, within those 7 days you decide that you cannot make this commitment for any reason, just alert a Challenge Coach, and you will be released from the event. If we do not hear from you within that week, you will be responsible for your fundraising commitment made at the time of registration. Please note: Registration fees are non-refundable.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes, all donations are tax deductible. Best Buddies is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our Tax ID number is 52-161-4576.
How do I make an online donation?
Easy! Simply click the donate button in the upper right hand side of your screen. You can choose to either sponsor an event participant or make a general donation to Best Buddies. All donations are tax deductible.
How do I make an offline donation?
Easy! If you are going to sponsor a specific rider, ask them for an “offline donation” form. Make checks payable to “Best Buddies” and send the check and offline donation form to our headquarters: Best Buddies Challenge Attn: HP Donation 100 Southeast Second Street Suite 2200 Miami, FL 33131 To make a general donation, again make checks payable to Best Buddies and send to the address above.
What do I do if a donor hands me a check?
Please mail the check to our headquarters: Best Buddies Challenge Attn: HP Donation 100 Southeast Second Street Suite 2200 Miami, FL 33131 Also, be sure to include an offline donation form so that we may appropriately apply the donation to your fundraising.
Why do you ask for so much donor information?
The data we collect is necessary to create accurate donor records and provide appropriate tax acknowledgement information. The information is not used for solicitation purposes. If you have any questions about the information that is being collected please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-718-3536.
What about matching gifts?
Matching gifts are the easiest way to double your donations! Keep in mind, most companies will only make matching gifts at certain times of year. Often it is every month, quarter, bi-annually or annually. This means that even if you put the matching form in today, it might not be posted for a bit of time. Which means, now is the best time to start asking about matching gifts. Click here for more information about matching gifts.
Do I need to own a bike to ride in a Best Buddies Challenge?
No. You can reserve a top-of-the-line BMC road, hybrid, or tandem bike on the day of the event if you do not own a bike of your own. For more details, visit our Rental Bike page.
I don’t want to spend $2,000 on a road bike. What else is out there?
There are a lot of great bikes out there that are within your budget. Perhaps you have a friend is selling their bike or your local bike shop is having a sale. For less than $1,000 you can get a great bike for The Best Buddies Challenge. The most important part is purchasing a bike that fits you correctly. Registered event participants can also receive up to 20% off BMC bicycles at participating stores. If you choose not to purchase a bike of your own before our event, you also have the option to rent a bike for the event through us. For details, visit our Rental Bike page.
Yes, periodically throughout the year, The Best Buddies Challenge Team will host instructional group rides for beginners and advanced cyclists alike. The routes will be predetermined and as a registered participant, you’ll be contacted through email with all logistical information about upcoming training rides. Be sure to also monitor our Facebook and Twitter accounts for training ride updates throughout the year.
How much training do you recommend leading up to the event?
You wouldn’t sign up to run a marathon without gradually training your body to take on the challenge of running 26.2 miles and cycling is no different. To fully enjoy your event day, we recommend that you gradually train up to riding 70-80% of the distance you’ll be riding with us on event day. For example, if you are doing our 100-mile ride, we recommend you complete at least one ride of 70-80 miles before our event weekend. Remember, the more you prepare your body, the more enjoyable our event day will be for you. For more training advice and suggestions, visit our Training Tools page.
Do I need to wear a helmet?
Yes, helmets are required by law. You must bring your own helmet to the event in order to participate.
Do I have to wear padded cycling shorts/bibs?
We do not require you to wear ride specific clothing like padded shorts or bibs; however, such apparel will make you a lot more comfortable for the longer distances. If you are not comfortable wearing lycra, there are mesh-styled gym shorts with padding on the inside if you prefer to wear something different.
Why does the seat feel uncomfortable?
The seat, better known as a saddle, is designed to be used with padded shorts and can be quite comfortable with the right fit. Be sure to get a proper fitting at your local bike shop to ensure the most amount of comfort.
Do I have to wear special shoes?
No, but cycling shoes are designed to create efficient pedaling techniques. This will make your long ride more enjoyable! It may take some time getting used to but you’ll be glad you did. Riders participating in shorter distances may prefer to ride on standard “flat” pedals and sneakers.
Where do the event shuttles go?
Participants are responsible for their own transportation to the 100-mile start line and the 5k run/walk. For the 50 and 20-mile start lines, participants may drive themselves or utilize one of our shuttles, which will be departing from the 100-mile start line at 6:30am and 7am, respectively. Post-event, shuttles are available from Craigville Beach to all official Hyannis Port ride hotels every 20 minutes from 10am-8pm. Riders returning to the 100, 50 and 20-mile start lines will depart at both 4:30pm and 6:30pm. Shuttles are also available to these start lines from the official Hyannis Port hotels on Sunday morning at 9am sharp.
What happens to my bike after I finish?
Once you finish the challenge, a Best Buddies volunteer will valet your bike to the appropriate place for transportation. If you are returning to a start line by shuttle, your bike tag will be marked with that start line, so it will be available to pick up once you arrive at your scheduled transportation time. If you are using your own method of transportation, your bike will be waiting for you for pick-up at the bike valet area at the finish line (all self-transported bikes must be picked up and claimed at the finish line by 6:30 pm).
Where should I book my hotels?
If you haven’t already booked your hotel, please take a look at the discounted hotel rates available for Best Buddies Challenge participants. If you have any issues booking a hotel, contact your coach at 1-800-718-3536 or at email@example.com as soon as possible.
Where can I park?
Parking is available at all start lines and at the finish line at Craigville Beach. Additional overflow finish line parking with shuttle service is available from the Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 West Main St., Hyannis, MA.
Can friends and family join me at the finish line and party?
We encourage your family and friends to cheer you on along the route and as you cross the finish line! Due to capacity limitations, only pre-registered participants will receive a wristband for entrance to the finish line lunch tent, clambake and concert. Entry to the clambake and concert will not be available for purchase on event day.