FAQs & Info - Biz Dash

Frequently Asked Questions

In 2020, we went completely virtual with 90+ companies and 3,000 participants. We will continue to monitor the trends and CDC guidelines in the hopes we can gather in person and virtually in 2021. The information below is subject to change.

Get The Facts

When is the 2021 Biz Dash?

Save the date! The Biz Dash is scheduled for Thursday, September 2 in Downtown St. Louis. Virtual registration will also be offered with more details to be released surrounding the dates to complete the 5K. The St. Louis Sports Commission will continue to monitor the health trends and notify participants of updates for the event.


What is the cost to register for the event?

Prices to be released later this summer. Registration will open Summer 2021.


Does a company have to pay for their participants?
No, it is free to create a company team. During team creation, Team Captains can set up payment with one of three options:

  1. Employees pay their own entry fee (at no cost to the company).
  2. Company pays for a percentage of each entry fee. The remainder is covered by each individual employee.
  3. Company pays for 100% of entry fees. Team Captains will have access to a “Team Invoice” feature through their Team Captain Homepage to view a running balance of their Company Team. Team Invoices will be sent out Monday, September 14 to all Team Captains.


When is the registration deadline?
Company Team registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, August 25.
Individuals who do not have a team or miss the deadline can join the Sports Foundation (general public) team up until Friday, August 27 at Noon.


Is race day registration offered?
There is no race day registration. All participants must pre-register online by the deadlines above.


Are race bibs transferable?
Race bibs may not be transferred to another runner, even in the event that the registered runner cannot attend. Doing so will disqualify the bib number.


Are there refunds on registration?
The race does not issue refunds or race entry transfers.


Can I register if my company is not involved?
Yes! You will just need to join the “Sports Foundation Team” on the registration page. The password is “stlsports.” This team is available to the general public for any individual participants.


Is there a limit as to how many people can register for each Company Team?
No, companies can have an unlimited number of participants represent their Company Teams.


How can I recruit more team participants?

With health and wellness at the heart of the Biz Dash, it’s a perfect event to add to your company’s wellness program! Talk to your Human Resources department about adding it to the calendar and employees can earn incentive/wellness points by completing the 5K. As communication is sent out company-wide, make sure the Biz Dash 5K is included in those event opportunities. Whether it’s in-person or virtual, it’s a great way to get outside and be active.


Is the race timed?
Yes, the race is chip-timed with results.


Can family and/or friends participate on a Company Team?
Family and/or friends may be included on Company Teams if designated during registration, but they will not be eligible for team scoring. Team Captains can make this option available for their team during team creation. All runners will be able to view their individual times.


What is your child policy?
Children 3 years old and under are free and do not need to be registered.


What award categories are offered?

  • Overall Male
  • Overall Female
  • Male CEO
  • Female CEO
  • Top Team in each Industry Category (18 Total)
  • Fastest Small Company (149 or less employees)
  • Fastest Midsize Company (150-499 employees)
  • Fastest Large Company (500 or more employees)
  • Largest Company Team
  • T-Shirt Contest (Most Creative, Best Design & Best Humor)


What are the 18 Industry Categories?
1) Accounting
2) Banking, Finance & Investments
3) Consulting & Staffing
4) Education
5) Engineering, Architecture & Construction
6) Foundations & Non-Profits
7) Hospitality & Entertainment
8) Military & Government
9) Insurance
10) Legal
11) Manufacturing & Utilities
12) Marketing
13) Media
14) Medical & Health Care
15) Retail & Wholesale
16) Sports, Fitness & Recreation
17) Technology & IT
18) Transportation & Logistics


Who is eligible for the CEO Challenge?
The HBM Holdings CEO Challenge is available to companies with 5 or more full-time employees. It will be scored according to individual chip time (in male and female categories). A CEO Challenge participant must have an Executive or C-Suite Title at their company in order to be eligible. This category welcomes both runners and walkers! Please be sure they are registered for the event by joining your Company Team. Team Captains will be asked a custom question at the time of team creation on whether they would like to include someone into the HBM Holdings CEO Challenge.


Can I walk or jog the race if I am not competitive?
Certainly! Anyone who is physically able to complete a 5K (3.1 miles) is encouraged to participate. We encourage all levels of runners and walkers.


Can we stick around after the race?
Absolutely, everyone is welcome hang out in the Spire Team Village and enjoy the post-race festivities. The awards ceremony will start at approximately 8:30 p.m.


How early should I arrive?
The Spire Team Village will be open from 5:00-9:30 p.m. The Biz Dash welcome and announcements will start at 6pm. The 5K race will begin at 7:00 p.m.


Can our team bring our own food and drinks?
Personal food will be permitted. All beverages in the Spire Team Village must be purchased through the designated stands or via the catering options for team tents. No outside alcohol or coolers will be permitted.


Is a Company Team required to purchase a tent?
It is not required that Company Teams purchase a tent, but we strongly encourage it! A team tent is a great spot to meet before and after the race, and companies can also pre-order food and beverages to be served at your tent to refuel after the race. (Your team must have a tent purchased to pre-order food/beverages via our catering partners). It is recommended that you determine the number of participants your company will have before you purchase your team tent. Tent rentals are non-refundable after purchase.


Are strollers allowed?
Strollers are permitted during the Biz Dash 5K. If running with a stroller, please line up towards the back and allow other runners without strollers to go ahead.


Does the Biz Dash 5K have a beneficiary?
Yes, the event benefits the St. Louis Sports Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable affiliate. The Foundation implements programs and activities that promote sportsmanship, create positive environments for kids to play sports, and help young people in St. Louis lead healthier, happier lives. It also serves as the umbrella organization for the Sports Commission’s Olympic Legacy initiative, which aims to positively impact St. Louis through its opportunities as an Olympic City. Learn more at sportsmanship.org.


Is this event tax-deductible?
This event is tax-deductible for companies who are a sponsor or donate for the event.


What is the weather policy?
The Biz Dash will go on rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, a call will be made about the race at that time.


Can my company promote at the event or market as a vendor booth?
The Biz Dash does not allow companies or teams to promote their own events or fundraisers while at the event without approval. Companies can purchase a vendor booth sponsorship by contacting Tom Dolan at 314-345-5111 or tdolan@stlsports.org. The best way to promote your company is through your team t-shirts or the decorations that are allowed within the team tents. For guidelines on tent rentals, please visit the Team Captain page.


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