FAQs & Info - Biz Dash

Frequently Asked Questions

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When is the 2022 Biz Dash?

The Biz Dash 5K will be on Thursday, September 22 at Centene Stadium’s Lou Fusz Plaza. The Spire Team Village will be open from 5-9pm.

 

When does the 5K race begin?

The Biz Dash 5K typically starts at 7pm. Additional times and details will be released closer to the event.

 

What is the cost to register for the event?

  • $45 per participant  |  May 3 – August 21
  • $50 per participant  |  August 22 – September 14
  • VIRTUAL: $55 per participant (includes shipping costs)

 

Registration Fee Includes:

  • St. Louis CITY SC Themed Biz Dash T-Shirt – sponsored by Equifax
  • St. Louis CITY SC Themed Biz Dash Soccer Scarf – sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors & SSM Health
  • Skinny Can Koozie – sponsored by Energizer
  • 1 Complimentary Post-Race Beverage Per Participant
  • Race Bib & Timing Strip

 

How do you create a company team? What are my options?

A “regular” company team can be created by following the steps on the registration page. Companies can decide if they will pay for employees’ registrations, a percentage of the fee, or defer the entire fee to the employee to cover (see next question).

TEAM STARTER PACKS:

If a company is planning to pay for its employees, they also have the option to purchase a Team Starter Pack. Starter Packs include a set amount of race entries (10, 25, 50 & 100) and as well as a discounted tent in the team village at various sizes depending on the amount of entries.

  • If you purchase a Team Starter Pack, you do not need to create a “regular” company team. Once the form is submitted, a Biz Dash staff member will set up your team in RunSignUp and notify you when it’s ready for employees to join.
  • If a company wants to pay for entries beyond the allocated amount, they can specify that when they complete the form on the Team Starter Pack page.

 

Does a company have to pay for their participants?
No. When you create a “regular” company team, it doesn’t cost anything until people start to register. Team Captains can set up payment with one of three options:

  1. Employees pay their own registration fee (at no cost to the company).
  2. Company pays for a percentage of each registration fee. The remainder is covered by each individual employee.
  3. Company pays for 100% of registration 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 19 to all Team Captains.
    1. If a company wants to cover all race entries AND they want a tent, we suggest purchasing a Team Starter Pack (see details above). However, if you have already created a “regular” company team and still want a tent, they can be purchased a la carte through the Captain Store (Team Captains can see this on their team page at RunSignUp.com).

 

When is the registration deadline?
Registration closes on Wednesday, September 14 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. If the in-person event is unable to occur, all registrations will be converted to virtual.

 

Can I register if my company is not involved?
Yes! You can 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. For more information, graphics and tools, visit our Team Recruitment page.

 

Is the race timed?
Yes, the race is chip-timed with results for the in-person event only. Participants will need to complete their 5K by 8pm to qualify for team scoring. Please note that virtual participation does count towards team scores.

 

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 8:15pm.

 

How early should I arrive?
The Spire Team Village will be open from 5-9pm in Lou Fusz Plaza outside Centene Stadium. The Biz Dash welcome announcements, t-shirt contest awards, and pre-race warm-up start at 6pm. The 5K starts at 7pm. For more information, visit the Spire Team Village page.

 

Where should I park?

Additional details will be released closer to the event. We recommend you familiarize yourself with the parking options near Union Station and Downtown West.

 

Can our team bring our own food and drinks?
No, all food and beverages in the Spire Team Village must be purchased through the designated F&B stands. Credit card only (no cash accepted). No outside food, alcohol or coolers will be permitted. Participants may bring a re-useable water bottle with them to fill from the water coolers at the start/finish line.

Teams with tents purchased may pre-order kegs or buckets of beverages (beer, seltzers, water), and these will be placed at your tent upon arrival in the village. Team Captains can also pre-purchase food vouchers to distribute to their team members and redeem at the designated food stands. Participants will also be able to purchase food themselves if the company is not paying for its employees. Details to be released in August 2022.

 

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 to the event. Race entries are not tax-deductible.

 

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. As you prepare for race day, check out the forecast by 5 On Your Side – the official Weather Sponsor of the Biz Dash.

 

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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