FAQs & Info - Biz Dash

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When is the 2021 Biz Dash?

The Biz Dash 5K will be Thursday, September 2 at Ballpark Village. The Spire Team Village will be open from 5-9pm. Virtual registration will also be offered for teams to complete the 5K between Sept 2-5. Team Captains can choose how their team will participate when they create their team.


When does the 5K race begin?

To provide participants a chance to spread out, the 2021 Biz Dash 5K will be offering rolling start times this year. The start line will open at 6:30pm and runners/walkers can begin the race anytime between 6:30 and 7:15pm.  Participants are chip-timed and should complete their 5K by 8pm to qualify for team scoring. The course will open to traffic at 8:15pm. To view the course route, visit the 5K Course page.


What is the cost to register for the event?

  • $35 – July 1 – August 10
  • $40 – August 11 – 25
  • All standard virtual registrations will have individual shipping costs of $8 added onto the registration fee. ($43 from July 1-August 10 and $48 from August 11-25)
  • Team Starter Packs include a set number of discounted entries and a Biz Dash staff member will set up your team for you. Click here to learn more.


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, August 30 to all Team Captains.


When is the registration deadline?
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. CT on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.


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. There is an in-person team and a virtual team as well. The password is “stlsports” and it is the same for both in-person and virtual team types. 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 for the in-person event only. Participants will need to complete their 5K by 8:15pm to qualify for team scoring. Please note that virtual participation will not 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 8:30pm.


How early should I arrive?
The Spire Team Village will be open from 5-9pm. The Biz Dash welcome and announcements will start at 6pm. The 5K course will open at 6:30pm. For more information, visit the Spire Team Village page.


Where should I park?

Participants can pay $5 to park in the surface lots or garage at Ballpark Village the night of the event.


Can our team bring our own food and drinks?
All food and beverages in the Spire Team Village must be purchased through the designated F&B stands at Ballpark Village. No outside food, alcohol or coolers will be permitted.

Team Captains can pre-order food vouchers to distribute to their team members and redeem at the designated food stands. Teams will meeting spaces purchased will also be able to pre-order buckets and/or cases of beverages as well. For more information and to view the menu, visit the Food & Beverages page.


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. 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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