GETTING STARTED

St. Louis’ Biz Dash 5K is set to be one of the best nights of the year! With the purpose of promoting a healthy, active lifestyle, we encourage everyone to come participate whether you run or walk. To help you understand a little more about the Biz Dash, we’ve provided some helpful information below. Click on the blue links to take you to each specific section.


About the Biz Dash 5K

Produced by the St. Louis Sports Commission, the Biz Dash 5K brings St. Louis businesses and their employees together to celebrate our community, build team camaraderie and promote a healthy, active lifestyle. While the main focus is the 5K (3.1 mi) run, the event also includes a post-race festival where participants have the chance to enjoy themselves, mingle with other groups and receive recognition for their contributions, race times, and company t-shirt designs. With live music, food, drinks and fun, it’s “St. Louis’ Biggest Office Party.”

Any business in our community including corporations, small businesses, start-ups and everything in between is invited to participate in this one-of-a-kind event. It’s a great opportunity to get outside, have some fun with your colleagues, and compete against other businesses in your industry. Nothing says team bonding like a little friendly competition, right? Think of it as a Thursday night happy hour, a networking opportunity or just a fun activity to do on a week night in Downtown St. Louis.

The heart of the Biz Dash is to promote a healthy lifestyle. In other cities like Richmond, Orlando, and Atlanta, this type of event has been widely popular and effective in engaging the community and its business professionals. Studies have shown that the healthier (and happier) the employee, the more productive they are in the workplace thereby attributing to a higher achieving organization. The Biz Dash is all about inclusion so every level of runner or walker is encouraged to participate. It is going to be an event you don’t want to miss!


Rules & Eligibility

The Biz Dash is open to employees from corporations, small and large businesses and financial institutions. Employees of non-business organizations (federal, state and municipal governments, educational institutions, and quasi-governmental organizations) are also eligible to participate as long as they are employed by the same unit, branch, chapter or school.

Team Eligibility:

  • In order to be eligible for a Company Team, participants must be actively employed and work a minimum of 25 hours per week.
  • Companies may register an unlimited number of employees for their team, all of whom will be individually timed.
  • Team scores will only include participants’ who are employed by that 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. All runners will be able to view their individual times.
  • Companies must have a minimum of four participants to be eligible for team scoring (two men and two women). See “Scoring & Awards” for more details on how teams are recorded.
  • The CEO Challenge category is available to companies with five or more full-time employees. Please refer to “Scoring & Awards” for more details regarding this category.

Individual (non-company participants) Registration:

  • Individuals are welcome to participate without being associated to a company.
  • Select “I’m an Individual” to register as a non company participant. Within the team registration menu, join the “Sports Foundation Team” and use the password, “stlsports”.
  • Individual runners will only be eligible for the overall male and overall female awards.

Race Day:

  • All participants must wear their assigned race bib on the front of the shirt during the race. Race numbers must be visible and in full view.
  • For safety reasons, strollers, bicycles, roller skates, in-line skates, and pets will be prohibited on the course and in the Team Village.
  • You may not bring outside food or alcohol inside the Team Village.
  • Entries are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be deferred to another year.
  • Event management reserves the right to delay, postpone or cancel the event due to inclement weather deemed unsafe. Participant safety is the number one priority. Entries are non-refundable in the case of cancellation.

Registration Fees

$30 per participant through July 31, 2017 | $35 beginning August 1, 2017.

Company Team registration closes Friday, August 25, 2017.

Sports Foundation Team (participants that are not part of a Company Team) closes Wednesday, August 30, 2017.

No walk-up, race-day or paper registrations, ALL participants must register online.

Cost includes:

  • Race Bib & Timing Chip
  • Biz Dash 5K Participant Tee
  • Complimentary Beer Voucher
  • Complimentary Giveaway Item Voucher
  • Live Entertainment

 

Payment Options

Sports Foundation Team
Participants that are not part of a Company Team pay by credit card through the online registration payment system.

Company Teams
Team Captains have three options for covering entry fees. Captains must make this selection in the “Event Cost” section during team creation. Be sure to talk to your Human Resources or Wellness department to determine how your company will handle payment for this event.

  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 for their Company Team. Team Invoices will be sent out on Monday, August 28 to all Team Captains.

Options for Remitting Payment:

  1. Pay with a credit card online
  2. Submit a check (payable to the St. Louis Sports Foundation)

MAIL TO:
St. Louis Sports Commission
Attn: Biz Dash 5K
308 N. 21st Street, Suite 500
St. Louis, MO 63103


Industry Categories

Team Captains will select an industry category when creating their Company Team. This category will create division assignments that enable companies to compete against similar companies/industries. There are 13 industry categories to choose from listed below:

 

  1. Banking, Finance & Investments
    Banks, Credit Unions, Mortgage Companies, Stock Brokers, Investors, Real Estate
  2. Legal & Accountants
    Law Firms, Auditors, Bookkeepers
  3. Hospitals & Health-Care
    Medical Centers, Clinics, Doctor’s Offices, Medical Supplies, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation, Chiropractors, Pharmaceuticals
  4. Transportation & Utilities
    Railroad, Trucking, Shipping, Energy, Logistics
  5. Insurance
    Life, Health, Auto, Home
  6. Sales, Retail, & Hospitality
    Merchandise & Wholesale Sales, Hotels, Restaurants, Grocery Stores, Food Services, Automobile Dealerships
  7. Engineering & Construction
    Engineers, Architects, Designers, Industrial, Manufacturers, Mechanics
  8. Military, Government & Education
    Division or branch of Military, Government including City, County, State or Federal, Public or Private Schools, Law Enforcement, Fire and Rescue
  9. Communications, Media & Marketing
    Television, Radio, Newspapers & Magazines, Advertising, Public Relations
  10. Sports, Recreation & Entertainment
    Fitness and Exercise, Professional or Amateur Sports, Leisure Services
  11. Technology, IT & Electronics
    Start-ups, Computers & Equipment, Servers, Web Hosting, Video Conferencing, Phone Services
  12. Foundations & Non-Profits
    Charitable, Religious, Unions
  13. Running Clubs
    St. Louis area running clubs, teams, groups

Scoring & Awards

Awards will be presented on stage following the race in these categories:

  • Overall Male
  • Overall Female
  • Male CEO
  • Female CEO
  • Top Team in each Industry Category (13 Total)
  • Largest Company Team
  • T-Shirt Contest

 

Overall Male & Female – The Overall category will be scored according to the first runners that cross the finish line.

 

Featured-Sponsor-HBM_200x125Male & Female 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 a C-Level Executive Title at their company in order to be eligible (CEO, CFO, COO, CIO, etc.). This category welcomes both runners and walkers! Please be sure they are registered for the event by joining your Company Team.

 

 

Top Team in each Industry Category – The Top Team category will be scored according to chip times for all 13 Industry Categories. A company must have a minimum of two men and two women to qualify for team scoring. The top two male finishers and top two female finishers from each Company Team will be automatically combined to create a cumulative team time. ALL participants on Company Teams will have an opportunity to view their individual times.

 

Largest Company Team – The “Largest Company Team” with the most participants registered will be recognized and awarded the evening of the race.

 

T-Shirt Contest – For details, about the company t-shirt contest, click here.

 


FAQs

What is the cost to register for the event?
$30 per participant through July 31, 2017
$35 per participant starting August 1, 2017

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 28 to all Team Captains.

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.”

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.

Is the race timed?
Yes, the race is professionally timed with published results.

What award categories are offered?
Overall Male and Female | Overall  Male and Female CEO’s | Top Mixed Team in each of the Industry Categories (13) | Largest Company Team | T-Shirt Contest

What are the 13 Industry Categories?
1) Banking, Finance & Investments
2) Legal & Accountants
3) Hospitals & Health-Care
4) Transportation & Utilities
5) Insurance
6) Sales Retail & Hospitality
7) Engineering & Construction
8) Military, Government & Education
9) Communications, Media & Marketing
10) Sports, Recreation & Entertainment
11) Technology, IT & Electronics
12) Foundations & Non-Profits
13) Running Clubs

Who is eligible for the HBM Holdings 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 a C-Level Executive Title at their company in order to be eligible (CEO, CFO, COO, CIO, etc.). 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 pre-register someone into the 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.

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.

Is Race Day Registration offered?
There is no race day registration. All participants must pre-register online before the event.

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

Can we stick around after the race?
Absolutely, everyone is welcome hang out in the World Wide Technology Team Village and enjoy the post-race festivities at Ballpark Village.

How early should I arrive?
The Team Village will be open from 5:00-10:00 p.m. The 5K race will be at 7:00 p.m.

Does the Biz Dash 5K have a beneficiary?
Yes, it benefits the St. Louis Sports Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable affiliate. The Foundation focuses on promoting sportsmanship and creating positive environments for kids to play sports so they lead healthier, happier lives. Foundation programs inform and inspire those involved in youth sports. Reaching out to coaches, parents, administrators and young athletes, the organization strives to make youth sports enjoyable while reinforcing the importance of respect, civility, selflessness and integrity.  

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, patrons will be moved inside Ballpark Village and a call will be made about the race at that time.

 

 

 

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