This is a great question and one that we get often.
Some people see the registration price and think, “OMG! That’s so expensive!”.
While many people look at it and say, “That’s too good to be true, what’s the catch?”
Regardless of which one you are, it is only natural to want to know what you get for your money.
So here’s a barebones list of what it covers:
And here are the other 4 FAQs we get about this subject:
Sorry, registrations aren’t tax deductible. It’s an IRS ruling and out of our control. While we give all proceeds from the event to the cause—registrations count as “payments,” not contributions.
Because your registration buys your participation in the event, it’s classified as a purchase, not a gift.
However, individual donations (made independently from your registration) are 100% tax deductible. See our Fundraising Page for more information.
We’ve grown, and so have our goals. And so have the economic hurdles of herding 1500ish people around 3 islands, over the course of 3 days.
We do offer early-bird discounts and incentives to sign up early, but when you consider the logistics, permits, and perks that go into a three-day, three-island, race… our full price is a steal.
We do it by constantly cutting overhead, soliciting sponsors anywhere we can get ‘em, and relying on a kickass force of dedicated volunteers. Could we do it cheaper? Maybe. But not if we want to give you the one-of-a-kind race experience, that you’ve come to know and love.
And not if we want to meet our fundraising goals. We’ve got tons of money to raise. And every penny of our proceeds goes to meeting that goal and fighting breast cancer.
First, there’s a big difference between “registration proceeds” and “fundraising proceeds’.
Virtually every penny of the registration fees goes to cover the costs of the event. If we have a lot of sponsors one year and/or have more registrants than normal, we typically reinvest that money back into the event so that we can make the snack stations better, or give you more swag, or pay for better food, or hire live entertainment, etc. However, any proceeds that are left over are typically donated to one or two of our beneficiaries (see below).
On the other hand, every penny of the fundraising proceeds are distributed to breast cancer clinics, hospitals, and research organizations across the country. Historically we’ve always given these dollars to agencies in South Carolina but in 2019 we are beginning a new program called Choose Your Charity and that has us excited to begin distributing dollars around the entire world.
Our fundraising goal for 2019 is $350,000 (that’s up from our $150,000 goal in 2018)! With your help, we can crush 2018 and reach our huge milestone in 2019.
Some of our more recent funding recipients include: Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC, Mayo Clinic, American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, Volunteers in Medicine Bluffton, Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head, Beaufort Memorial Hospital,
We can’t wait to see you choose this year!