Frequently Asked Questions
Race times will be calculated based on WHEN you pledged and HOW MUCH you pledged. We will acquire a list of real race times from an actual marathon (so you don’t end up with something less-than-believable like 3:00:00), then distribute by pledge level. Thus, the best times will go to the highest pledge level backers. Within each pledge level, the best times will go to the people who backed at that level FIRST. For example, someone who pledges $25 will have a better time than someone who pledges $20, AND a slightly better time than someone who pledges $25 AFTER them. The only place this rule is broken is with the early bird $20 backers, whose times will be better than the $25 backers (but not better than the $45 and up).Last updated:
This isn’t a traditional project in the sense that we have to raise a substantial amount in order to make tools or dies or anything really expensive (t-shirts are easy to make at low quantities, as are race bibs, etc.) so we don’t have to have a super-high goal. We could make t-shirts for a hundred bucks and have a slightly-watered down version of the race.
In the end, we decided to focus not on how much money we need, but on how many participants would be needed for the idea to work. Our thought was that the race wouldn’t really be fun or convincing if only five or six people did it. But if 100 people did it, it would be worth it. 100 people x $10 economy entry = $1000. We dropped a dollar as a tribute to our last project, 99 Shades of Grey.Last updated:
No big deal. You could join for the day, or else just use whatever social networks you have. Or you could just participate with your friends for the fun of it and not engage in the social side of things. It’s your race, so feel free to do as much or little engagement as you like!Last updated:
Yes! If you can get five friends to do the race with you, you’ll all save money by pitching in on a Race Team Party Pack. Otherwise, simply increase your pledge by the amount of the registration you want. For instance, if you’re at the $45 level and you want another $45 registration, pledge $90 at that level. If you are at the $25 level and you just want to add a $10 registration, pledge $35 total at the $25 level.Last updated:
No way! That would mean that the bib is wider than the shirt, and the bracelet is able to function as a belt. That would be ridiculous.
In all seriousness though (or at least more seriousness than usual), those are just mockups. The t-shirts will be green, and the logos will go where indicated, but the front might look different on the final design if we come up with a cooler race logo. The medals will obviously be COMPLETELY different (the pictures just show a blank medal, which would be super-lame. We’re getting some AWESOME custom medals made.), but we haven’t finalized the design just yet.
Essentially, those are placeholder designs to give you a general idea, but the final designs will be the coolest possible thing we can create, which may look a little different than what’s pictured.Last updated:
For starters, Kickstarter does not allow charity projects on the site. Although this seems like a strange rule at first, it makes a lot of sense when you consider their explanation. Kickstarter is a platform for creative projects, and they know that if you're asked to decide between supporting an artist or helping a charity, many people will feel obligated give to the charity, which isn't fair to the artist.
So, by Kickstarter's rules (which we agree with and support 100%), we can't make this a charity project.
Moreover, there actually aren't as many "proceeds" as you probably think. If you look at what we're giving away at each level (i.e., $10 gets you a race bib, race bracelet, race program, race sticker, and your race time on the site), that's a lot of things that we have to produce or have produced (even the intangibles like the race time require us to pay someone to code the site, enter in hundreds of race times, and match those with backer names based on when/how much they pledged). We priced everything low enough that we can cover our costs + shipping, but not make a ton of profit. We want this to be accessible to as many people as possible, so we kept the price low.
Once the project is done on Kickstarter, if there are any proceeds left over, then we will consider ways to give back to the community. One way we've done this in the past is by contributing a portion of our profits to help other Kickstarter projects. For this project, we made it official by becoming a participant in Kicking it Forward. Find out more at kickingitforward.orgLast updated:
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