FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We have answers to all your questions! If you can’t find the answers here please email [email protected] or give us a call at 801.584.5815.

REGISTRATION AND PARTICIPATION

Are the walk, run, and ride events a race?

Nope! They are non-competitive and not timed. The Huntsman SportsFest is an event designed to bring runners, cyclists, and participants of all levels together to raise money to fuel groundbreaking cancer research at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Together, we celebrate, remember, and get closer to a future free of cancer.

How much does it cost to participate, and when does registration close?

Walk & Run registration fees (includes T-shirt):
Kids Fun K (ages 1-12): $12
5K and 10K Trail: $35

Ride registration fees (includes T-shirt):
140 and 105 miles: $75 before March 13
80 and 60 miles: $50 before March 13
20 miles: $35 
*All ride distances, except 20 miles, will have a price increase on March 13.

Onsite registration at packet pickup on Friday, June 7 (no onsite registration on event day):
Kids Fun K: $15
5K and 10K Trail: $40
Ride: 140 and 105 miles - $100 | 80 and 60 miles - $75 | 20 miles: $40

* Cyclists who change to a shorter distance after registration will not receive a refund for the cost difference.

Online registration closes on Wednesday, June 5, at midnight. Onsite registration will be available at packet pickup on Friday, June 7, at Fort Douglas Field. There will be no onsite registration on event day. 
We cannot guarantee shirt sizes for anyone registering after June 1. If your preferred size isn't available, please let our team know during packet pickup and we will get one to you post-event.

My child wants to participate in the Kids Fun K. Do I need to register for the event to run with them?

No, you do not need to register. Your child who is participating is required to be registered.

My family/friends and I are doing different events. Can we still be on the same team?

Yes!  Participants from different events can be on the same team. With a team, each participant has their own fundraising page as well as the collective team page. Remember, family registration is different than team registration.

What is the difference between family and team registration?

Family registration is only available for the Run & Walk (5K, 10K Trail & Kids Fun K) and virtual participant event options. Family registration is for those wanting to have one person register multiple participants for the same event and have everyone in the group fundraise on the same web page.

NOTE: Only the person registering will receive communications about the event and be eligible to earn fundraising incentives i.e. athletic jerseys and jackets. This option is ideal for registering yourself and young children who do not have their own email addresses.

Team registration is designed for individuals to come together and pool their fundraising on a team page. However, each member of the team has their own personalized, individual fundraising page and is eligible to earn their own incentives. This allows team members to track their individual fundraising contributions and be eligible to earn incentive items, such as a cycling or running jersey. Members of the same team are able participate in separate events and distances allowing all interests and ability levels to join together in the fun. Teams are ideal for companies, families, or groups with multiple adults wanting to participate together.

Are there transporation options to the start line in Salem, UT?

Transportation details and options to Salem coming soon! Keep an eye on your email and our Ride page for the most up-to-date information.

If I plan to participate in a community event (an event held prior to event day that supports Huntsman SportsFest), do I need to be registered in your system?

No. Unless you plan to join us for the run/walk, Kids Fun K, or ride on June 8, 2024 (or as a virtual participant), you do not need to be registered online. Each community event is run and organized by the individual/group holding the event. Each event will have their own ways to register, donate, and participate.*

* If you are participating in a community event and would like your own personal fundraising web page, you have the ability to register in our system as a virtual participant. This will let us know that you are not planning to be there on June 8, but gives you a web page to share with friends and family to raise funds for Huntsman Cancer Institute. 

Is there still a virtual participant option available for 2024?

Yes! You can register as a virtual participant and do any event from anywhere! You will receive a fundraising page to help you share your message and ask for donations, and you are still able to earn all fundraising incentives.

If my family wants to watch me finish, will they be able to do that?

Yes! We love having family and friends at the finish line to cheer for and congratulate participants. 

Do you need volunteers? How can I register to help out?

The Huntsman SportsFest is an amazing event because of so many wonderful volunteers-and we need you! We have many volunteer positions that need to be filled to ensure the event is a success. Our needs range from early morning registration at Fort Douglas to staffing aid stations along the walk & run courses — and the ride always has dozens of assignments along the course. 2024 volunteer registration is open!

FUNDRAISING

Where does the money go?

One hundred percent of all funds raised for Huntsman SportsFest accelerate cancer research for children and adults at Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah. By funding efforts to better understand the beginnings of cancer and more effectively treat cancer, you help relieve suffering and improve the quality of life for cancer patients, survivors, and their families when you give. Cancer patients, caregivers, and donors are encouraged to come together in a myriad of ways to fight cancer individually and collectively through fundraising programs and events like the Huntsman SportsFest. Visit our “Mission” page to learn more.

Is fundraising required to participate in Huntsman SportsFest?

While fundraising isn't required to participate, it is highly encouraged and appreciated as 100% of funds go directly to doctors and researchers who, with your help, are changing the course of cancer research for children and adults.

Can I designate my fundraising towards a specific type of cancer?

Yes! During the registration process, you can choose to designate your funds towards a specific cancer type, or you can leave it as "Area of Greatest Need," and the funds will be dispersed accordingly.
NOTE: If you join a team that already has a designation in place, your funds raised will go towards that designation.

Does my registration fee count towards my goal to earn fundraising incentives?

No, it is not counted in your fundraising total.

I’ve heard there is a training program. Who can join? Is there a fundraising minimum? 

You heard right! As part of our fundraising incentives, Huntsman Cancer Foundation offers training programs for both cycling and running. The fundraising minimum level to participate is $250.

Our running training program starts in March and includes weekly coaching emails with group training routes, gear tips, nutrition, and more! 

Our cycling training program starts in April (weather permitting) and includes group rides every Saturday and weekly coaching emails with training, nutrition, and other tips through event day.

If you didn’t select to be part of the training program during registration and would like to receive the training emails, please email [email protected].

How do I start fundraising? Are there fundraising incentives?

As always, the best incentive for fundraising is getting closer to eradicating cancer. However, we have a few fun things up our sleeves as a THANK YOU for fundraising! Check out the 2024 fundraising incentive levels. 

A personal fundraising page is created when you sign up to participate in Huntsman SportsFest. This page is a great tool to ask for and track donations, and monitor progress towards your goal. Visit our Fundraising Toolkit for tips and ideas that have helped other fundraisers reach their goals.

Are gifts made through my fundraising page tax-deductible?

Yes. Huntsman Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.  All gifts made through your Huntsman SportsFest individual or team fundraising page or sent directly to Huntsman Cancer Foundation on your behalf are tax-deductible and donors will receive an emailed or mailed receipt at the time of their gift. 

Gifts made through a third-party donation platform (example: Facebook's fundraising platform versus sharing your direct Huntsman SportsFest online fundraising page) are unable to be receipted by Huntsman Cancer Foundation. 

Can donations be mailed to Huntsman Cancer Foundation and still be credited to my fundraising page?

Yes! Checks can be mailed to our office where our events team will put them on your online fundraising page. Checks should be written to Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Please include your name, as well as the event written in the memo line or on an included note to help us know who it is for!

Please mail checks to:
Huntsman Cancer Foundation
C/O Huntsman SportsFest
500 Huntsman Way
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108