Dempsey Challenge FAQs

General Information

What is The Dempsey Challenge?

The Dempsey Challenge presented by Amgen is a fundraising experience for the Dempsey Center in Lewiston and South Portland, Maine. Comprised of various cycling distances (10, 25, 50, 65 and 100 miles), and a 5K (3.1 mile) and 10K (6.2 mile) run/walk, participants 18 and over are required to raise $150 (and encouraged to raise even more!) as they prepare for The Dempsey Challenge. The Dempsey Center provides free quality of life care to anyone impacted by cancer. More information on Patrick’s personal story and commitment, as well as services provided by the Dempsey Center, can be found at dempseycenter.org


When and where is The Dempsey Challenge?

The Dempsey Challenge presented by Amgen is Saturday, September 28 (5K and 10K run/walk) and Sunday, September 29 (cycling events), 2018 at Simard-Payne Memorial Park (shows on Google Maps as Rail Road park) in Lewiston, Maine. Many more activities are scheduled throughout the weekend on site and throughout the Lewiston-Auburn area. Please refer to the Schedule of Events under the Challenge Information page.


What is the weekend schedule of events for The Dempsey Challenge?

Please click here for an up-to-date schedule of events.


Will Patrick Dempsey participate in The Dempsey Challenge?

Yes. Patrick is proud to support and participate in The Dempsey Challenge and is scheduled to attend the event. Please note that Patrick Dempsey’s participation is not 100-percent guaranteed should his Hollywood production schedule change.


How can I participate in The Dempsey Challenge?

Cycle ($75 entry fee and $150 minimum fundraising requirement for those 18 and over) – Participate in one of five cycling tours (10, 25, 50, 65 and 100 miles).

Run/Walk ($35 entry fee and $150 minimum fundraising requirement for those 18 and over) – Run or walk the 5K or 10K (3.1 or 6.2 mile) course covering areas of Lewiston-Auburn.

Challenge yourself and participate in BOTH cycle and run/walk events (discounted combination entry fee of $100 and $150 minimum fundraising requirement) – Run or walk the 5K or 10K (3.1 or 6.2 mile) course covering areas of Lewiston-Auburn on Saturday and return on Sunday to participate in one of five cycling tours (10, 25, 50, 65 and 100 miles).

Virtual Rider/Runner/Walker (no entry fee) – If you can’t join us physically in Maine (or even if you can!), raise funds as an individual or join a team and fundraise (virtually) alongside other cyclists, runners and walkers. Virtual Riders do not participate in a cycling event or run/walk event, but are welcome to raise funds as an individual or team member. Raise a minimum of $150 and receive a goodie bag at Packet Pick-Up which includes an event T-shirt, water bottle, exclusive Specialized reusable bag and other goodies! Virtual Riders are also entitled to all other fundraising incentives.

Volunteer Please click here to view the many opportunities to donate your valuable time to benefit a great cause. You will see a list of volunteer position descriptions as well as a web-based volunteer registration. Please be careful not to sign up for overlapping shifts.


Will the Dempsey Challenge take place rain or shine?

Yes! The Dempsey Challenge will take place rain or shine. In the case of severe weather conditions, it may be necessary to modify events and activities. If there is a need to communicate changes, we will announce them on the homepage of our website and via email to all participants and volunteers.


Can I bring my pet?

While we would love to have your furry friend join in the festivities, due to a City of Lewiston ordinance, pets are NOT allowed. Sorry!


Participants

What’s Packet Pick Up?

Think of Packet Pick Up as your official check-in for The Dempsey Challenge. PPU is under the registration tent at Simard-Payne Park where you’ll get your goodie bag containing your bib (for the run/walk and/or ride), official t-shirt, water bottle and other fun goodies. The $150 fundraising minimum must be met in order to pick up your packet. Funds can be turned in at the time of Packet Pick Up but turning in donations ahead of this day is strongly encouraged to lessen your potential wait time.

In this area you will also find the fundraising incentives table (where you’ll go if you’ve met incentive levels), as well route maps, registration for next year’s event, and the Community & Event Info table for general inquiries.

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Will there be food available to RUNNERS and WALKERS following the run/walk events?

Yes. All runners and walkers will have access (via your bib ticket) to the Hannaford 5&10K Café following the event on Saturday. The Hannaford 5&10K Café will feature a menu of vegetarian and cheese omelets made to order, muffins or scones, and vegetarian chili cooked up by The Green Ladle and friends! All this plus fruit, pizza and beverages! Run/Walk participants who are 21 and older can also get a free beer (via your bib ticket)! There will also be concessions available to family members, friends and spectators within the Festival in the Park.

On Sunday, the Lobster Trap will be open (see meal description in the next question) and all runners/walkers may tickets for the Lobster Trap at the discounted rate of $15 at the time of registration. Participants that did not purchase a ticket at the time of registration may still purchase a ticket for the Sunday lobster bake by emailing [email protected] before September 15.

Tickets for Sunday’s Lobster Trap will be sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis for $20.


Will there be food available to CYCLISTS following the cycling events?

Yes. All participating cyclists will have access to The Lobster Trap (ticket attached to cycling bibs) following the rides on Sunday. Main entrées will include a soft-shell lobster, veggie burger or chicken. Sides will include a baked potato, bread and corn on the cob. Beverages will also be available – including, for those 21 and older, a beer! You may purchase additional Lobster Trap tickets at the time of registration. There will also be concessions available to family members, friends and spectators within the Festival in the Park.

Participants that did not purchase a ticket at the time of registration may still purchase a ticket for the Sunday lobster bake by emailing [email protected] before September 15.

Tickets for Sunday’s Lobster Trap will be sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis for $20.


Is event participation capped?

Not at this time.


Can I change the distance that I signed up for?

It is very important that you sign up for the distance that you will be most comfortable completing at the time of the event. This allows us to plan the route accordingly and ensure a fun and safe event for all participants. It is possible that we may need to close registration for a particular cycling distance. If you need to check or change your cycling distance prior to the event, please e-mail [email protected] You do not need to notify us of your change in run/walk distances.

**On event day, the 5K will be sent off at 8am with 5K RUNNERS closer to the start line, followed by 5k WALKERS. Starting at 8:20, the 10K will be sent off, RUNNERS in the front followed by 10K WALKERS. Those with strollers, walkers or wheelchairs should stage at the back of the line. We ask that you abide by this for the safety of all of our participants.**


I want to run AND ride on The Dempsey Challenge weekend. Is that possible?

Yes! You can participate in a run/walk event on Saturday and a cycling route on Sunday. Select the multi-event option when you register ($100 entry fee and $150 minimum fundraising requirement for those 18 and over).


What isn’t allowed on the Run/Walk course?

For safety purposes, roller-blades, skateboards, bicycles and pets will not be allowed on the run/walk course. Baby strollers, service animals and wheelchairs are allowed.


What isn’t allowed on the Cycling routes?

For safety purposes, we cannot allow buggies, sidecars or child seats on the cycling routes. Tandems and trail-a-bikes are allowed. E-bikes WILL be allowed.


What happens if I register for The Dempsey Challenge, but am unable to participate?

If you’re unable to participate, your support will still be appreciated! Registration fees and donations are non-refundable and non-transferable. Qualified and applicable incentive items will be mailed post-event if you make arrangements ahead of time. Simply send us an email: [email protected].


Will there be any support on the cycling routes?

Yes. We will have support vehicles roaming the routes and rest stops will be positioned approximately every 10 miles. There will be food and beverage, a bike mechanic and medical assistance at every rest stop. The most important element to your enjoyment of the Dempsey Challenge is your preparation. Be sure to train properly!


Do I have to wear a helmet?

Yes, wearing a helmet is mandatory.


Do we follow rules of the road while we are cycling?

Yes! ALL ROADS on the cycling route will be OPEN TO VEHICLE TRAFFIC. Please STAY RIGHT. While official support vehicles will be along for the ride and working at intersections, the roads are not closed, and there will be occasional non-event vehicles traveling with and against you. All traffic signs and operations must be followed. This includes NEVER passing on the right-hand side of a fellow cyclist. There will be either police or volunteer course marshals stationed at major intersections, but it is still important to be cautious as our volunteers have no legal authority to halt traffic.


What are the cycling routes?

Please click here to view all route maps. The towns covered by the 100-mile route are Lewiston, Auburn, Pownal, Durham, Brunswick, Harpswell and Freeport.


Will official results be posted following the event?

No. The Dempsey Challenge is a non-competitive fundraising event and the primary goal is to raise funds for the Dempsey Center and spread hope for those impacted by cancer. For the most accurate personal results, it is recommended that you bring your own stopwatch.


Youth

Is there an age minimum to participate in The Dempsey Challenge?

As a participant – No. We welcome participants of all ages! We recommend only experienced cyclists who are at least 16 years old register for the 50-, 65- and 100-mile distance options. Please see the next two questions for information about age specifics for participation in the run/walk versus the ride.

Those under the age of 18 must be registered by a parent or guardian, who will sign the electronic waiver during registration. Children ages 12 and under must also be accompanied by a participating adult, in addition to submitting the signed waiver.

As a volunteer – Yes. Volunteers must be 12 and over to register. Many volunteer positions are not appropriate for anyone under the age of 16. If you have any questions regarding volunteering, please visit the Volunteer tab on our homepage.


My kids and I want to Run/Walk in the Dempsey Challenge, is this possible? Can I bring my child in a stroller or carry him/her on my back?

Yes! The Dempsey Challenge is a family event. Those under the age of 18 must be registered by a parent or guardian, who will sign the electronic waiver during registration. Children ages 12 and under must also be accompanied by a participating adult, in addition to submitting the signed waiver.

All runners/walkers ages 23 and under will be required to register and pay the discounted Positive Tracks $20 entry fee. The minimum fundraising level is NOT a requirement for participants under 18 years of age, but, in the case they are able to raise $150 or more (great job!) they will receive an event t-shirt and goodie bag. Participants 18-and-older must register and achieve the $150 fundraising minimum requirement by the time of Packet Pick-Up in order to participate.

Baby strollers and baby carriers will be allowed on the 5K and 10K run/walk courses, but for safety reasons no roller blades, bicycles or skateboards will be allowed.


My kids and I want to CYCLE in The Dempsey Challenge. Is this possible?

Absolutely! The Dempsey Challenge weekend is an opportunity for families to come out and unite in the fight against cancer. Although there is no age minimum, we want to be clear that certain Challenge ride routes will be physically demanding. Please carefully take into consideration your child’s abilities when registering them. All child participants must be able to pedal a bike, either their own, or riding tandem with their parent/guardian. Trail-A-Bikes and tandems are allowed. For safety reasons, we cannot allow buggies, sidecars or child seats on the cycle routes. We recommend only experienced cyclists who are at least 16 years old register for the 50-, 65- and 100-mile distance options.

Those under the age of 18 must be registered by a parent or guardian, who will sign the electronic waiver during registration. Children ages 12 and under must also be accompanied by a participating adult, in addition to submitting the signed waiver.

All cyclists ages 23 or under will be required to register and pay the discounted registration fee. The minimum fundraising level is NOT a requirement for participants under 18 years of age, but, in the case they are able to raise $150 or more (great job!) they will receive an event t-shirt and goody bag. Participants 18 and older must register and achieve the $150 fundraising minimum requirement by the time of Packet Pick-Up in order to participate.


Teams

How do I register or join a team?

Teams must register via the website under the Register tab then select Start a Team (for team captains) or Join a Team (for team members). From there, choose the name of the team you want to join and click search. It’s that simple!


How do I start a team when I’m already registered as an individual?

If you have already registered as an individual and would like to start a team, please contact us at [email protected] and we will assist you.


Can I join a team or change a team if I’m already registered as an individual?

Absolutely! Simply login to your personal headquarters. and on the right hand side click “CHANGE TEAM MEMBERSHIP.” Search for a team to join using any or all search fields. Click the “JOIN TEAM” button next to corresponding team and select “CONFIRM TEAM MEMBERSHIP.”


Matching Gifts

How do I know if my company has a matching gift program?

Check in with your Human Resources department for your company contact regarding matching gifts. Check your Company policies to see whether the donation has to come from the employee personally in order to be matched (Independent Fundraising Events, donations made to you, and registration fees may not get matched).


How do I submit a matching gift?

Each company’s matching gift program is different. You will need to obtain a matching gift form (which may be in paper or electronic) from your employer, complete it, and send to the Dempsey Centers for Quality Cancer Care for processing:

Dempsey Center Development Office
Attn: Matching Gift Information
PO Box 277
Auburn, ME 04212

E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (207) 795-8250

Please note: When filling out your company’s matching gift form, the 501(c)3 company/pay-to name must be entered as “Dempsey Centers.” Please indicate The Dempsey Challenge as the specific fund or program name on the form, so the matching funds from your employer will be appropriately allocated to the Challenge.


Does my employer’s matching gift count toward my personal fundraising total and incentive levels?

Yes! Once this paperwork is received and processed by the Dempsey Center Development Office, we will add the total amount of the matching gift to your personal fundraising record just prior to the event date. As such, these matching funds will contribute to incentive levels, as well as help meet the $150 fundraising minimum for participants. Please note that until the actual dollars are received, the amount will not appear on your team totals or personal web page honor roll and raised totals.

To confirm that we have record of your incoming matching gift to be added to your fundraising total please contact the Dempsey Center Development Office staff at 207-795-8250 or [email protected]. You will receive an email notification once the actual matching gift has been posted. Please note that it can take several months for the matching gift to be mailed from your company.


How does my company get acknowledged for their matching gift?

The Dempsey Center Development Office will submit a thank you and an acknowledgement for IRS purposes to your company as listed on the matching gift form once payment has been received.

Please note: Registration fees for employees do not count as matching gifts.


I am not participating in the event but still wish to donate. Can I use my company’s matching gift program?

Of course – anyone can use their company’s matching fund program and you do not need to be a participant to submit a matching gift to The Dempsey Challenge. We encourage you to ask your donors to apply for matching gifts with their employers.


When I registered or made a donation to the Dempsey Challenge, I filled out a box that said my company might match my donation. Am I done?

No! You still need to contact your company and fill out and submit all necessary paperwork. It is not an automated process and our system does not notify your company of your gift.


I am volunteering for the Dempsey Challenge. Can I receive a matching gift for the time I am donating?

Yes, if your company has such a program. Check with your Human Resources department to find out if your company offers a program that matches employee volunteer hours with a donation.


I would like to use my company’s Payroll Deduction to donate to the Dempsey Challenge. How do I do this?

Please check with your company to be sure the Dempsey Challenge/Dempsey Center is an available option for payroll deduction. You should also notify the Dempsey Center Development Office at (207) 795-8250 or [email protected] when you have made your payroll deduction election.


I will be using a company match to meet my $150 fundraising minimum. Do I need to bring anything with me to Packet Pick Up?

You should bring a confirmation indicating your application was submitted to your company when you pick up your packet. This will ensure you are able to pick up your packet regardless of where your company is in its process (sometimes it can takes weeks or months before the company notifies us about a matching gift!).


I know my gift will be matched. Can I fill out the paper work and submit to my company before the donation is made?

Please wait until the donation that will be matched has been mailed in (check) or made online before submitting any matching gift paperwork. We will be asked to confirm the gift and can’t do so if it hasn’t been made yet! This will expedite the process.


What if my question about matching gifts wasn’t answered here?

For more specific information or if you have any questions, please contact the Dempsey Development Office at 207-795-8250 or [email protected].