Frequently Asked Questons
Where does the money I raise for the race go?
The money you raise benefits The Salvation Army’s mission, programs and services in the Buffalo, NY area.
How do I register for the race?
You can click on any of the registration buttons, which will lead you to an online registration process. An e-mail confirmation of your registration will be sent to you as well as to The Salvation Army. From there, you will receive any important information and updates regarding the race by e-mail.
What is the entry fee for the race?
Your team must commit at least $250 in funds in order to participate. Each of you must register at $25 each, friendraise the rest.
How does the fundraising process work?
Once you complete the registration process, you will see prompts to create an individual and/or team page. You can upload photos and edit text to personalize your page(s). Then you can send e-mail to your friends, family and coworkers directing them to your personal page and asking them for donations to help you reach your $250 minimum goal to participate in the race.
Will my donors receive a tax-deducible receipt for their donation?
Yes. Any donation made online to The Salvation Army will receive an electronic tax receipt directly in their e-mail. This is immediate. All check and cash donations will also receive a tax receipt within a few days of receipt at our office in Buffalo, NY.
How many teams will qualify for the race?
Only the first 50 teams to sign up, and reach the $250 fundraising goal, will be allowed to participate in Buffalo’s MOST Amazing Race, presented by the Buffalo Bills. As the race progresses, teams may be eliminated based on their timing of completed challenges. Everyone who participates earns a spot on the list of MOST Amazing People and will participate in the post-event party.
Where should I park the day of the race?
There is on-street parking and a vacant lot adjacent to River Fest Park on Ohio Street. Parking for family and friends is available on area streets surrounding the Park. Please carpool!
What should I wear?
Dress comfortably and wear tennis shoes. Prepare to be outdoors and be active. You may get wet. We encourage teammates to dress alike, or in costumes, but it’s not required. We do think it’s awesome when you let your inner fashion designer loose.
Do I need to physically train for the event?
You don’t have to be a marathon runner, but you should be able to run at least a mile or do 30 minutes of cardio.
Can my friends and family cheer me on?
Round up your gang and invite them to come along. Team signs and chants are encouraged! Unfortunately, due to the race route being top-secret, they will not be able to watch you throughout the race. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs/blankets to the finish line festivities and post-party. Free food and beverage is only for wrist-band carrying members, but can be purchased by others. Each team gets 10 wrist bands to hand out to their supporters, friends and family. (these will be mailed to you upon completion of your $250 raised)
Will the events be covered by media?
All activities will be subject to video tape, photography and possible media coverage. The images may be displayed on our website and social media or used in future race promotions, so bring your winning smile!
Do I need to bring anything to the race?
Each team is required to have a “smart” phone – you will need one to complete challenges and navigate between locations. Race organizers will have team phone numbers in case we need to contact you while on the race course.
How will we get around town during the race?
A Buffalo NFTA pass will be provided for each racer. You will have free access to buses and the light rail all day by using the pass. Teams may only be on foot or use MetroTransit -no other form of transportation is allowed unless specified in a clue.
How will the rules of the race be enforced?
Race marshals will be located along the entire race course to monitor racers. Teams violating the rules will be disqualified from the race immediately. Remember, cheaters never win and winners never cheat!
What is provided for the teams?
Each team member will receive a Buffalo’s Most Amazing Race, presented by The Buffalo Bills t-shirt and a bag with free goodies from race sponsors. Snacks and water will be provided for teams throughout the day. Beverage and food trucks will be present during the finish line festivities for each racer and guests with wrist bands; so bring your appetite!
Why should I raise more than the required $250?
Aside from the goodwill and impact your added donations will have to support The Salvation Army, your team will receive several advantages within the race, such as incentives. Racers who meet established fundraising levels will qualify for special perks. All teams that raise $500 to $999 will get a get a one-minute head start at the race. Teams who raise $1,000 to $1499 will get a two-minute head start at the qualifying race. PLUS, there are cool prizes for the top fundraising teams!
How many teams will be accepted for the race?
Only the first 50 teams to sign up, and reach the $250 fundraising goal by the deadline, will be allowed to participate in the race.
How many challenges will be a part of the race?
We estimate about 8-12 challenges. Roughly 5 hours of play.
How much time will it take to complete this year’s race?
That depends on your team’s ability to successfully complete challenges! Typically, we estimate 5 – 7 hours including a concluding ceremony and party.
Will there be any team eliminations as in the TV show?
Yes. There may be timed eliminations throughout the race, which means if your team has not reached a certain challenge location or completed a certain task by the time indicated on your clue, your team will be eliminated. This is due to certain constraints we may have while using public or private space (i.e., restaurants, retail locations).
Is this race a physical or mental test of ability?
Both! This event incorporates physical skill elements, such as running, kayaking, rock climbing, combined with creative and/or mental skills, such as singing, dancing, puzzle solving, fact finding or eating strange foods. In addition, we will incorporate features of The Salvation Army, which will educate you on what we do in the community.
What happens if it rains on race day?
You get wet! The race will take place rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, racer safety is a top concern for The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army will do all we can to make the experience as safe as possible. But if there is severe weather, the race may be delayed as race officials consult public safety officers. If there is more than a reasonable delay, or if conditions persist, race officials reserve the right to shorten or cancel the race. Entry fees are non-refundable. Please check this website, our Facebook page or your email before the race for any changes or cancellations. Once the race starts, race staff at each location will keep you updated about any weather-related changes that may come up.