RULES + ETHICS

 
THE BASICS

You must start and complete your challenge between 12:01 a.m. in your local time zone on Friday, May 28, and 11:50 p.m. in your time zone on Monday, May 31.

To compete in the overall leaderboard, you must be part of the Join The Rusch! Strava club, be signed up to your specific Giddy Up Challenge on Strava, and upload your results to Giddy Up Everesting.cc by 11:50 p.m. in your time zone on Monday, May 31.

For answers to common questions, see the FAQ page.

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CATEGORIES & AWARDS

The Giddy Up Challenge categories are based on activity (bike or run), location (indoor or outdoor), and elevation goal. The elevation goals are as follows: 

  • The Queen's Everest: 29,032 feet (8,848 meters)
  • Three Quarter Everest: 21,774 feet (6,636 meters)

  • Half Everest:  14,516 feet (4,424 meters)

  • Quarter Everest: 7,258 feet (2,212 meters)

  • Choose Your Own Elevation (You pick your challenge!)

 

Awards will be given for each category for:

  • Top female/male​

  • Top three fundraisers 

  • Random awards just for fun!

 

To be eligible for race awards, participants must have a Strava account (free or premium) and a GPS Tracking device (cycling or running computer, fitness watch, smartphone, or any device that allows you to record and upload to Strava), join the appropriate Strava club, and upload their ride or run by ​11:59 p.m. MDT on Monday, May 31.  FINAL/OFFICIAL results 6/1 @6 PM MST

 

Any participants who do not wish to join the Strava club can still participate and be eligible for fundraising and other random awards, plus virtual high fives!

 

Award winners will be notified by the email address they used when registering.

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CLIMB ROUTE RULES

You must pick a SINGLE activity (ride OR run).

Your challenge must be completed in one attempt; no sleeping! Stopping for meals and breaks is fine, but remember that these will increase your overall time, and those breaks can add up quickly.

You must use a SINGLE ROUTE.

  • Choose one climbing road or trail for this challenge and repeat it as many times as necessary to hit your elevation target. You cannot ride/run different routes on the same hill. Your chosen climb can be of any length.

  • You must repeat the full route each time, until your final lap. Your total climb cannot be a combination of full and half laps. However, if your final lap only requires a portion of the climb to meet your elevation goal, the final lap does not need to be a full lap. We recommend taking time to calculate ahead of time the number of laps you need to complete.

    • Example: You’re planning the Full Everest (29,029 feet), and your chosen route is a 1,100-foot climb. That means you need to complete 26.39 laps (29,029 divided by 1,100). The first 26 laps must be complete, but on the last lap, you’ll only need to complete 0.39 of the climb, or 429 feet.

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BIKING RULES

​Your ride cannot be a loop. You must descend down the same road or trail unless you are prevented from doing so (i.e., on a one-way street or one-way trail).

 

You must ride up and down each time (i.e.. you can’t get driven down).

 

Your tracking device must be recording the whole time.

 

Acceptable bikes: Road, MTB, CX, Track, Gravel, BMX, ElliptiGO, Recumbent, Tandem.

 

Unacceptable bikes: Electric

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RUNNING RULES

​Runners have the option to be transported down (by car, bus, shuttle, bike, gondola, etc.) to the base of their climb at the end of each lap. Just keep in mind that the run leaderboards will be split into Assisted Descent and Unassisted Descent subcategories. 

In the case of an assisted descent, runners can use an alternative route down to the start of their route (i.e., if the segment is a running trail, the assisted descent can be via a car down a nearby road).

Runners can pause their devices if being transported down to the bottom of each lap.

Final time will be based on total elapsed time, regardless of whether you paused your device.

  • For example, if you start your run challenge at 11:00 a.m. and finish at 11:00 p.m., your total elapsed time for the challenge is 12 hours. If you pause your watch or Strava while you’re taking a break for a snack OR while you descend (you are allowed to do both), the total elapsed time remains the same.

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TRACKING DEVICES AND LEADERBOARD

Make sure you join the Join the Rusch! Strava club and the Strava challenge for your specific goal. 

 

Record your race on a cycling or running computer, fitness watch, smartphone, or any device that allows you to record and upload it to Strava. 

 

We recommend that you pre-calculate the number of repetitions it will take to complete the necessary elevation.

  • ​For example, take 29,029 feet and divide that by your elevation gain to calculate reps. If your hill is a 1,100-foot climb, you’ll need to repeat that hill 26.39 times (29,029 ft. ÷ 1,100 ft = 26.39 repetitions)

New to Strava? Take a look through the “​Getting Started”​ article on Strava’s support site.

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S.H.A.R.K. Ethics

Above all, Be Good and be a SHARK​.

  • ​​S – Safe. Abide by the rules of the road. Share the road. Keep your speed in check. Your safety is YOUR responsibility and MY priority.

  • ​H – Honest. Handle grievances directly and respectfully with the participants and event organizers involved. Do not assume malice, and be generous with the benefit of the doubt.

  • A – Accountable. Offer assistance if you come across another participant with a medical emergency. 

  • ​R – Responsible. Headphones are discouraged. If you must use them, keep the left earpiece out. Be prepared; the course is remote. Carry ample food, water, and maintenance supplies.

  • ​K – Kind. Respect all riders, runners, race staff, volunteers, and public. Ride and run as friends, race as individuals.

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Refunds, Transfers, Etc.

Because the Giddy Up Challenge is first and foremost a charity fundraiser for the Be Good™ Foundation, we do not offer refunds or transfers. Thank you for understanding and for supporting the goals of the Be Good™ Foundation. 

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