Frequently Asked Questions

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Padres Pedal the Cause is a peer-to-peer fundraising event in which all participants agree to fundraise by asking for donations from their friends and family. During registration, each individual commits to a fundraising minimum associated with the course or activity selected. After registration is complete, you will receive a profile that you can customize with a personal story and a photo to tell people why you ride and encourage them to donate to you. We have created resources and tips to help you reach your fundraising minimum.

Yes. You will have until December 1, 2019 to hit your minimum fundraising commitment. If the minimum is not met, the credit card you entered during registration will be charged the difference.

You don't have to be a cyclist to raise funds for a world without cancer! We have options for everyone to participate in their own way; in addition to being a rider, you can be a:
• Spinner (Pedal at the Park)
• Runner / Walker
• Volunteer
• Virtual Rider
• Kids Challenge Rider

How to Participate

November 16, 2019 at Petco Park!

You must be at least 13 years of age by November 16, 2019 to ride or volunteer in Padres Pedal the Cause. If you are between the ages of 3-12, you can participate in the 5K or the Kids Challenge!

The registration fee is $125 for cycling and $75 for the 5K and Pedal at the Park classes. The registration fee does not count toward your fundraising, as it helps cover the cost of putting on the event, including items like your jersey or technical t-shirt and refueling station support on the course.

Online registration will close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 15, 2019. However, you may register in person on the morning of the event! The deadline to commit to fundraising incentive levels is September 1.

Virtual Riders are individuals who want to help create a world without cancer by participating in Padres Pedal the Cause, but are unable (or not interested) in riding. As a Virtual Rider, you can create a profile page and be rewarded with great prizes and fundraising incentives for reaching distinguished fundraising levels. Virtual Riders have no fundraising commitment (unless they choose to).

Virtual Riders can register and join a team for a $50 donation to cancer.

Stationary cycling is also called spinning. The term “spinning” is a trademarked brand of stationary bike classes. We have created a special studio on the field at Petco Park for high-energy 50-minute stationary bike classes, with bikes provided by LA Fitness and led by San Diego's most popular spin instructors!

Pursuant to the fundraising agreement, you may withdraw from riding in Padres Pedal the Cause on or before September 1, 2019. To withdraw, you must contact the Padres Pedal the Cause office. All registration fees are nonrefundable. No exceptions.

Remember, all participants have until December 1, 2019 to reach their minimum fundraising commitment. If you have questions, please contact us admin@gopedal.org or 619.510.4955.

You have until December 1, 2019 to reach your fundraising commitment. After this date, if you haven’t hit your minimum requirement, the credit card you entered during registration will be charged the difference in what you have raised and the minimum you committed to.

We encourage you to register for a course that you are physically comfortable riding. Please note, the longer courses will likely require training for someone who is not an avid cyclist.

Please visit our Courses section to help you choose which course is best for you. If you have any further question please contact us at admin@gopedal.org or 619.510.4955.

Depending on your level of cycling experience and overall fitness level, some training may be necessary to complete the distance you wish to ride. Please visit our
Training Plans page to find information on Padres Pedal hosted training ride dates and personalized training plans for each distance.

There will be a rest stop approximately every 10-12 miles for water, food, mechanical assistance and medical attention. Support vehicles will also patrol the course to provide assistance, if necessary. Visit our Courses page to learn more about course support.

No, riders are required to abide by the rules of the road for this ride. Please visit the Courses page for a complete description of the rules of the road under the Rider Safety tab at the bottom.

Yes, you can ride with a tandem bike. Each rider must pay a registration fee dependent on their status (regular or young rider) and each rider will be responsible for their own fundraising commitment.

No. Under no circumstances may you ride with an infant or child attached to your bicycle. Children may be pushed in a stroller in the 5K, or can register to walk or run the 5K or ride a safely-enclosed course just for cancer fighters, ages 3-12, in the Kids Challenge!

The early bird special allows cyclists to register with a discounted fundraising minimum requirement.

Yes! With proof of a current and valid student or active military ID, the fundraising minimums for any event are reduced by half. Spouses of active duty military are also eligible for this discount. There is an option to select this during registration.

All funding benefits collaborative research among four local San Diego beneficiaries: Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, and Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego. Visit our Impact page to learn more about our beneficiaries.

Welcome to Padres Pedal, and thank you for joining the fight to end cancer! Registration is expected to open in mid-April. To register for this year's event, click the "Register" button at the top of the screen. Follow the prompts through the registration process to sign up for Padres Pedal 2019 and to access your participant profile.

If you participated in last year's event, we have your 2018 information on file in our database. To register for this year's event, click the "Register" button at the top of the screen. The first thing it will ask is if you are a returning participant. Click "Yes, I am a returning participant" and enter in your login username and password. Then, you will have a chance to edit your information and complete your registration for this year's ride. If you have forgotten your login information, contact us at admin@gopedal.org and we will retrieve it for you.

To create and edit your profile after you've registered, click "Login" at the top right corner of the website and enter the username and password you used when you registered. Logging in will take you to the private view of your profile where you can edit your story, personal details, image, etc.

Your picture cannot be larger than 1MB and must be in a JPG, JPEG or GIF format. If your image is too large, please resize it using an image editing program or an online editor. Please don’t make it too small, because it may end up blurry when our system processes it.

If this doesn't work, contact us at admin@gopedal.org for additional assistance.

You can change this information by logging into your profile page and clicking the "Edit my Details" link in the blue submenu below your name and image. Make sure to hit "Save" after making any changes.

If you have forgotten your login information, contact us at admin@gopedal.org and we will retrieve it for you.

You can select to join a team during the registration process. If you have already registered and wish to join a team, log into your profile and click the "Join a Team" link in the left submenu, then select the team you wish to join from the list. The team captain will receive a notification email when you join the team.

Yes, you can change which course distance you want to ride by contacting admin@gopedal.org. You will be asked to agree to a new fundraising minimum if a different amount corresponds to your new course selection. After the September 1, 2019 deadline, you will not be able to reduce your fundraising minimum even if you reduce your course distance.

The fundraising incentives are meant to inspire individuals to go above and beyond their fundraising minimums to raise as much money for cancer research as possible. There are four distinct incentive levels and rewards to aim for starting at $2,500. Check out our Fundraising Incentives for more information.

Credit card donations are processed immediately and posted on your profile page at the time of the donation. A check donation can only be added to the amount that you've raised after the check has been processed by the Padres Pedal the Cause office. 

To see which check donations have not yet been received by the Padres Pedal the Cause office, log in to your profile page to view your donor list. Check donations that have been pledged and have not yet been received will not have a green checkmark next to the dollar amount.

There will be a rest stop approximately every 10-12 miles for water, food, and mechanical and/or medical attention. Support vehicles will also patrol the course to provide assistance, if necessary. Visit our Courses page to learn more about course support.

Course are extremely well-marked. Before your start, you will receive a safety briefing giving you instructions and telling you which signs to look for. Padres Pedal the Cause volunteer Course Marshals are also stationed around each course at key turns to ensure rider safety. In the rare event you get off course, call the SAG number located on your bike tag for assistance.

Yes, riders are required to abide by the rules of the road for this ride. Please visit the Rider Safety page for a complete description of the rules of the road.

Stationary cycling is also called spinning. The term “spinning” is a trademarked brand of stationary bike classes. We have created a special studio on the field at Petco Park for high-energy 50-minute stationary bike classes, with bikes provided by LA Fitness and led by San Diego's most popular spin instructors!

Yes! There are a variety of hotel options in the area for all that are interested in spending the evening close to the venue. Visit our Plan Your Weekend page for current offers.

Padres Pedal has partnerships with several shops in town that rent bikes; please visit our Pedal Partners page for more details.

Visit the Packet Pick Up page for times and pick up locations.

A Padres Pedal team is a great way for friends, family members, and colleagues to ride, spin, and fundraise to share their experience. In addition to individual participant profile pages, teams automatically get a page as well that lists all team members and displays cumulative raise. Team members can share donations made to their team as a whole. Funds may only be shared with fellow team members.

You can select to join a team during the registration process. If you have already registered, log into your profile and click the "Join a Team" link in the left submenu, then select the team you wish to join from the list. The team captain will receive a notification email when you join the team.

You can create a team during the registration process. If you have already registered, log into your profile and click the "Create a Team" link in the left submenu. You'll be asked for the name of your team and the type of team. If you are creating a team for your company, for example, create a 'Corporate Challenge' team; if you are creating a team for friends and family, create a 'Friends and Family' team.

The team's general funds may be shared among individual members who still require funds to reach their minimum fundraising commitment. This is done at the discretion of the team captain in November/ December, just prior to the close of fundraising.

There is a funds transfer form located on the Team Captain's page. All requests to share funds in either of these scenarios MUST be completed by the team captain at least one week before the fundraising deadline.

Yes, the team captain can change the name of your team by emailing admin@gopedal.org with the current team name and the new team name.

No, participants can be a member of only one team.

Any company/corporate team is designated a Corporate Challenge team. There is no limit to the number of members, and participants adhere to the standard fee and fundraising requirements.

When registering, it will ask if you would like to Join a Team, Start a Team, or Ride as an Individual. Select Start a Team. Enter a name you’d like for the team name and select "Corporate Challenge" as the type of team. If your business participated in previous years, only the captain from last year may reactivate the team to avoid multiple teams with the same name.

A SuperKids team is a team that is participating in our SuperKids program. Participating teams train, fundraise, and ride in honor of a child who is receiving or has received treatment for cancer at Rady Children’s Hospital. Visit our SuperKids page for more information and contact Megan Parker at megan@gopedal.org if you are interested in having your team participate in the SuperKids program.

Padres Pedal accepts credit card, check, and stock donations. You may make a general donation, donate to a specific participant or team, or make a donation to support operations. To make a general or operations donation, click the green Donate button in the top menu. To make a donation to a specific participant or team, use the Find Participant/Team link at the top of the screen.

Please make check donations payable to Pedal the Cause and mail the check and invoice to: 
Pedal the Cause
2445 Fifth Ave, Suite 345
San Diego, CA 92101

You can make as many donations to different participants and/or teams as you'd like at one time by clicking "Add Another Donation" on the participant's or team's donation screen. When you are done selecting the participants / teams you would like to donate to, enter the information in the field for each participant / team, and then click "Check Out." Your credit card will be charged once for the sum of the donations made.

When making a donation, click the "Remain Anonymous" box located on the donation screen. Your donation will be anonymous to the public, but the participant you made a donation to will be able to view your name. We provide this information to the participant so that they may thank their donors. The amount of the donation cannot be hidden only the name of the donor is kept anonymous.

No, you do not need to login to make a donation; simply click on the Find Participant/Team link at the top of the screen You will then be taken to a page to search for the participant or team that you would like to support. Once you have found their profile, click “donate” and follow the instructions.  All donations made online are 100% secure.  We do not store credit card info in our database from donors.

Yes, both credit card and check donations can be made in memory of a loved one. For checks, write “In Memory of ” on the memo line and please provide a name and address of a family member to receive acknowledgement of the donation. For credit card donations, check the “In Memory of” box, and the provide the name and address of a family member to receive acknowledgement of the donation in the space provided below. Email us at admin@gopedal.org with any questions.

Please go online and make a check pledge with the donor’s information. Then mail the check to us at the below address. Make sure that your Participant ID# and/or name are included in the memo line, so that we may appropriately apply the donation to your ride.

Padres Pedal the Cause
2445 Fifth Ave, Suite 345
San Diego, CA 92101

Credit card and check donations are always best for tax acknowledgement purposes. We prefer you deposit any cash received and then donate yourself via check or credit card.

 If you are a donor, you must bring the cash donation to the Padres Pedal the Cause office if you wish to receive a tax acknowledgement receipt. Padres Pedal the Cause cannot issue a tax acknowledgement for cash donation submitted by anyone other than the actual donor. Please do not send cash through the mail.

The corporate matching program is a way for companies and corporations to acknowledge and support the donations made by their employees by providing funding to match a portion of the amount donated. Through corporate matching, corporations can match employee's gifts to Padres Pedal the Cause, making every dollar go further. To get started, check with your human resources office to see if they offer gift matching. If they don't, you may want to ask your company to start one. If your company does offer gift matching, contact your human resources department to understand the steps required to submit a match request.

Please contact us at admin@gopedal.org and we will help you reroute your donation.

It is up to you to make sure your donors send their checks. When logged in, you can view your profile and look at the details for each donation. Donations without a green checkmark next to the dollar amount are donations which Padres Pedal the Cause has not received. If more than a couple of weeks passes and you don't see a change, you may want to follow up with that donor and remind them of the donation they've pledged. Please remember, any unpaid pledges will not count toward your fundraising and you are still responsible for meeting your fundraising minimum.

If a donor never sends the check they pledged to the Padres Pedal the Cause office, it will not be counted towards the amount you've raised. If you need that check donation to meet your minimum fundraising commitment, you must follow up with the donor to make sure they send the check to the Padres Pedal the Cause office by the fundraising deadline. Padres Pedal the Cause does not contact individual donors on your behalf.

If you would like to change the recognition name that appears on the participant's public profile page, please send an email to admin@gopedal.org. Please include the following information: participant name; donor name; date of the donation; and desired recognition name.

All donations are 100% tax deductible!

Yes, Pedal the Cause is a 501(c)(3). If you would like more information about our Tax ID# or non-profit status, please email admin@gopedal.org.

Click here for our Volunteer page to learn more about volunteer opportunities!

There are many ways to get involved in Padres Pedal the Cause - from working in the stadium at Petco Park, to working at a refueling station on the course, to cheering on riders at spirit stations. Check out our Volunteers page to learn more about volunteering.

Absolutely! We invite all of our volunteers to actively help us fundraise for lifesaving cancer research. After you register as a volunteer, login using your username and password and create your page. You can solicit and receive donations through your volunteer profile page and track your fundraising.

Yes, you may volunteer with your group for a specific volunteer job, but keep in mind that all volunteers must register individually first. Additionally, there may be a set number of open shifts available, so it is best to encourage your group to register early to ensure you all can volunteer together.

If you are a corporate volunteer group and would like some guidance on how you can sign up your company to volunteer, please email admin@gopedal.org.

Since its inception in 2013, Padres Pedal the Cause has donated $10,099,349 to translational cancer research and clinical trials. Learn more about the funded projects on our Impact page.

We are proud to say 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to fund cancer research!

Maybe! We fund collaborative research and clinical trials at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, and Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego. Look for the RFP that announces grant rounds and timing, or contact your Padres Pedal liaison at your institution.

Please bring a valid ID with you to pick up your event packet.

Your packet will be available at check-in on the morning of the event. We highly encourage visiting a packet pick up location before the event to speed up your check in process on the morning of Saturday, November 16.

You must have a proxy form filled out and signed by each person you are picking a packet up for. Show the completed form to the packet pick up volunteers and they will gather the listed packets. The form and additional details can be found on the Packet Pickup page.

No, you do not need to check in on event morning if you go to Packet Pickup. Simply affix your bib number to your bike or on your shirt, and wear your wristband to get in to the stadium. You are all set!

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