Frequently Asked Questions

For what to expect about this event and COVID-19 precautions, please click here to download the Over the Edge what to expect guide. 

Who can go Over the Edge for Duke Children's

Edgers must be at least 18 years old and weigh between 100 and 300 lbs. No experience necessary!

Once you’ve met your fundraising goal of $1,000 or more, we’ll contact you to schedule your rappel time for Saturday, October 16, 2021.

What if I don't raise $1,000 before the event?

In order to participate you must raise at least $1,000 or pay the difference by Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time. If the $1,000 minimum is not met, the funds are considered a direct donation to Duke Children’s with no refunds being provided.
Edgers who have met the $1,000 fundraising minimum will be contacted upon meeting that goal to schedule their climbing time. 

Is Over the Edge safe?

Yes, absolutely! Over the Edge has never had a single incident or accident since their inception in 2003. Every event is set up as an industrial worksite and is compliant with all federal and state OSHA Fall Protection Standards and OSHA Federal and State laws. Their policies and procedures adhere to the best practices identified by IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) counsel — a strict regulatory body that has regimented guidelines and safety protocols that far exceed the OSHA, Workers Compensation, and state labor codes.

What precautions will be taken to protect participants from COVID-19?

Duke Children’s strongly encourages all event registrants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to event participation. Masking guidelines and other COVID-19 precautions will be announced closer to the Over the Edge date and will follow Duke University and City of Durham guidelines. Public health conditions and guidance can change on short notice, and we will keep you updated on Duke’s policies, which are listed on the university’s Coronavirus Response webpage.

Will I be trained?

Certified team members train you on the equipment, ensure the gear fits properly, and attach you to the rope. You’re always in radio communication with a rope technician and as you approach the bottom, a team member will help with your landing.

How long will it take to complete the rappel?

Depending on your desired speed, rappelling takes 15-20 minutes to reach the ground. You’ll be in constant radio contact with Over the Edge rope technicians during your rappel. We encourage you to go slowly and take in the whole experience. 

What do I need to do to participate?

Register! Duke Children's is partnering with the TeamRaiser platform to support your fundraising efforts! Head to the registration page and follow the steps on the form. If you are new to TeamRaiser, you'll need to create a new login. Make sure you pay your registration fee (it is counted toward your total) and don't be afraid to set your fundraising goal above the $1,000 minimum. We are excited to help and support you in your fundraising goals! If you have any questions, please contact us at dukekids@duke.edu.  

How can I become a sponsor?

Over the Edge for Duke Children's is a Triangle community event, and corporate sponsorships are available! This event is going to be an energetic, high-profile fundraiser – not your typical gala or golf tournament! Check our sponsorship opportunities page for more information, or contact Amelia Howle at Amelia.Howle@duke.edu.


 

Please note:

All participants must be 18 years of age or older. All minors participating in the cheering zone must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

In order to participate you must raise at least $1,000 or pay the difference by Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time. If the $1,000 minimum is not met, the funds are considered a direct donation to Duke Children’s with no refunds being provided.

Edgers who have met the $1,000 fundraising minimum will be contacted upon meeting that goal to schedule their climbing time.