Frequently Asked Questions
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Registration for the 10-mile course is $100 through May 31. On June 1, the price is $125 through Sept. 7. Day-of registration at the event on Saturday, Sept. 9 is $150. Anyone can also receive a free or reduced registration by signing up to fundraise for the Barber National Institute.
Online registration will close on Thursday, September 7th, 2017 at midnight. Participants can still register by cash or credit card on the morning of the event at Waldameer beginning at 6:00 a.m.
Additional charge of $10 for timing or $15 for elite wave will be added to registration base cost.
The minimum age to participate is 16 years old. Participants ages 16 & 17 can participate with signed permission from parent/guardian.
You will sign up for a wave time when you register. Regular Wave times (excluding Elite and Timed waves) will start at 9:00 a.m. and depart every 15 minutes.
We cannot offer refunds under any circumstances. If a registrant cannot participate, their fee is considered a charitable donation to the Barber Foundation. Participants can transfer their registration to another participant until 8/31/16 - there is a $10 fee to transfer a registration. There will be absolutely NO registration transfers after 8/31/16.
Yes! Some participants prefer a more leisurely activity and walk the entire course, skipping all or most of the obstacles. We still celebrate their crossing the finish line with a medal and plenty of cheering!
No. To help ensure accuracy, all registrations for the 10-mile obstacle course must be completed through our online application process. Participants in the Adapted Course do have the option of downloading a printed registration for and waiver or requesting a paper registration in the mail by contacting us at BarberBeast@Barberinstitute.org or calling 814-480-6810.
Yes! Unlike some events, spectators are able to go on the Beast course free of charge and cheer on participants. Closer to the event we will have a more detailed map with the location of obstacles and some suggested viewing areas.
If you would like to participate with a team, please create a team on your online registration form and invite your friends and family to join your team. All team members Should sign up for the same wave time. You may also join an already exsisting team.
Yes, you may skip any obstacle and continue with the course. If you signed up for an Elite Wave, you will have to complete all obstacles to be eligible for awards.
You will get wet, but all water obstacles will be in shallow water. You always have the option of skipping any obstacle that involves water if you are not comfortable completing it.
YES! You can get a free or reduced registration by signing up to fundraise. Just choose that option when you register, and you will receive all of the tools needed to let your friends, neighbors and family know that you are Beating the Beast and raising money to help children and adults with disabilities. All fundraisers can also win great prize packages! Learn More about fundraising for the Barber Beast on the Bay!
Please email us (BarberBeast@Barberinstitute.org) and we will get back to you within two business days (probably sooner!) If this is an urgent matter, call our Beast Hotline at 814-480-6810!
We know that some participants just want to finish, and some want to be timed. So, during registration you will have the option of signing up to be timed for a nominal fee. To reduce the likelihood of timing being affected by waits at obstacles, all participants who choose to be timed will participate in the second or third wave
The first wave (8:30 a.m.) is set aside for those with a competitive spirit. Those in the Elite Waves will be timed, and must complete all obstacles to be eligible for awards. When registering, select the option for the elite wave (a nominal fee is charged).
We do recommend a pair of shoes you are comfortable with. Keep in mind you will be running in sand, water, and mud, meaning you'll need a shoe that's durable and supportive.
For more, please read this helpful Blog Post!
Participants are encouraged to park in the lot located at Waldameer (enter on Peninsula Drive). Parking is also available across Peninsula Drive in the Waldameer overflow lot and the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. Please do not leave valuables in your car.
The “E” is providing free shuttles to take participants from Waldameer to the starting line at Beach 11. Shuttles will begin running at 7:15 am. Please plan to board the shuttle at Waldameer approximately 1 hour before your scheduled wave time. Shuttles will also make designated stops and pick ups throughout the course.
Each wave has a limited amount of space and once a wave is full it is sold out. If you would like to inquire about switching your wave time please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We recommend you arrive 60—90 minutes before your scheduled wave time. You will have to park, check-in and make your way to the starting line. Allow time for traffic, detours and other set-backs that may occur on event day.
A valid ID, a towel, a change of clothes and cash or credit card if you would like to purchase food or merchandise.
There are bathrooms available to change in.
We do offer complimentary bag check at the Barber Beast on the Bay. You will receive a bag ticket in your race packet. Visit the Beast Bag Check to store your belongings. One bag per person, no coolers please.
Packet pick up will be available at the Barber National Institute in the week leading up to the event; we will notify participants of the dates and times during the summer. In addition, you can pick up your packet the morning of the event beginning at 6:30 a.m. at the registration table at Waldameer.
In addition, participants can pick up their packets at the event on Saturday, September 9 at Waldameer Picnic Groves beginning at 6:30 a.m. Please bring photo identification with you to packet pick up. If you are picking up packets for anyone else, you must have a copy of their photo ID and a signed copy of the waiver.
Participants who registered to be timed will receive a timing chip in their packet. Please bring this chip with you to the event and securely tie it to your shoe. Lost or forgotten chips cannot be replaced on event day. Our new chips are rugged so they can handle the rough conditions. Volunteers will be at the finish to collect chips. Please make sure to return your chip after finishing.
Registrations will be accepted at Packet Pick-Up with cash or credit card and photo ID.