FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Below are some answers to our most frequently asked question. Note, these FAQs do not apply to our G8 endurance event. If you have questions that are not answered below, please email us.
Q: What makes Goliathon different from other obstacle course events?
A: Our sole purpose for creating Goliathon was to raise money to help those in need around the world. We're a non-profit organization with a management team and staff that are 100% volunteer. All proceeds go directly to projects to help bring clean, safe drinking water to those in need around the world. We want everyone to join us in our mission. To encourage a wide range of participants to unite with us in our efforts, we created a course with tiered obstacles ranging from moderately easy to very difficult. We were the first obstacle course event to take this multi-tiered approach to obstacles.
Q: Is Goliathon a timed event?
A: No. It’s not a race. It’s a mission. However, to help ensure fairness for all teams regardless of when they start during the day, we instituted a 4-hour time limit in 2019. In order for points to count toward your final score, obstacles must be completed within four hours of your start time. But don’t worry – the average participant completes the course in just over three hours and 95% finish within four hours. If you do hit the 4-hour mark before you’ve reached the finish line, you should finish the course, complete the remaining obstacles, and receive your bands, but you will not accrue any more points.
Q: What if there is inclement weather?
A: The event will continue rain or shine. We consider bad weather to be just another obstacle on the course.
Q: What should I bring the day of the event?
A: Bring a signed copy of our participant waiver, your photo ID, $10 cash for parking, money for food after the event, good trail running shoes, grippy gloves, clothes that can get muddy, clean clothes to change into after the event, a desire to help others and a positive, can-do attitude.
Q: Can I bring a GoPro camera?
A: Yes! And when you share your amazing videos on social media, remember to use #goliathon.
Q: When and where do I check in and/or collect my event packet?
A: You will need to arrive at the event one hour before your scheduled start time. After parking, follow signs to the registration table to get checked in.
Q: Is there a bag check?
A: Yes – and it's free! However, we strongly encourage you to leave valuables at home or locked in your car.
Q: Do I need to register to be a spectator?
A: We welcome any and all spectators to attend the event at no cost but – for our safety and theirs – we do require spectators to register on the day of the event and sign a spectator’s waiver. Spectators can download the Goliathon app for iPhone for a map of the course and to keep track of their favorite participants.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: We love dogs – just not on the course. We'd prefer you leave your pets at home, but we do allow leashed dogs at the venue. However, no dogs will be permitted on the course.
Q: Is there an age limit for spectators?
A: Nope, children of all ages are welcome to attend but must be supervised by an adult at all times.
Q: Will there be showers?
A: There will be a place for you to hose off once you complete the course.
Q: Will there be food at the event?
A: Yes, there will be food available for purchase.
Q: Will there be alcohol at the event?
A: No, the venue is a non-alcoholic venue.
Q: Is there a post party?
A: There will be music and food available for purchase. Hang out and stay awhile.
Q: What charity does Goliathon support?
A: Our featured charity is charity: water, a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries. All proceeds from the event will go directly to charity: water. For more information on charity: water, visit the Our Cause section of Goliathon.com or visit charitywater.org.
Q: How can I support the charity?
A: Your registration to the race directly supports this charity. You can also make additional contributions through the donate button at the bottom of Goliathon.com.
Q: Can I make a donation to the charity?
A: Absolutely. You can include a contribution during the registration process, via the donate button at the bottom of Goliathon.com or by sending a check to Goliathon at 1444 Delsea Drive, Deptford, NJ 08096. All contributions will go directly to charity: water and are tax deductible.
PARKING AND LODGING
Q: Where can I find hotels for the event?
A: There is a Courtyard Marriot six miles from the event.
Q: Is there parking on site?
A: Yes, $10 (cash) parking is available on site within walking distance of the starting line. However, we strongly encourage carpooling whenever possible.
Q: Do I have to pay for parking?
A: Yes. The cost is $10 cash per vehicle.
REGISTRATION COSTS AND REFUNDS
Q: How do I create a team after registering as an individual?
A: You cannot create a team once you register as an individual so please plan accordingly. Teams can have as few as two members.
Q: Do you provide refunds?
A: We do not offer refunds. However, we do understand that plans change and things happen unexpectedly. So we've developed a racer-friendly cancelation policy that you can read more about here.
Q: Can I transfer my registration to another person?
A: For a small fee, we do allow you to transfer your registration to another person up until the time that online registration closes (the Wednesday before an event). You can read more about on our Cancellations page.
Q: What if I am injured and can’t run?
A: We do not offer refunds for any reason. However, we do understand that injuries happen. Our flexible cancellation policy allows you to defer your registration to a future event or transfer your registration to someone else. You can read all of the details on our Cancellations page.
Q: How much does it cost to register for Goliathon?
A: Registration costs vary based on when you register. There is a different fee structure for Kids (ages 10-14) and Adults (ages 15+). Refer to the pricing schedules on our Event Details page.
Q: Are the prices per individual or per team?
A: The costs are per person.
Q: What is included in my registration fee?
A: The registration fee includes entrance into the event, insurance and a standard processing fee.
Q: What do the different price levels mean?
A: The experience is the same regardless of your registration price. Tiered pricing is provided to encourage early sign ups.
Q: Is my registration fee tax deductible?
A: No, registration fees are not tax deductible. IRS rules do not permit the deduction of registration fees since, in exchange for your fee, you are receiving entrance into the event.
Q: Why do I have to pay an insurance fee?
A: The insurance fee is a mandatory part of the registration, which accounts for your contribution toward the cost associated with the insurance provided by Goliathon for the event. Our provider requires every participant – even those who have their own insurance – to purchase insurance as part of registration.
Q: Can I register by mail or phone?
A: No, you must register online prior to event day. On site registration is available the day of the event unless we sell out prior to event day.
Q: What is the deadline to register?
A: Online registration closes at 11:59 pm ET the Wednesday before the event. Walk up registration is available on event day unless the event is sold out.
Q: Can I register at the event?
A: Walk up registration is available unless the event is sold out in advance. Refer to the Event Details page for pricing.
START AND FINISH TIMES
Q: I didn’t get the start time I wanted, what can I do?
A: Unfortunately, we cannot change your start time. We do our best to accommodate your request but reserve the right to schedule you for a different start time to ensure the event runs as smoothly as possible.
Q: I didn’t receive my start time, where can I find it?
A: You will receive an email with your start time about one week before the event. If it's less than a week from the event and you have not received an email with your start time, please contact us at email@example.com.
Q: How long does it take to complete Goliathon?
A: The average participant completes the event in about three hours.
PARTICIPANT DETAILS AND ELIGIBILITY
Q: Do I have to sign a waiver to participate?
A: Yes! Obstacle course events offer great potential for injury as described in the waiver. We want you to fully understand the risks before you attempt the course.
Q: Can a journalist get free entry?
A: Yes. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to gain entrance into the event.
Q: Is there an age requirement?
A: Yes, you must be at least 10 years old to participate. Participants who are ages 10-14 must be accompanied by a registered adult throughout the entire course.
Q: How fit do you have to be to participate?
A: Our goal is for individuals of all ages, athletic abilities and fitness levels to participate in and be challenged by the event, which is why we include many tiered obstacles. The novice or inexperienced participant who is able to run or walk four miles and support his or her own body weight while hanging should attempt to complete G1 obstacles. The participant in good physical shape who can easily perform push ups and pull ups and run four miles should attempt G2 obstacles. The participant looking for an extreme physical challenge should attempt G3 obstacles, as they are designed to test a participant's overall muscular strength and endurance with some of the most challenging obstacle combinations ever encountered in obstacle course events.
COURSE AND OBSTACLE INFORMATION
Q: Are there restrooms available? On the course?
A: There are port o pots available at the event for use before and after race. There are no restrooms on the course.
Q: Are there water stations and snacks on the course?
A: There are two water stations but no snack stations.
Q: Is there medical staff on the course?
A: Yes. There will be a primary medical tent as identified on the map and roving medical staff throughout the course.
Q: Can I view the course in advance of the event?
A: A sample course map is posted on the website.
Q: Can I skip obstacles?
A: Absolutely. The obstacles are there for your enjoyment and challenge. If you wish to skip an obstacle, you may do so without incurring any penalty. However, even if you skip an obstacle, you should still get your wristband scanned at the obstacle.
Q: What is the difference between G1, G2 and G3 obstacles?
A: Our tiered obstacles consist of three tracks: G1 obstacles are fairly easy, G2 obstacles are moderately difficult and G3 obstacles are extremely challenging.