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What is Over the Edge for Special Olympics Wisconsin?

Over the Edge for Special Olympics Wisconsin is a signature fundraising event that sends participants rappelling down the side a building. Not only is it a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but it raises money for a great cause - Special Olympics Wisconsin!

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What can I expect when I'm participating in Over the Edge?

You will be wearing a full-body industrial harness and using an industrial descender to go down. To go down you will be squeezing a handle, and to stop you will need to let go of the handle (or pull back). You will be anchored to a back-up line, which is controlled from the top. You will control the speed of your decent. Should you go too fast, or should the equipment fail, the back-up line will engage.

Getting your weight off the roof and into the harness is the difficult part for most people. Once you're over the edge you are on your own. You can stop and take in the view, you can look into peoples windows, you can even flip upside down if you want.

It will take between 8 and 15 minutes to get to the bottom. The harness will squeeze your hips, and scrunch-up your shoulders. Some people feel as though rappelling is a good abdominal workout because of the semi-sitting position it requires. The squeezing motion to activate the descender requires quite a bit of force and using the same hand the entire way down can be tiring. You can stop to rest, or switch hands when you need a break. In general, inexperienced rappellers tend to find themselves with tired hands at the bottom. If you keep your feet on the wall it is easy to maintain the correct position. You won't spin around, or fall into the building. If you push off with your feet you can bounce outwards. The further out you bounce, the more difficult it is to control your spin. Large bounces outward can result in crashes back into the wall, so bounces should be kept small.

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What are the requirements to participate in this event?

You must raise the minimum amount to participate. Due to equipment limitations, participants must weigh between 110 and 300 pounds. Participants must be at least 18 years old on the day of the event to participate. By registering for this event, you are agreeing to allow Special Olympics Wisconsin use of all event-related photography and video for marketing needs.

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What if I am unable to raise the minimum amount prior to the event date?

If you are unable to raise the minimum amout by the event date, you can either decide to donate your proceeds to Special Olympics Wisconsin and not participate in the Over the Edge event or you can supply a credit card to Special Olympics Wisconsin to make up the difference.

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How do I reserve my rappel spot?

Once you've raised the minimum amount or turned in the Credit Card Commitment Form, the Special Olympics Wisconsin staff member in charge of your Over the Edge event will contact you to reserve a rappel spot.

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What will training be like?

When you arrive on site you will have the opportunity to practice rappelling from a lesser height. This will give you a chance to hang in the harness, find a comfortable position, and practice using the descender. You can practice as often as you'd like before heading to the roof. The same safety procedures are used in the training as in the long rappel so you will be familiar with them when you get there.

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What should I wear?

You're going to be walking down the side of a building so wear good shoes. Sneakers, light hikers, climbing shoes, something with a soft, light colored sole. No slippers, sandals, slip-on shoes, high heels, or steel toed boots. Wear long pants and a long-sleeve shirt. Athletic pants, tights, and jeans are suitable. The harness goes around your legs, waist, and shoulders, so it is best to avoid anything too bulky. Shirts should be comfortable and without draw cords. Individuals with long hair should tie it back. You will be given a pair of leather gloves and a helmet when you arrive.

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Is there any experience required?

No. No previous rappelling experience is required for Over the Edge.

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What can I do to practice?

The most common complaint from participants after rappelling is that their forearm got sore during the descent. The squeezing motion required isn't difficult, but over a long time it can get tiring. Proper technique and switching arms makes a lot of difference, but using a squeeze ball once in awhile doesn't hurt either.

If you'd like more practice, go rock climbing. Not only does rock climbing strengthen your forearms, but it also allows you to hang in a harness. Although the harnesses we use are different, you will still get the idea of where you will be squeezed, and what muscles it takes to stay up-right. Get psyched. Tell your friends.

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Can I bring my camera and phone?

For everyones safety we do not want any objects dropped over the side. Therefore, you are not allowed to bring your phones or cameras to the roof.

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Can friends and family watch me as I go Over the Edge?

Friends and other supporters are encouraged to come to the event site and watch you rappel down the building.

Unfortunately friends of the participants will not be allowed on the rooftop since only those with safety harnesses and anchors will be admitted. If you really want someone up there with you, convince them to go Over the Edge with you! There will be a photographer ensuring that each participant gets pictures of him or herself going Over the Edge.

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Who should I contact if I have more questions?

For Over the Edge - Milwaukee, contact Kelly Lang at (262) 241-778 For Over the Edge - Ultimate Lambeau Leap, contact Matt Harper at (920) 497-2422(920) 497-2422

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How can I tell my friends and family how to donate to me online?

From the fundraising portal (login here) to send a message to your friends and family and direct them to your personal donation page or send an e-mail on your own that includes a link to your Over the Edge donation web page.

Your personal donation page can also be found if someone searches for you using the participant Search Form.

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Can I enter donations that I have received in cash or check to my online total?

No. Cash and check donations will need to be entered by Special Olympics Wisconsin

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How quickly can I expect an online donation to be posted on my Participant Web page?

Donations should be posted to your Over the Edge participant web page immediately after the online donation is submitted.

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Can Buddy Rappellers share online donations?

No. Donations can only be made in the name of an individual participant.

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Where can I search to find if my employer will match my donation?

Double your Donation! Click here to see if your employer has a Matching Gifts Program.

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I can't participate in the Over the Edge event I registered for. What happens to the donations I've received?

Online donations received will be credited to your local Special Olympics Wisconsin office. If you have raised enough donations to be eligible for an incentive, you can still receive that incentive.

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A donor wants a receipt. What should I do?

If a donor donates through your Over the Edge web page, he or she will receive an e-mail receipt if a valid e-mail address was provided on the donation form. To request an additional receipt, contact aklossner@specialolympicswisconsin.org.

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A donor would like Special Olympics Wisconsin's tax ID number. How can I get it?

The Special Olympics Wisconsin tax ID number is 39-1176591

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What credit cards are accepted in the Secure Donation Site?

Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

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Is there a donation form that I can use for cash and check donations?

Yes. You can print out a donation form and use it to track your cash and check donations. It is highly recommended that donations are mailed or dropped off to the following locations:

Over the Edge - Milwaukee
Special Olympics Wisconsin - Region 8
10224 N. Port Washington Rd.
Mequon, WI 53092

Over the Edge - Ultimate Lambeau Leap
Special Olympics Wisconsin - Region 5
2140 Holmgrem Way
Green Bay, WI 54304
Donations can also be turned in the day of the event.

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How can I thank donors who have donated to me online?

An automated thank you is sent, however, you can also log into the fundraising portal  to view your donor activity to see the email addresses of your donors. From there you can send a personalize thank you email from your own email provider.

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I have online donatations and cash and checks. How will people working at the Over the Edge event know how much money I have raised?

At the Over the Edge on-site check in and pre-registration/check-in events, volunteers and staff will have a list of all participants registered online including the total amount of donations that have been received.

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How do I register for the Over the Edge event for Special Olympics Wisconsin online?

Click here to start on the online registraiton process. You will be guided through the registration process. Once your transaction is complete, you will receive a confirmation email receipt.


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What is unique about this website?

This website is so unique because it offers the capability for individuals to not only register for the event, but also to collect donations from their friends and family through a much more efficient mechanism. Special Olympics Wisconsin, Inc. Event Managers and the event participants can track the progress of donation collections through viewing secured online reports.


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Is my information secure?

Yes. We use industry-standard SSL encryption techniques to make sure that your credit card information, passwords, and personal information travel securely over the Internet. We have also installed an encryption engine on our database server so that your data is securely stored.

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Can friends and family make a donation to a participant by going through the main website?

Yes. On the home page of the website, friends and family can locate a participant by clicking on the "Donate to a fundraiser" button. By typing in the name of the participant, they will be directed to the participant's personalized pledge page.

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Is a portion of the registration fee a donation?

Yes. Your registration fee is included in the donation total.

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How does Special Olympics Wisconsin, Inc. utilize the contributions?

To get more information on how Special Olympics Wisconsin, Inc. uses contributions, please visit our website at SpecialOlympicsWisconsin.org

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How can I see who has donated to me?

You can view your donor activity from the fundraising portal, by clicking on "view activity" from the right hand side. All donors are also listed on your public fundraising profile.

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I forgot my Username and Password. How can I find out what they are?

Remember that your username and password are case sensitive. To find your password click on the "Send me my password?" on the login page. You will receive an email with your username and password. If you still have problems, please contact Matt Harper at mharper@specialolympicswisconsin.org.

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