F. A. Q. 's
Some specific details about the event are shrouded in secrecy, to ensure complete fairness amongst all competitors nation wide. As more information is released by the Bulldog Challenge Staff, it will be posted on this website.
Also, stay tuned and check often for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions by our competitorsl; they will be posted here on this page!
FOR THOSE OF YOU ASKING, THE ROUTE FOR THIS YEAR'S EVENT IS SET, BUT WE'RE NOT RELEASING IT UNTIL THE WEEK BEFORE THE EVENT!!
What is the Bulldog Challenge? The Bulldog Challenge is a 6-mile extreme endurance course held every year at the Citadel in Charleston, SC. All of the proceeds for the Bulldog Challenge go toward a worthy cause every year. This year, we are donating all proceeds to the Semper Fi Society Scholarship fund, which will be used to help NROTC cadets and active duty Marines at the Citadel who will soon become Marine Officers.
Who organizes the Bulldog Challenge? The Bulldog Challenge is completely student-run. Every year, several of the active duty Marines that are a part of the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) platoon at the Citadel form a staff. Throughout the school year in their own free time these Marines plan, coordinate, and execute everything necessary to conduct a successful race.
Are you having problems registering? Registration is handled by the professional folks over at active.com. If you have any issues or concerns about the ins and outs of how to register or any technical problems, they will be glad to help you out.
Can I run the event by myself? No. This is a team event, and each team is required to have four people. Team captains are responsible for gathering the information required of their team members to fill out the registration information and for paying for their team.
Is there an age requirement to participate in the Bulldog Challenge? Yes. For legal and insurance reasons, all competitors must be at least 18 years old. There is no maximum age.
What is the deadline for registration? The very last day to register is February 26, 2014. However, you can save money by registering earlier. Check out the registration page for more information on pricing.
There are no more open spots. Is there any way that they can still enter? Unfortunately, no. If registration is closed then we have reached our maximum capacity of 800 participants (200 teams).
Can I register by mail or phone? No. You must register for all events online through active.com.
How much does it cost? Depending on when you register for the race, prices range from $35 to $50 dollars per person ($140 to $200 per team). See the registration page for more information.
What is included in the entry fee? In addition to participation in the event itself, you also get an official Bulldog Challenge t-shirt, as well as various prizes donated by our sponsors in the race packages.
Can I bring friends and family to watch? Of course! Spectators are welcome at the Bulldog Challenge! There will be plenty of spectator positions, seating, and even live music!
If I sign up but something comes up and I can not participate, can I get a refund? No. This is a non-refundable event.
Can I switch out team members after I register? Yes. Just be sure to contact active.com to change the pertinent information in your registration (t-shirt sizes, ages, etc.)
Do I have to sign a waiver to participate? Yes. When you arrive on the day of the event, you must sign a waiver in which you acknowledge (among other things) that by participating in the Bulldog Challenge you expose yourself to certain risks, including the risk of personal injury in order to receive your race package. It is important that you read and understand the waiver.
PREPARING FOR THE BULLDOG CHALLENGE
How should I train for The Bulldog Challenge? The Bulldog Challenge is a physically and mentally tough event, and it is important to prepare yourself accordingly. There are many obstacles to overcome, and you should be prepared to do a lot of running, climbing, crawling, and even perhaps some swimming through the swampy marshes of Charleston. This is not an event that you can expect to complete without some preparation!
What should I wear to the Bulldog Challenge? Anything you want. Some people run in regular shoes and running clothes, others wear boots and combat utilities, and some teams run the entire race in costume! There will be a costume contest again this year, so get creative!
Can I view the course in advance? The route for the course will be posted online the week before the event.
TRANSPORTATION & LODGING
Where can I find directions to the Bulldog Challenge? Google Maps! The event is held at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina: 171 Moultrie St. Charleston, SC 29403
Will there be lodging or transportation available? The Bulldog Challenge attracts competitors from all over the country. Unfortunately, we will not be able to arrange for transporation or lodging for any of the teams this year. However, we have worked out an agreement with a couple of local hotels. If you would like to take advantage of a special rate for the Bulldog Challenge, please contact the Comfort Inn Charleston (144 Bee Street, phone: 843-577-2224) or the Raddison Hotel Charleston Airport (5991 Rivers Avenue, phone: 843-744-2501).
What should I bring? Just bring yourselves and your motivation!
Are there water and aid stations? Yes, there will be various water stations throughout the course, and there will be highly visible Citadel Marines and cadets posted all along the route in order to aid and assist the competitors.
Will the Bulldog Challenge be cancelled if there is bad weather? Absolutely not! In fact, we welcome bad weather! It will make the event more dirty, more muddy, and more miserable!
Where do I collect my race package? Race packages will be made available on campus the day before and the day of the event at either Jenkins Hall or Mark Clark Hall.
What time does the event start? The brief will be held on campus (location to be determined) at 0700. The teams will begin running the event at 0800. Teams will start the race one at a time and will be staggered according to physical ability in order to mitigate bottlenecks throughout the course.
What is the total number of start groups and when do they start? One team will begin at a time, and each subsequent team will begin two minutes later.
How do I find out my start time? Starting times will be posted the day before and the day of the event.
How will my finishing time be recorded? Each team will have racing bibs, and one of those bibs will have an electronic chip inside to keep track of your time.
Is there a time limit for completing the Bulldog Challenge? No, there is no time limit, but remember that this is a competetive event, so show some hustle!
Can I skip an obstacle? No. All obstacles must be overcome in order to finish without a disqualification. Citadel Marines and cadets will be posted throughout the course and will act as monitors to ensure teams are properly executing the obstacles.
What if I really can not complete an obstacle?
If you cannot complete an obstacle, just continue on with the race, but you will not be eligible for a prize.
Can I bring alcohol? The Citadel is a dry campus, so the consumption of alocholic drinks will not be permitted during the race.
Will there be showers? You don't want to stay dirty for the rest of the day!? Specifics will be posted at a later date, but in years past, there haave been opportunities to use outdoor/indoor showers.
Will there be food? There will be fruit available for the competitors at the finish line. We are also working to get local businesses to sell food during the event.
Will there be alcohol? There will be no alcohol available.
Can I bring my own food and alcohol? No. You are not allowed to bring your own food or alcohol to the campus.
Is there an awards ceremony? Yes. Information about the Bulldog Challenge awards categories will be made available as soon as it is finalized.
Will the results be posted online? Yes, the results will be posted on active.com.
Who can I contact for more information? If any of your quesitons are not answered by these FAQs, you can email the event director.
How can I become a volunteer? You can sign up for the event through active.com as a volunteer for free.