We’ve done our best to answer the most common general and team questions about LOWVELO. If you have questions about a specific topic not addressed below, please contact our team.
LOWVELO23 will be on Saturday, November 4, 2023.
The 23-, 50- and 80-mile routes start at Brittlebank Park in downtown Charleston. The 10- and 20-mile Island Rides start on Isle of Palms.
All rides end at our Isle of Palms finish line where we have our family-friendly block party.
We will share more details once they are finalized closer to ride day.
Yes, there is a minimum fundraising commitment for each route as follows:
10-mile Island Ride: $300*
20-mile Island Ride: $300*
*Students, cancer survivors and cancer patients may ride with the reduced commitment of $250. One child (8-17) per registered adult may ride with no fundraising commitment. The registration fee still applies.
23-mile Route: $500^
50-mile Route: $1,000^
80-mile Route: $1,500^
^Students, cancer survivors, cancer patients, children 14-17 (23- & 50-mile) and children 16-17 (80-mile) may ride with the reduced commitment of $250. Children must be accompanied by an adult (one adult per child).
The fundraising deadline for LOWVELO23 is January 1, 2024. Per the LOWVELO fundraising agreement, riders who have not met their minimum fundraising commitment by January 1, 2024, will be charged the difference between their fundraising-to-date and the amount they committed to raise during the registration process. If you’re unsure of the status of your fundraising efforts, please take a moment to log in to your rider profile and check your fundraising progress. Another great resource is our fundraising tips page.
Some teams are in the lucky position of having raised a surplus of funds beyond their riders’ minimum commitments. In that case, it may be possible to do fund sharing. See an explanation of team fund sharing in the Team Questions section below.
Each participant must pay a non-refundable registration fee that counts towards their minimum fundraising commitment. Your card information must remain on file in case you do not reach your fundraising minimum by the fundraising deadline of January 1, 2024. After the fundraising deadline, your card will be charged for the remainder of your commitment, if any.
Registration is $50 and counts towards your fundraising minimum. Participation includes a LOWVELO23 T-shirt, cycling jersey, swag bag, admission to the block party after the ride and the awards ceremony in early 2024. Look for free and discounted registration opportunities throughout the year.
10- & 20-mile Island Ride
To participate in the 10- or 20-mile Island Ride, the minimum age is 8 as of Friday, November 3, 2023. Children 8-17 are not required to fundraise for this route, but the registration fee still applies. One child per fundraising adult, please.
23- & 50-mile Rides*
To participate in the 23- and 50-mile rides, the minimum age is 14 as of Friday, November 3, 2023. The minimum fundraising commitment for children 14-17 is $250. Each child must be accompanied by an adult (one adult per child).
To participate in the 80-mile ride, the minimum age is 16 as of Friday, November 3, 2023. The minimum fundraising commitment for children 16-17 is $250. Each child must be accompanied by an adult (one adult per child).
*Please note: The 23-, 50- and 80-mile routes go over the Ravenel Bridge. Riders should have at least an intermediate experience level as a cyclist, be comfortable riding over bridges and around traffic, and be able to climb hills at 5% grade. We recommend using an appropriate road bike and consistently doing training rides prior to ride day.
Just about any bike will accomplish a 10- or 20-mile ride. If you don’t have your own bike, we have free bikes and helmets available for any riders choosing the 10- and 20-mile routes.
If you are riding the 23-, 50- or 80-mile routes, we recommend that you use an appropriate road bike that has gears and has been recently tuned.
We allow e-bikes on any route, however, riders are responsible for their own charging. While we have bike mechanics available, we cannot ensure they will be equipped to make e-bike repairs.
Yes! Become a LOWVELO fundraiser! You will have the opportunity to support the cause by fundraising throughout the year with no minimum commitment. On our registration page, sign up as a Volunteer Fundraiser to get access to a fundraising page you can customize to help solicit donations. Volunteer Fundraiser is at the bottom of the registration options. Stay in the loop with LOWVELO newsletters to receive fundraising tips and tricks and other resources.
Whether you fundraise or not, there are also lots of volunteer opportunities to help out with the ride and the preparations leading up to ride day.
LOWVELO Home Team is our virtual option. You can complete your mileage however you choose – walk, run or ride – and at your own pace. You can do it all at once or spread it out – just complete it by November 4, 2023. We’ll mail your LOWVELO23 T-shirt and swag bag right to your door.
Since the core of our event is fundraising for MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, Home Team participants will still have a fundraising minimum of $300.
We totally get it. We understand an in-person event might not be for everyone. We have set up the LOWVELO Home Team option for those who wish to participate virtually. Participants will have a $300 fundraising minimum and will be able to log their mileage on their own. You can do it all at once or spread it out. Just complete it by November 4, 2023. You can choose to run, walk, cycle, skip, row… whatever makes you happy!
If you sign up for LOWVELO Home Team, you have until October 4, 2023 to change your mind. You can decide not to participate at all, and your fundraising minimum will be canceled. All funds raised up until that point are non-refundable. Your registration fee is also non-refundable. All swag and any perks of the ride will be forfeited. Also, if you decide you do feel comfortable to join us in person, you have until October 4, 2023 to let us know that too.
You can withdraw up until October 4, 2023. Please contact the LOWVELO Team at firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions. Your fundraising minimum will be canceled. All funds raised up until that point are non-refundable. Your registration fee is also non-refundable. All swag and any perks of the ride will be forfeited.
The finish line block party is for registered riders. Of course, you can have someone pick you up at the finish line, but the food and drinks will be for riders only.
We need 500 volunteers to make LOWVELO roll smoothly. From registration to hospitality, the perfect role awaits you. T-shirts will be available at volunteer check-in on ride day. Our volunteers also have the option to support our cause by raising money throughout the year with no minimum commitment. Visit our Volunteer page to learn more.
Personalize your rider profile, then direct your friends and family to your rider page and ask them to donate to your ride! We’ve come up with some fundraising tips and a social media toolkit to help you reach and hopefully exceed your fundraising goal.
Yes, you are able to use LOWVELO’s logos for your personal fundraising efforts. Please send any final designs that use LOWVELO’s assets to email@example.com.
Yes! Many participants have success fundraising through Facebook because Facebook makes the process simple:
- From your Facebook homepage, search for “MUSC Foundation.”
- Click on “Fundraisers.”
- Click on “Raise Money.”
- To change the name of the fundraiser, click on “Your name’s Fundraiser for MUSC Foundation” and change the name to “First Name Last Name’s LOWVELO Fundraiser for Cancer Research” (make sure your fundraiser says LOWVELO or it won’t be counted!).
- Click on the photo to change your picture.
- Click “Create” in the upper right-hand corner to post.
Your rider profile will be updated every two weeks to reflect your Facebook total.
Pro tip: Set your goal as the minimum for your mileage and adjust accordingly.
Pro tip: Set your timeframe for 2-3 weeks. You can extend or run another campaign later.
Pro tip: Prime the pump and make a donation to your own ride on Facebook. It’ll show people you’re serious!
Yes! Instagram fundraisers last for 30 days with 100% of the funds going directly toward your goal.
- Click on the + at the top of the page to create a new post.
- Click “Next” twice and choose “Add Fundraiser” from the options.
- In the search box, type “MUSC Foundation” and then select it from the list.
- To change the name of the fundraiser, click on “Fundraising for MUSC Foundation” and change the name to “First Name Last Name’s LOWVELO Fundraiser for Cancer Research” (make sure your fundraiser says LOWVELO or it won’t be counted!).
- Enter your fundraising goal amount.
- Click “Done” in the upper right corner.
LOWVELO may receive matching gifts through the MUSC Foundation. When submitting a matching gift to your company, please provide the following:
Payable to: MUSC Foundation (Please make sure they put LOWVELO and your rider name in the memo line.)
Hollings Cancer Center – Office of Development
86 Jonathan Lucas Street, MSC 955
Charleston, SC 29425
Tax ID 57-6028985
Yes – but please remember that while we accept cash, we do not accept change. Please exchange your coins for cash before submitting them to LOWVELO. Cash may be brought to the Director’s Suite on the first floor of MUSC Hollings Cancer Center. Please call 843-792-4143 before coming to make sure someone will be available to accept your donation.
If you would like to request donations from outside of the United States, there are a few ways you may do this:
1. Facebook fundraisers! To see if you may receive donations from certain countries, visit Facebook Help for details.
2. Ask friends and family to send the donation as a check payable to MUSC Foundation. You may turn the check in at LOWVELO c/o Hollings Cancer Center, Attn: Megan Baker, 86 Jonathan Lucas St, Ste. 118, MSC 955, Charleston, SC 29425.
3. Since donations from outside of the United States are not tax deductible, donors may send the funds to you through your PayPal or Venmo account and then you can submit the donation to your donation page on their behalf.
A High Tide Club member is anyone who has raised at least $5,000 as of the fundraising deadline.
Yes! We are on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. When promoting your ride and fundraising, be sure to tag us and use hashtags #LOWVELO and #LOWVELO23, especially during ride weekend. Need some help making your own LOWVELO art and graphics? Check out our social media toolkit!
The College Cup is a fun challenge between the 6 different MUSC Colleges. The college that raises the most money will win the highly sought-after trophy! Don’t forget there is a student fundraising minimum of only $250 per route, so grab your friends and join us.
A team is a great way for two or more individuals to share their LOWVELO experience and combine their fundraising efforts. In addition to individual rider profile pages, a separate team profile page allows you to highlight your team roster and your motivation for riding. Team members can share donations made to the team as a whole and/or share funds raised by individual members. Funds may only be shared with fellow team members at the end of the fundraising period.
It’s easy! Just click the “Create a team” button when you start the registration process.
If you haven’t registered yet, you can click “Join a team” when you start the registration process. If you want to join a team after you’ve registered, you can visit the team profile page and click the “Join team” button.
No, the members of a team do not have to ride the same distance.
Teams are eligible for fund-sharing! This means that team captains have the discretion, if they choose, to share surplus funds generated beyond the team’s minimum requirement to those riders on the team who have not met their minimum fundraising requirement. The funds that can be considered for this sharing extend to virtual riders supporting the team as well as funds aggregated in the general team.
Each captain will be provided a breakdown of their team’s total fundraising shortly after the fundraising window closes on January 1, 2024. The captain then is responsible for providing the team with directions about how they choose to allocate the excess fundraising. Riders on a team are requested to communicate any feedback about their fund-sharing preferences to their captains.
Yes, the team captain can change the name on the team profile page.
Participants can only be a member of one team because membership can involve sharing funds and funds may only be shared among team members.