Hike and Bike for Spencer

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in the Hike & Bike for Spencer?

The event is open to anyone and everyone.

What is the Hike & Bike for Spencer?

Hike and/or bike as much vertical as you can in a month to earn awards. Raise money for kids’ snow sport scholarships through peer-to-peer fundraising

When is the Hike & Bike for Spencer?

The entire month of August 2021. Participate as little or much as you like.

Where does the Hike & Bike for Spencer take place?

The event is virtual and can be done anywhere in the world using the Strava app.

Why has the Hike for Spencer changed to a virtual event?

The pandemic in 2020 forced us to go virtual. We decided to continue with the virtual format to allow for greater participation and social awareness. The goal to fundraise in memory of Spencer Nelson has not changed sinced the event's inception.

How do I register to participate?

To participate in the event and be eligible for vertical feet and fundraising awards and incentives, please register here at

Can I make a donation without registering?

To donate without participating in the vertical or fundraising challenges please do so here!/donation/checkout

How do I participate in the Vertical Feet challenges?

  1. Download the Strava app on your smart phone and create a free account (Strava will invite you to purchase a subscription but it is not required for this event).
  2. Join the Winter Park Competition Center Strava Club and click on the Hike & Bike for Spencer club event and click “I’m In” to follow your peers and access the leader board.
  3. Join one or both of these Strava challenges:

How do I participate in the Fundraising Challenges?

Follow the instructions in the ‘Claim Your Fundraising Page’ email you received after registering.

What are the Vertical Award categories?

  • Top 3 male and top 3 female hikers overall and by age groups:
    • 19+, U19, U16, U14, U12, U10, U8 (age as of 12/31/2021)
  • Top 3 male and top 3 female bikers overall and by age groups:
    • 19+, U19, U16, U14, U12, U10, U8 (age as of 12/31/2021)

What are the Fundraising Award categories?

Top 3 individuals who raise the most donations through their fundraising page.

What are the Fundraising Incentives?

Every participant will earn a $100 discount off Winter Park Competition Center programs fees for every $500 they or others raise on their behalf through their own customizable fundraising page. If you are not joining a program this winter we can offer a $100 gift card to Winter Park Resort.

Are there awards for Teams?

The top 3 teams who generate the most donations for the foundation will be recognized.

Are there any other awards or prizes?

Every participant will be eligible for weekly raffle prizes and shout outs for fundraising and vertical accomplishments.

Can I compete in both hiking and biking vertical challenges?

Yes, you can by joining both challenges on Strava and track each activity in the app. However, your vertical will not be combined between activities.

How do I join a team?

During registration you will be asked if you would like to join or create a team.

How do I get donations?

After registering you will receive a ‘Claim Your Fundraising Page’ email. Follow the instructions to set up your own page and then share that page with your social network. All donations linked to your page will add up to earn fundraising awards and incentives.

Is fundraising linked to the amount of vertical I accumulate?

Not directly. However, you may choose to ask your friends and family for ‘pledges’. Example: “I am getting in shape for ski season and raising money for other kids who need help. Would you give me $10 for every 1,000 feet I hike/bike in August?” At the end of August you report back to your friends and family and they complete the donation on your fundraising page.

What are the rules for the vertical challenges?

You can choose either the hiking or biking or both challenges. Hiking is anything on foot and you can run, climb stairs, hike mountains, etc. Choose the Run activity when recording a Strava workout. Biking can be mountain or road biking but must be human powered (no ebikes or chair lifts). Choose the Ride activity when recording a Strava workout. You must adhere to the for fairness and safety.

Why are there names on the leaderboard of non-participants?

Anyone can join the Strava Challenges and the Winter Park Competition Center club so non-participants may show up on the leaderboards. Awards and recognition will only go to those who have officially signed up for the Hike & Bike for Spencer and use the same first and last name on their Strava account as they used to register for the event.

Where can I get help?

For anything Strava app related please visit for other general questions please email

How do I view the Vertical Feet challenge leaderboards?

  1. Log in to Strava and go to one of the Strava challenges:
  2. Click the 'My Clubs' tab.
  3. If you are a member of multiple clubs, select Winter Park Competition Center under the 'Clubs' drop down list.

Where can I find results for the Hike & Bike for Spencer?

Event information including individual and team fundraising results: 2020 Event 2021 Event Full results with vertical, teams, and classes: 2020 Event 2021 Event

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