Over the Edge for Give Kids The World Village
Over the Edge
Over the Edge Info

Is there a minimum age to rappel?

No, but minors must have their waiver signed by a consenting parent or guardian.

Are there weight restrictions to rappel?

Yes, participants must be between 110-350 pounds to safely fit into the harness equipment.

What should I wear when I rappel?

You’re going to be walking down the side of the building so wear good shoes. No sandals, slip-on shoes, slippers, flip flops, high heels or steel toed boots are permitted. Wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. The harness goes around your legs, waist and shoulders, so it is best to avoid anything too bulky. Long hair must be tied back. You will be given a pair of gloves and a helmet to wear while you rappel.

Can I rappel with a camera or other valuables?

  • We constantly worry about objects being dropped over the side, so personal cameras are not permitted. You won’t have a free hand to take photos anyway!
  • We will have professional photographers on the roof and you’ll receive the images after the event.
  • On event day, you will check-in droppable items like keys and cell phones, or jewelry that can get caught on things. No phones are allowed on the roof!
  • If you are using a GoPro it must be securely fastened to you to the satisfaction of the rappel staff. If you don’t have access to a GoPro one can be provided for your descent if you reach the $1,500 fundraising goal. That said, we hope you will share your experience on social media outlets using the hashtag #OverTheEdgeKnox.

Can I wear my glasses?

If you want to wear glasses, you will need to use Croakies or some other eyewear retainer to keep them from falling.

Can my friends and family take pictures of me from the roof?

Unfortunately friends of the participants will not be allowed on the roof top. The roof is a restricted access area. The Restoration House will have an event photographer taking pictures from the roof, ensuring that each participant gets a picture of himself or herself going over. However, your family and friends CAN watch from the Block Party celebration which will take place down below on Summer Place. This area will have the best view for photographs!

Is Over the Edge safe?

Absolutely! Over the Edge has never had a single incident or accident at any event since their inception in 2003. Every Over the Edge event is set up as an industrial worksite and as a result is compliant with all federal and state OSHA Fall Protection Standards and OSHA Federal and State Laws. Further to this, our policies and procedures adhere to the best practices identified by IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) counsel. This counsel is a strict regulatory body that has regimented guidelines and safety protocols that far exceed the OSHA, Workers Compensation and state labor codes. To read more about safety, visit the Over the Edge site.

Who will be setting up the rappel gear and what qualifications do they have?

All members of the Over the Edge technical team are IRATA and SPRAT certified industrial rope access technicians. We also rely on the help of volunteers from local fire departments, SWAT teams and AMGA Guides to assist with the ropes. All have extensive training in areas like rope rescue and/or are instructors in rope rescue or climbing.

How old are the ropes? When are they inspected and by whom?

The Over the Edge technical team regularly orders new ropes. They are inspected by our qualified technical staff at the start and end of each event. During the event, safety checks are performed for each person before they rappel, and every 2 1/2 hours the team re-inspects all the rigging.

Do I get to practice before the big rappel?

Yes! You will have the opportunity to practice before your big rappel. This practice session will help you get used to the harness, rappel device and technique for descending the building!

Will I have a scheduled time to go Over the Edge?

Yes, we will give you a time period (within an hour) in which your rappel will take place.

What is the cost for parking?

Parking will be free for the edger, a validation slip will be provided at check in. Parking for spectators will be regular hotel price.

Will I receive rappel training?

YES, we will have rope instructors as well as a complete safety rundown and what to expect prior to your rappel

What time should I arrive?

You should arrive at least one hour before scheduled rappel.

Is fundraising required?

Yes, in order to be able to go Over the Edge you must donate or raise at least $1,000

Are there fundraising incentives?

Yes, we have multiple levels of fundraising incentives available

Incentive Collage

The first 75 registrants to raise $1,000 will be guaranteed a spot to go Over the Edge but fundraising efforts won’t stop there! The following are incentives to take participant fundraising to new heights!

$1,000 Minimum

  • One rappel spot to go Over the Edge for Give Kids The World
  • Two invitations to the VIP /Courage Reception on Thursday, February 8, 2018
  • Gift bag
  • Event t-shirt
  • Rooftop photo
  • Free event day parking

$1,500+

  • One rappel spot to go Over the Edge for Give Kids The World
  • Two invitations to the VIP/Courage Reception on Thursday, February 8, 2018
  • Gift bag
  • Event t-shirt
  • Rooftop photo
  • Free event day parking
  • GoPro camera on helmet to capture rappel experience
  • Flash drive with footage of rappel

2,500+

  • One rappel spot to go Over the Edge for Give Kids The World
  • Two invitations to the VIP /Courage Reception on Thursday, February 8, 2018
  • Gift Bag
  • Event t-shirt
  • Rooftop photo
  • Free event day parking
  • GoPro camera on helmet to capture rappel experience
  • Flash drive with footage of rappel
  • 2 tickets to a select event

Top Fundraiser

The top fundraiser will receive 4 2018 Platinum Pass vouchers for Cedar Fair parks

There will be a VIP Courage party held at Skeletons Museum on 2/8/17 7-9pm for those that meet their fundraising goal! Details to come.

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