ADAPTIVE ATHLETES

ATTENTION: ADAPTIVE ATHLETE REGISTRATION NOW HAS A WAITLIST!

Please email info@worldteamsports.org for more information and updates on the waitlist

Adaptive Athlete Registration


Adaptive athletes of all backgrounds are invited to join us at Face of America Gettysburg 2021.


There is a $35 non-refundable registration fee ($5 for members) for adaptive athletes and a $250 fundraising commitment.

Adaptive Athlete Benefits (SEE TRAVEL UPDATE ABOVE)


Participating adaptive athletes receive several benefits as a part of their registration.


  • NEW POLICY- 1st Year AND returning athletes who live outside the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area may be eligible for transportation reimbursement to and from Arlington. Upon review by our travel committee, this assistance includes gas reimbursement for athletes who choose to drive their own vehicle, or airline reimbursement for athletes who live within the continental United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. Funding is limited.
  • Double-occupancy lodging for the athlete is provided for Friday and Saturday evenings. Thursday or Sunday evening lodging is the responsibility of the athlete, unless required for adaptive athlete transportation reservations. Lodging costs for additional room guests is the responsibility of the athlete, as are any additional costs such as parking, room or restaurant service and Internet service.
  • Provided meals include dinner Friday evening, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast and finish line roast on Sunday.
  • Bicycle, recumbent and hand cycle rentals for adaptive athletes are available at no cost. Please indicate an interest in a rental during registration for your rental preference.
  • Shipping of bicycles for athletes traveling may use the BikeFlights service. Athletes must live within the United States and cover packing and shipping box costs.


Adaptive Athlete Participation Requirements


Adaptive athletes are defined as any athlete who lives with a disability. This includes loss of limb, paralysis, blindness, deafness, Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, and other injuries or conditions created by illness, accident, or work conditions and circumstances, as well as medical conditions by birth. Participation is open to all adaptive athletes, including military veterans and civilians. Adaptive athletes may have medically-required caregivers who provide daily living assistance. For athletes with caregivers, contact us by email for assistance in registration.


Lodging Guidelines

For all Adaptive Athletes


  • Rooms at Face of America for adaptive athletes will be reserved by the World T.E.A.M. lodging committee.
  • World T.E.A.M. will pay for double occupancy rooms (roommate) for Friday and Saturday nights only.
  • Through email communication, World T.E.A.M. will notify the athlete of the lodging reservation in late September or early October.
  • Athletes requiring single occupancy for medical reasons may request such lodging during the reservation process. These requests will be reviewed and are not guaranteed. Documentation may be requested.
  • If an adaptive athlete wishes to travel with a friend or family member, the athlete will be required to make hotel reservations. World T.E.A.M. will reimburse for half of the room and lodging tax charges after the event. Receipts are required. Reimbursements will be mailed to the address used when registering for the event.
  • World T.E.A.M. will provide shuttle service between the Saturday ride ending/Sunday start at the Frederick Fairgrounds and the host hotels in Frederick.


Our Lodging Coordinator:

Katie Hoyle: katiehoyle@worldteamsports.org


Travel Guidelines (PLEASE SEE TRAVEL UPDATE ABOVE)


  • Adaptive Athlete may be eligible for a travel grant even after their first year attending, provided approval from our Travel Committee. These travel grants will be determined based on financial need and other factors. This includes air, bus, train and car mileage. Due to the limits of the organization, grants will vary in amounts and will be limited.
  • All air travel must be booked by the adaptive athlete, and communicated to World T.E.A.M. staff.
  • Our team will be available to assist with research of flight options, as well as coordinating special requests, including traveling with adaptive equipment, with the airlines. Please contact MaryAnn Rosolino for assistance.
  • Family members or friends transportation is the responsibility of the athlete.
  • The BikeFlights shipping service is an option for our adaptive athletes. World T.E.A.M. will cover shipping costs through this service, but bike disassembly, packing, reassembly and box fees are athlete expenses.
  • All athletes arriving into Reagan National Airport in Washington should use the hotel’s courtesy shuttle service to the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. If for some reason this hotel service cannot be managed by the athlete please contact us prior to the event to request special assistance.

Our Travel Coordinator

MaryAnn Rosolino: maryannrosolino@worldteamsports.org

BUS TRANSPORTATION

Friday Gettysburg to Arlington

Want to have your vehicle waiting for you at the finish line on Sunday? No problem, we have a bus departing Gettysburg on Friday October 8th to the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington. This bus will depart Gettysburg at 11:00 a.m. Friday and arrive at the hotel by mid-afternoon.


Saturday Finish Line and Sunday Morning Frederick Start Line

On Saturday afternoon, we offer free shuttle service looping from the finish line at the Frederick Fairgrounds to many of the nearby lodging properties and back. Early Sunday morning, these same shuttle buses will transport athletes to the ride start at the fairgrounds, with service beginning at 5:00 a.m. For a list of hotels that we offer shuttles to, please visit our Lodging webpage.


Sunday Gettysburg Return to Arlington


Face of America participants who need a ride back to Arlington should reserve free return bus tickets to the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington. These tickets can be ordered at the time of registration. Space on these buses are limited to registered participants and volunteers.


Buses are scheduled to depart from the ride finish in Gettysburg at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 10. Depending on traffic, buses will arrive at the host Hyatt Regency Hotel in Arlington between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. Do not schedule outgoing airline departures for Sunday evening earlier than 8 p.m. if you are taking the bus.


Be sure you are getting onto the correct bus and loading your overnight bag onto that bus since there are also buses for teams going to other destinations. Bikes will be transported on trucks to Arlington – these vehicles leave earlier than the buses. Make sure you are loading your bicycle or hand cycle into the correct truck.

Food

Face of America Gettysburg includes plenty of food and beverages for participants.


Friday Evening Arlington


The Friday evening dinner at the Hyatt Regency in Arlington is currently being reviewed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Adaptive Athletes will have a dinner scheduled.


Along the Route


  • Breakfast food is provided at the Hyatt Regency on Saturday including breakfast sandwiches, muffins, fruits, coffee, juice, etc.
  • Quick ride food like ants on a log, energy bars, and snacks are provided at each rest stop in addition to water and energy drinks at each rest stop.
  • Sandwiches are available at the midway rest stop on Saturday.
  • On Sunday we will have breakfast sandwiches, muffins, fruits, coffee, juice, etc at the Frederick Fairgrounds
  • Some hotels in Frederick offer full breakfast for Sunday morning; many offer complimentary breakfast items for guests.


Saturday Frederick Finish Line


  • Local food truck service will be available at the Saturday finish in Frederick.
  • Adaptive athletes are invited to reserve a Saturday evening dinner voucher in Frederick at The Beacon behind the Hampton Inn. If you are unsure if you reserved, contact us.


Sunday Gettysburg Finish Line


  • There is a Sunday post-ride meal in Gettysburg at Brown’s Ranch with a variety of beers. All participating athletes and volunteers are invited to participate.

BIKE SHIPPING

World T.E.A.M. has partnered with BikeFlights to provide for secure shipping of bikes to and from Face of America for all athletes traveling by air.


With BikeFlights, athletes can pack and ship their bikes using a local bike shop in their community, then pick up their bike at the host hotel in Arlington. The host hotel can then ship the bike back home following the event.


Find a local bike shop to ship your bike and one at your destination city to pick up your bike. Many bike shops will disassemble your bike and pack it, then reassemble it when it arrives. Note that your shop will need to be available to deliver your bike to your host hotel, and then pick it up following the event conclusion for shipping home – this is your responsibility to arrange.


Order a shipping box or case from the BikeFlights store. Learn more about properly packing a bike to protect it from damage during shipping.


Many adaptive athletes have found they can ship their personal bike with them during air travel at no extra cost. Download and read our free PDF-format Air Travel Guidelines, providing helpful information about traveling by air with your bicycle or hand cycle.

ATHLETE CANCELLATION PROCESS

Registered athletes who discover they are unable to participate in Face of America Gettysburg should be aware of the following policies and procedures.

  • Written Notification. It is best to send notification by email message of your unavailability to participate, rather than simply not appearing at Arlington. Providing written notification allows World T.E.A.M. to invite or include an additional athlete. In addition, notification of a cancellation allows the organizers to not plan for your attendance.
  • Refunds and Transfers. Registrations and applicable fees are non-refundable and are not transferable to another participant. Donations are not refundable.
  • Commitment Charge. Athletes who cancel their participation or who do not show at the program check-in following the cancellation deadline may be subject to the full commitment charge to their provided credit account.
  • Physician and Official Orders Exemption. Athletes can avoid the commitment charge by providing a letter from their physician on the physician’s letterhead stating their inability to travel or to participate. Active-duty military members can avoid the commitment charge through providing a copy of their official orders.
  • Jerseys and other gear. Athletes who cancel prior to the program start, or who are a no-show, may request mailing of the program jersey or t-shirt by email message in the 30 days following the conclusion. Other gear, such as gift bags, may be available upon request. The athlete must have met or exceeded their fundraising commitment. Requested sizing may not be available.
  • Virtual Participants. Athletes may optionally transfer their registration to the non-participatory virtual participant category rather than cancelling. Such transfers allows the athlete to continue to be a member of their team, with donations already received or arriving benefiting the team. This transfer does not allow a refund of the registration fee, but does eliminate the fundraising commitment. No jerseys, food or other program benefits will be provided. Such requests must be received by email message no later than 14 days prior to the program start.