Frequently Asked Questions: Rider
What is a Power Buddy?
A Power Buddy is someone that acts as your engine. They can push you in a running event, pull you in a cycling event or assist you in an obstacle race or triathlon. Their job is to do what it takes to get you across the finish line.
Do I need to provide a special racing chair?
No! Special Compass has a fleet of chairs and will assign one to you for your event. Our Power Buddies and volunteers will help you transfer to your race chair.
I've never been a rider before. Can I try it before an event?
Yes! Please send a request via our contact form on this website or sending an email to and we can work to set up a clinic for training and practice.
I have very specific needs or dietary restrictions. How do I let my Power Buddy know about it?
You can let your Power Buddy know in lots of ways! First of all, we will be asking you to fill out a form that indicates your diagnosis and any special needs or dietary restrictions. You can also just let us know that you have more to communicate with your Power Buddy to prepare for the big event and w can get you connected directly. We can also arrange to have you and your Power Buddy arrive at the event early to discuss any important topics before the event start.
Do I have to pay to be a Rider?
Nope! Special Compass will cover your race registration costs. All you have to do is let us know which events you want to participate in.
Can I pick which Power Buddy pushes me?
You can absolutely let us know if there is a specific Power Buddy you would like to have push you and we will do our best to ensure that you are partnered with that Power Buddy. With that being said, we may need to make changes to Power Buddy and Rider partnerships due to race participation.
I want to push myself but have a Power Buddy with me in case I need a break. Is that possible?
Absolutely! A Power Buddy would be more than happy to accompany you and step in when or if you need assistance.
Is there anything else I should know about being a Rider?
This will be an amazing experience for both you and your Power Buddy! Don't be afraid to ask questions! The safety of our Riders and Power Buddies is our top concern. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know right away. We want events to be fun for all participants!
How do I get started?
It's easy! Click the button below to register and check out our upcoming events page. We will add you to our mailing list, and all you have to do is let us know which events you want to register for. It's that simple!