Over The Edge

Over The Edge is a unique opportunity for individuals and organizations to raise money and support the United Way of Southeast Iowa by rappelling off the Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust building in Downtown Burlington. All funds raised will go to support LOCAL programs impacting health, education, and financial stability/income



Are you ready to reach new heights?

Sign up to go Over The Edge today!


Raise a minimum of $1,000 for the United Way of Southeast Iowa by the August 1, 2024.


 Join us at the F&M Bank Building at 218 N 3rd Street on Saturday, August 3rd, 2024 and Rappel! You will be able to schedule your preferred time in advance.


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 100-300 pounds to safely fit into the harness equipment.

Is Over the Edge safe?

Absolutely! Every Over the Edge event is set up as an industrial worksite and is compliant with all federal and state OSHA Fall Protection Standards and OSHA Federal and State Laws. Their policies and procedures adhere to the best practices identified by IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) counsel.

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.

The Over the Edge technical team regularly orders new ropes. They are inspected by 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.

To read more about safety, visit the Over the Edge site.

Do I get to practice before the big rappel?

Yes! You will have the opportunity to practice before you go Over the Edge. This training and 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.

Is fundraising required?

Yes, in order to be able to go Over the Edge you must donate or raise at least $1,000. Your $75 registration fee counts towards that goal.