How do I add funds to the Refund Reserve?

Modified on 01 July

RunSignUp is setup to only issue refunds using funds set aside in the Refund Reserve.

This ensures that refunds are issued only against funds which are settled and available. This is necessary because our two payment platforms handle funds for refunds differently and have different cutoffs for payment processing.

This can be found by navigating to Participants > Participant Management > Chargeback/Refund Reserve.

How to Setup Refund Reserve

If you have enabled any features that require funds for refunding such as Refunds, Referral refunds, Team Refunds, Bib exchange or Race exchange for your Race then your Refund Reserve will be set up automatically. By default the Refund Reserve will try to keep 5 x the amount of the most expensive race fee.

If you do not have Refunds enabled and would like to set up Refund Reserve, please enter an amount for the field "Additional Refund Reserve". See screenshots for Current Reserve Information below.

Current Reserve Information

Current Reserve: This is the amount you can use to issue refunds. Any leftover amounts will be released to you after Race day.

Required Reserve: This amount is the limit of which RunSignUp will auto-transfer transactions processed by your Race to the Refund Reserve in order to meet this Reserve amount. By default, if you have refunds enabled (referral refunds included), this amount is auto-calculated equal to 5x the most expensive event fee. Otherwise, please refer to Refund Reserve Calculations to find out how this amount was determined. In addition, this amount can also be increased by entering an amount on the Additional Refund Reserve field.

In the example above, this shows a Current Reserve balance of $0/$175 (Full Refund Reserve Balance). This means the Race cannot issue refunds due to a $0 Current Reserve and RunSignup will continually auto-transfer transactions to fill the Reserve to meet the limit of $175.

There are 6 options to add funds to the Refund Reserve:

1)  Carryover from Future Registrations
If the Race has refunds enabled, then the Approximate Reserve Reserve Hold amount will be 5x the most expensive event fee. If the Race does not have Refunds enabled and would like transactions from future registration carried over to the Refund Reserve, you can do so by navigating to Race Dashboard -> Participants -> Participant Management -> Refund Reserve -> Enter the appropriate amount under the Additional Refund Reserve field. All settled future transactions will be added to your refund reserve until the entered amount. When completed successfully, the additional refund reserve amount will be added to the Approximate Refund Reserve Hold amount.

2) Transfer Settled Amount to Reserve

If you have settled funds that have not yet been paid out, you can use this option to transfer those funds into the refund reserve. Enter the correct $ amount in the provided field and then click "Move to Refund Reserve". When completely successfully, the new amount will be added to the Current Race Refund Reserve amount. You can find your Settled Amount Waiting to be Paid on your Manage Payment Account Page.

Important: This option only applies to settled funds for the same Race. You are not able to transfer settled funds from a different Race using this option. Please see option 4 if transferring settled funds from a different Race.

3) Add funds via Credit/Debit Card
If you do not have available funds and do not expect to receive any further transactions but need funds in the Refund Reserve to issue refunds (Cancelled Races), then the next best option is to add funds to your Refund Reserve via Credit/Debit Card.

Race Dashboard -> Participants > Participant Management > Refund Reserve -> Add to Refund Reserve by Credit Card

Note: This option incurs the standard processing fee as shown here.

4) Transfer Money from Other Races

This option is only available if you own multiple Races that share the same Payment Account. This option can be found by navigating to Dashboard -> Participants -> Participant Management -> Refund Reserve. 

Select the appropriate Race that has available refund amount as shown under "Approx. Amount Available" > Enter the amount under "Amount to Transfer > Transfer Money.

Important: Please know that this option is only available to accounts with access to both the Race and Payment Account.

5) Mail RunSignUp a Check
We can manually add funds to your Refund Reserve once the check clears. This option is not as convenient as the options above but you will be able to avoid the standard processing fee incurred from Credit/Debit card transactions. Please send the check to:

300 Mill St. Suite 200
Moorestown, NJ 08057

Important: Please include a note with the Race name/number and indicate that the funds are for the Refund Reserve.

6) Send ACH deposit to RunSignup
This option is faster than mailing a check.  For more information, contact

Refund Fee

Each person within a bulk refund is counted as an individual refund. This means that if you have 10 people in a bulk refund, then the total refund fee will be $10.

Using the example below, if you would like to issue full refunds to 2 registrants that paid $20 each for a total of $40, you will need to add $42 dollar to the refund reserve. If adding the $42 to the reserve via credit/debit card, the total amount included the $3 processing fee will be $45.

Release Part of Refund Reserve

If you have available Current Refund Reserve balance and would like to release X amount before RunSignUp auto-release the reserve on Race day, then you can enter this amount using this option.

Please note that the system will continually refill your Current Refund Reserve balance from future transactions until your Approx. Refund Reserve Hold (aka the limit) is met.

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