The 2nd Annual 5K and Adventure Challenge Relay is next Saturday, April 30!
Only 11 days before the 2nd Annual Delaware Charity Challenge Race to First 5K and Adventure Challenge Relay, which will start on Saturday, April 30 at 9 a.m. at Brandywine Creek State Park (41 Adams Dam Road in Wilmington). As of this morning, the teams have raised nearly $15,000 for different nonprofits as part of the Race to Raise fundraising challenge!
We have featured all of the teams over the past week on our Facebook and Twitter pages and hope this has helped raise awareness (and money) for your causes. Feel free to like and share those posts to drive people to your fundraising pages and make a donation. You can see the list of all of the different charities the teams have selected here on the Delaware Charity Challenge website our our Crowdrise page.
If you are looking to run or walk in the race on April 30 for a specific team, you will need to pre-register by next Tuesday, April 26. While we will take registrations after that, we will be assigning those runners to the Open 5K division and their scores cannot be counted toward any specific team's total in the competitive races. You can register for the 5K here and for the Adventure Challenge Relay here.
We will be making additional announcements over the next few days, so please follow our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram feeds for the latest info.
Team Veritext remains in first place with with more than $5,000 ($5,650) raised for Ministry of Caring. Less than $200 separates the next four places, and many other teams are also moving up the leaderboard. Team Second Wind Fund has moved back to second with $1,805 raised for the Second Wind Fund of Boulder County. Team Cure Sanfilippo Syndrome is right behind in third with $1,800 raised for Team Sanfilippo Foundation. Team OperaDelaware and Team End Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy are in fourth and fifth with $1,775 and $1,675, respectively. The total raised so far between fifteen teams (representing 14 different charities) is $14,931 as of 9:30 a.m. this morning.
The Race to Raise will continue until April 29 at 11:59 p.m., the day before the race. You can see the status of all teams or donate to any of them by clicking on the blue donate button on their team pages here. Team pages will remain active until the end of May for anyone who still wishes to donate after the Spring Race to Raise ends.
With only two weeks in the fundraising competition to go, your best bet at this point is to regularly post and email your team fundraising link and encourage people to donate and why you are supporting that organization. By posting your team specific URL from Crowdrise (or the general URL: www.crowdrise.com/challengeDE) as a social media status update on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter, your friends and followers just need to click to donate.
Feature: Blue Rocks Grand Prize
Our top fundraising teams are vying to win three grand prizes in addition to the cash prizes awarded from the prize pool, from the Wilmington Blue Rocks, WJBR, and DETV. We will feature each of these prizes over the next three weeks. This week we feature the Wilmington Blue Rocks, one of our prize sponsors for the Delaware Charity Challenge Race to First 5K and Adventure Challenge Relay.
The official nonprofit teams are eligible for the Blue Rocks prize, which is a digital commercial prize featuring the team that raises the most money through their Delaware Charity Challenge team fundraising page by the end of the Spring Race to Raise competition. For the nonprofit team that raises the most money, the prize will include a half-page ad in the Blue Rocks' game day program for the remainder of the season and also two thirty-second radio spots during the Blue Rocks radio broadcasts for the remainder of the season. In addition, at a future game of the nonprofit's choice (subject to availability), the nonprofit will get the use of a luxury suite (including twenty tickets and ten parking passes) and will receive some promotion at that game as well, including an on-site marketing display. For the nonprofit team that raises the second-most money, the prize will include a quarter-page ad in the Blue Rocks' game program for the remainder of the season as well as ten field box tickets at a future game of the nonprofit's choice (subject to availability) and similar promotion at that game, including on on-site marketing display. These prizes will be in addition to the cash prizes that are also awarded as part of the Delaware Charity Challenge prize pool.
We hope this wonderful prize (and our other prizes) provide some additional incentive to help your teams raise as much money as they can for your favorite causes.
To help the teams raise money for the causes near and dear to their hearts, and also win one of these great prizes, click on the blue Donate button on their team page at www.crowdrise.com/challengede.
Details for April 30
Just a reminder that we've put some of the details of the day (including the course map) here: Race to First 5K.
Registration will start by 8 a.m. and the 5K and Adventure Challenge Relay will start at 9 a.m. We expect awards to take place by 10:30 a.m. Rocky Bluewinkle will also be there that morning.
Brandywine Creek State Park is located at 41 Adams Dam Rd. in Wilmington. The park will be charging cars as they enter if you don't have a state park parking pass. They charge $4 for in state cars and $8 for out of state cars.
Swag: All runners are part of their registration will receive a t-shirt, a swag bag from Delaware Sports Commission, and a Delaware Charity Challenge frisbee (pictured on the left). WJBR will be there with music and other giveaways as well. Winning teams in the various competitive race divisions will win prize money for their charities and also other cool stuff, which will be announcing next week as it gets finalized. If you have any questions in the meantime, just email us.