It’s been soooooooo difficult keeping this all under wraps, but let me tell ya, I am so thankful for all the help that you all have given me in spreading the word and sharing the love with our very first returning prize sponsor, Sport Hooks! Thanks to their generous support, we’re kicking off this year’s #CupcakeMeetups with a BANG – a giveaway bang, that is!
So, before I get to the BIG news (wait, more big news?!?!) and details about the #CupcakeMeetups, here’s the skinny on the sweet “Coast to Coast” Medal Hanger – all you have to do is comment on this post (as outlined below, check out all the opportunities for multiple chances to win)!
1. Comment once to let me know if you’ve ever done a runDisney “Coast to Coast” race challenge.
2. BONUS ENTRY 1 – If yes, tell me what races you ran, and what year. If no, tell me, which races would you pick.
3. BONUS ENTRY 2 – Did you LIKE and SHARE Sporthooks on Facebook? Honor System! Comment here and let me know!
….so, back to the announcement!!
For the past two years, I have helped plan fundraiser “Cupcake Meetups” during select runDisney events, including the 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend and the 2014 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend.
It all started out as a simple idea – meet up with friends, eat cupcakes, and raise money for a great cause! Much to my surprise, the event really took off, and since our first event, we’ve generated enough income to donate more than $1,500 in proceeds to charitable causes. Each event has featured a title charity, and donations are made toward a member of the running community raising money for a cause dear to their heart. In 2013, we helped Rachel Sullivan fundraise for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through the St. Jude Heroes program, and in 2015, we were able to assist Meredith Schechter raise money for Noah’s Light Foundation.
In response to popular demand, I’m bringing this event to both coasts this year, with two hosted events at the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland, as well as the Wine and Dine Half Marathon at Walt Disney World! Additionally, for the first time ever, there will be opportunities for “virtual” meetups for participants around the United States (and the world!) to get involved!
I am also extremely pleased to announce that the charity that will be benefitting from this year’s dual fundraising events is TEAM PAWS Chicago, which benefits PAWS Chicago, a national model and the Midwest’s largest No Kill humane animal shelter. Together, with title sponsor DVC Central, we are dreaming big and hoping to raise more than $1,000 to assist our friend Justin Stone save 2,000 or more cats and dogs this year as he trains and fundraises for the 2015 Chicago Marathon – so this year, we are SO excited to share that our #CupcakeMeetups have officially become PAWESOME – and will henceforth be referred to as the 2015 #PupcakeMeetups!
Registration for all three events will open on TUESDAY, April 7th and will be $25 per person. All previous participants from the last two years will receive emails over the weekend with a special promotion code for 20% OFF, as a special thank you for continuing to support the #CupcakeMeetups!!
So, again – thank you SO much!! I am bouncing off the walls with happiness (just ask Dug and Cosmo!)
Questions? Email khiguchi at gmail dot com, tweet me at @krissymmurphy, or post your question in the all-new CupcakeMeetup group on Facebook!