‘Where’s Dopey?’ Virtual 5K Run/Walk for Autism Awareness

I mentioned in an earlier post that I was planning an event to help raise funds for Autism Speaks and hopefully get closer to achieving my fundraising target for the 2014 Dopey Challenge. I am pleased to share that the event is now live and the details are below:

This is a themed 5K run or walk with a fun challenge.  Everyone who enters by making a $25 donation to Autism Speaks receives a special themed medal. (The $25 fee covers registration fee, medal and shipping). You can sign up using this link.

Here is the medal (designed by the wonderfully talented Ruby Dee).

"Where's Dopey" Medal

“Where’s Dopey” Medal

Now here’s the challenge. Taking a lead from my 6 year old son’s ‘Flat Stanley’ school project, in addition to running or walking a 5K I am asking participants to take Dopey along with them (either a picture or a character doll) and take a picture and post it to my Facebook page. You can sign up early and do the run or walk anytime between now and July 31st. Just remember to send those pictures in by the end of the event.

The most creative or impressive pictures will be voted on for prizes.

I reached out to vendors whose products I regularly use who were willing to donate a product for the event. To date prizes include:


A selection of products from GU Energy (www.guenergy.com). Great products for long runs. I especially like the Peanut Butter flavor and Espresso Love. Also the Gu Brew tabs are great.

Nathan Performance Gear

A QuickDraw Plus from Nathan Sports (www.nathansports.com). I use a handheld for runs over 6 miles in the warmer weather as well as a Speed 2 and a Speed 4 belt depending on the distance and conditions.

One More Mile

A Marathon Cap from One More Mile (www.onemoremilerunning.com). You can read my review of their products here.

Pacific Health Labs

A sampling of nutritional products from Pacific Health Labs (ww.pacifichealthlabs). I use Accel Hydro after my runs. This and the Accel recover bars got me through the 2013 Goofy Challenge.


A SPIbelt (www.spibelt.com). You cannot carry everything. In races I dispense with a water belt and use this to carry my phone and gels.

I am hoping to add to this list as the event progresses. I will update this page as necessary if I receive any more vendor sponsors.

So, sign up, get out there and get creative. Most importantly have fun doing it 🙂

Thank you for supporting Autism Speaks. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

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