In an earlier post I mentioned that I had signed up once again to run for ‘Team Up for Autism Speaks’ for the 2015 Walt Disney World ‘Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge’. This will be my third year in a row running for this team. This year my wife will also be running with the team and we will both be ‘Goofy’ together.
As part of my fundraising activities, and with the success of last year’s “Where’s Dopey 5k” my wife and I are planning two events this year to help raise funds for Autism Speaks and hopefully get closer to achieving our fundraising goals. We are pleased to share that these events which are now live and the details are below:
‘Going Goofy 5K Run/Walk for Autism Awareness’
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 (international registration fee is $30 and includes additional shipping costs). You can sign up using this link.
Here is the medal (design is based on original artwork last year by the wonderfully talented Ruby Dee).
Now here’s the challenge. Taking a lead from my son’s ‘Flat Stanley’ school project, in addition to running or walking a 5K I am asking participants to take Goofy 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.
‘Secret Agent ‘005K’ Run/Walk for Autism Awareness’
This is another 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 (international registration fee is $30 and includes additional shipping costs). You can sign up using this link.
Here is the medal.
Now here’s the challenge. Whether you go undercover or are wearing your best evening wear you must take a photo of you or your running friends in your best secret agent action pose and post it to my Facebook page. Again, 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 for both events 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 signed copy of Hal Higdon’s recent book about the events of the Boston Marathon Bombing in April 2014.
Product from Tiger Tail, a rolling muscle massager (which I carry in my gear bag post marathon). It is an awesome product. Love it.
An ‘Autism Speak’s’ branded Sweaty Band. a great way to stay sporty and look good for a great cause. Stay sweaty!!
Some product from Lock Laces which is a brand I use on all my running shoes (my wife does too). I cannot say enough about this product.
A SPIbelt. You cannot carry everything. In races I dispense with a water belt and use this to carry my phone and gels.
Pacific Health Labs are providing some of their new Pina Colada ‘2nd Surge Energy Gels’. They sound yummy.
GU Energy are providing some sample packs (I hope that includes some of their Salted Caramel product).
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.
If you would like to support us in this cause please follow the link to our personal fundraising pages – Shari’s Page, My Page.
7 thoughts on “2 new virtual races/challenges to raise funds for Autism Speaks”
This sounds cool! I love the idea for the “Going Goofy 5K” race challenge! Very creative. I may just have to sign up soon!
By the way, I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award. You can check it out on my blog… http://whyirundisney.com/2014/04/30/the-post-about-the-liebster-award/
Also, congrats on your Marathon PR! Can’t wait to read the recap!
Hi! I am a runner signed up for the Goofy race, but unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to register through an organization. Since I can’t, I would love to help you from here. My friends are Alpha Xi Deltas and they support Autism Speaks. One of the sisters is a runner and recently had a horrible running accident when she fell off a bridge. I think it would be a great opportunity to merge supporting her and you guys for autism speaks. Please let me know if you’re interested. Just trying to help as many people as I can.
I live in Miami, Florida and my friends and I are Florida International University alums.
You can reach me on Facebook if you’d like. My name is Fabiola Zequeira.
Best of luck!
I ran my virtual 5k at Kandahar AB Afghanistan. Now i am at another base so i will do the Virtual Goofy and the 005k here. Hopefully i will see your team at the 2015Goofy