We like flair. Oh, do we ever!
We also like flattery, bribes (anything peanut butter), and laughter.
In organizing this event we decided to donate the proceeds to organizations that we believe in and that fit with our focus of this event -
Our first focus is to promote physical activity, so we figured it was natural to donate proceeds to our local YMCA's Healthy Kids Day. Our YMCA is amazing already, but to host a kids day to promote fun activities and try new snacks is a very worthwhile event! We are delighted to support kids and their families in health!
Second, our community food pantry shelves are bare. Food pantries are generally stocked from the central Food Bank but it's not the only way to fill the shelves! Communities can take donations directly to the pantry which can be much easier!
Our community gardens donate fresh produce through the summer to our food pantry - when it's open - which it has not been because there is not enough food.
See the problem?
This year we are adopting a practice from Chicago's Chiditarod event.
Each team is required to cross the finish line with 25 lbs of food.
(Chiditarod teams have a 55 lb requirement - WOW!
They also had over 150 teams in their event last year. Again - WOW!)
How you get the food into your cart is up to you. Collect it along the way? Pull it out of your trunk just before the finish line? Have your cheering section bring it to you? It's up to you. Be creative! We can recommend that canned goods will be easier than glass items or bags of flour that may get a hole.
Cans = good. Holes = not good.
(Glad we got that settled)
Any questions? Email us. If you are wondering, it's likely someone else is, too!