Just as many are conceding to the fact that Vancouver has yet again become a “no fun city” numerous events filled with family fun are popping on my radar and this is another — and it’s for a great cause to boot.
Chip’s Not Dead Yet Memorial Mile on Flickr
Chip’s really not dead yet, so save the date as the second annual Chip’s Not Dead Yet Memorial Mile will be taking place June 20th, 2009.
For every dollar in proceeds of registration or sponsorship, Chip Wilson, the founder of lululemon has pledged to match their entry fee with a contribution up to $150,000 in support of BC Children’s Hospital and all kids who really know what an uphill battle feels like! Chip’s three-year plan is to raise $1 million dollars.
It’s simply a 1 mile run, uphill, in West Point Grey, that has various “waves” such as the elite wave (last year’s winner from Kenya took home a $20,000 prize) along with super fun and silly costumed waves such as superheros, uniform, underwear, rockstar (sponsored by 99.3 The Fox), and the brides — although you don’t even need to be an actual bride to sport a taffeta dress and take the run.
There’s also a contest this year to come up with your own themed run. Would you want to see a stream of pirates jogging by? Some robots perhaps? You can submit a video entry to the contest to suggest a wave and let them know what you’ll be wearing on race day.
But there’s much more to CNDY than the run, there’s also a family entertainment zone (at West 10th Avenue between Sasamat and Tolmie) and the best part is that proceeds go to support the BC Children’s Hospital. Being an auntie of 5, this is something I will always support.
“Children are precious and the most vulnerable members of our society. They rely on us to care for them.” [The Cause]
The group of people that are helping to get this event off the ground are committed to making it a success and getting the word out to the biggest audience possible. As such, they invited a handful of local bloggers to a special social media launch party this evening at the Loden Hotel where we got to learn more and also toss around a few ideas on how we can all help.