Chip's Not Dead Yet Memorial Mile – Save the Date

Comments 6 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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.

chips not dead yetIt’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.

Chip's Not Dead Yet Memorial Run - Social Media Launch
Chip Wilson and me

You can register for the run, become a fan on Facebook, enter the theme contest, check out the video from last year, or follow their updates on Twitter to participate or simply help spread the word.

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  1. rachael chatoorThursday, February 19th, 2009 — 8:18am PST

    Nice Rebecca, I recall this from last year. I couldn’t go because I had a gig, but this year there may be time to save the date, hmmm, I wonder if they have thier entertainment lined up yet? I used to play the Sun Run years ago.

    I love this for the costumes, SO much fun and SO much spirit!

  2. Miss604Thursday, February 19th, 2009 — 8:21am PST

    I know they have entertainment but not sure if they have anything lined up yet – might be worth looking into, Rachael 🙂

  3. Fun Run Roundup for Spring 2009 » Vancouver Blog Miss 604 by Rebecca BollwittMonday, April 6th, 2009 — 5:12pm PDT

    […] Chip’s Not Dead Yet Memorial Mile Location: West Point Grey When: June 20, 2009 Distance: 1 mile, uphill Benefiting: BC Childrens Hospital Foundation […]

  4. Chip’s Not Dead Yet Memorial Mile – Update » Vancouver Blog Miss 604 by Rebecca BollwittThursday, June 4th, 2009 — 6:02pm PDT

    […] a few weeks away and things are heating up for this fun run. Way back in February you were asked to save the date for this special event that benefits the BC Childrens’ Hospital and as we get closer to the […]

  5. robSaturday, May 22nd, 2010 — 11:54am PDT

    Too bad there is no chips run in 2010. I like the idea of putting support to kids hospital but no way will I be up at 8:30 on the weekend whereas I would be there for the afternoon chips run. Also the chips run is/as fun for many families.

    I’m just not sure how smart of a decision this was. Maybe the chips run did not raise loads of money but it was fun and unique. There are so many runs/walks in vancouver to raise money but they are all boring compared to a costumed run/walk.

    Here’s to hoping to see the memorial mile back in 2011!

  6. RunningManSunday, May 23rd, 2010 — 12:15am PDT

    Just found out there won’t be the crazy Chips Memorial Mile this year but rather the Child Run on June 6 at 9AM instead. The first two years were very sucessful but not sure why they decided to stop this year? After all the year 2010 is memorable for Vancouver, the Olympic to say the least. Sorry I won’t participate in the Child Run because last couple years I was running in my underwear which was so much fun. It won’t be appropriate for me to don my underwear among so many kids. It is a pity really…

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