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Join your fellow beer loving, life of the party going, over the top underachievers for the 2nd Annual 0.5k in Downtown Huntsville on March 16th - all to raise money for one very special Gold Star Family. This event is presented by the Mojo Radio Show and Canvas, Inc. Thank you to our event and beer sponsor Humphrey’s!
We know what you're thinking. A 0.5k? How FAR is 0.5k? Do I really HAVE to run? What's REALLY happening?
The course is 0.5k or 0.3 miles or 500 meters, or 1,640.42 feet, or 19,685 inches or something like that. We didn’t really measure it. You can walk, skip, leisurely stroll, roller skate, or whatever it takes to cross the finish line. Just make sure you don’t spill your beer.
You have three options for tickets:
Did we mention we’re the Official Sponsors of St. Patrick's Day?
The 0.5k conveniently happens to be scheduled on St. Patrick’s Day, so we’re claiming the official sponsor rights. What does this mean for you? It means, starting at 9am we’re closing off Washington Street between Clinton and Holmes for a block party like you’ve never seen.
You’ll want a party spot to pitch your pre-race and post-race recovery tent, so make sure you register as a Corporate Sponsor to get this perk. Plus, you’ll be the only ones that can say “meet me at our tent” for total St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans.
The parade goes down Jefferson Street, so we’ll pause the party happenings for all to watch the parade go by. Keep in mind - as soon as the parade ends we’re rolling into serious race prep. So be ready.
Want to know more? Yeah, we do too. Here’s what we’re calling Race Details!
The course is strenuous, but we feel with proper training (hint watch training video) you’ll be able to partake in race day activities. We’ll start at the corner of Washington and Holmes, taking a left onto Holmes, then a left onto Jefferson. This is the toughest stretch – measuring a whole 200m. To ensure you can make it, we’ll have cheerleaders encouraging you along the way. They may just be tourists, but hey you call them what you want. We’ll hang a left onto Northside Square before making the final left back onto Washington where you’ll see the finish line at the intersection of Washington and Clinton. Here's a picture of the course.
We’re estimating it will take you 10 minutes (if you walk like your grandma) to do the course. When you pass through the finish line in a blaze of glory, you'll return to the block party where you’ll want to relive the experience, brag to your friends, take selfies to post on social media, "I DID IT!!! I'M A FINISHER!! LOOK AT ME!!!"
Conveniently, Humphrey’s has great race day beer specials for your amazing participation.
Still not convinced this is the most epic thing ever? Did we mention…
You want some swag? Then listen up!
Why are we doing this? To raise money of course.
We know you think it’s all just about beer, and that’s cool, but the one thing we aren’t making light of is our cause of choice. Every dime we raise will go to support Lori Woeber - a local Gold Star Widow here in Huntsville. In case you don’t know, the term Gold Star describes a family member who has lost a loved one in military service. Lori lost her husband CW3 Brian Woeber in a helicopter training accident off the coast of Oahu in August of 2017.
Both Brian and Lori are from this area, so after the one-year anniversary of the crash Lori packed up her three sons (Jacob 16, Nathan 13, and Owen 11) and moved to Madison. Both Jacob and Owen have high functioning autism, which means as a single mom Lori really needed the help and support of both her family and Brian’s.
It has been 17 months since the accident, and the Woeber family is still reeling. "I don’t think the truth of our loss has completely sunk in. In some ways it feels like just another deployment and that Brian should be walking through the door at any minute," explained Lori. "The move to Madison has been difficult. It was very hard to leave our friends and support system in Hawaii. My husband’s unit had become a second family to us. They had been there through the 14-day search for survivors and cried with us when the news finally came in that there were no survivors and very little remains."
On a financial note, the Woebers are still not receiving all of their survivor benefits from the military. "We are receiving enough to get by, but we must live carefully, and I have to dig into our savings or borrow from our parents if anything unexpected comes up," explained Lori. "I have a very hard time asking for and accepting help, I am grateful there are people out there who do not forget the military families who continue to suffer and struggle for years after the loss of their loved ones."
So now, the part you've been waiting for. How much IS this race??
$25 – The Baseline Ticket
Congratulations you’re a part of the most epic thing you will ever do. To reward you for your efforts, you will get a T-Shirt, a 0.5k Sticker, a medal and the feeling of knowing you did something really great for someone else.
$35 – The Sprinter’s Challenge
Congratulations you’re one step ahead of the rest of us – you actually like to run. Sure, the Sprinter’s Challenge is just a bit more, but that’s okay because you’re a bit extra anyway. To reward you for your serious athleticism, we’re going to let you go first. If you’re awesome enough to sprint it, your awesome enough to do it while holding your beer. That isn’t s suggestion, but an expectation.
The winner of the Sprinter’s Challenge will get some serious bragging rights. You will also get a T-Shirt, a 0.5k Sticker, a medal and the feeling of knowing you did something really great for someone else.
$50 – The VIP
Congratulations you’re more important than all of us – you’re a VIP. If you like the thought of being ushered in style on the Rocket City Rover Party Bike, then this option is for you! You and 13 of your BFF’s (aren't we all BFF's after a few beers??) are going to make history by participating in the race without ever putting your feet to the pavement.
In case you noticed, the VIP option is just a tad more, but that’s okay because you’re really all about supporting a good cause and that alone is worth being a VIP. However, because you’re such a VIP, you’ll not only get a ride on the ALL NEW Rocket City Rover, you’ll also get a T-Shirt, a 0.5k Sticker, a BIGGER medal and the feeling of knowing you did something great for someone else.
Give us a donation
Love what you see but you’re super sad you can’t make it? Don’t worry, this is a fundraiser and you can still participate by clicking the donate button. You'll get the ultimate prize of knowing you did something really great for someone else.
Still have questions? Here's a few answers...
Is this a family friendly event?
You bet it is. We all have kids too. The only thing the kids can't do is drink the beer because well that's illegal.
What is there to do at the block party?
The better question is what isn't there to do!! We'll have all sorts of games and activities, but just to name a few - musical chairs, beer pong, giant jenga, heads or tails, cornhole, and a whole lot more.
Do I have to pay to come to the block party?
Nope! The block party is open for anyone to partake. You do however have to pay to participate in the 0.5k. However, you will want to bring some extra $$$ though because this is a fundraiser and we'll be asking for donations! Come prepared to party and give!!
Still have questions?
Want to know how to get more involved? Or better yet, do you want to be a sponsor? Send us all your questions. We can’t promise we’ll know the answer, but we’ll promise we’ll get back to you.
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