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Here’s your chance to help shape up the finances at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) at the same time you’re shaping up for summer!
We invite you to join us and show the world your support for HBCUs and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) by walking, running or riding as many miles as you can during the month of May. You’ll be in great company with thousands of other community-minded fitness enthusiasts, couch potatoes, and endurance athletes who want to get up, speak up and get moving in order to make a positive difference.
With your registration, you’ll receive a cool and comfortable HBCU FundFest participant t-shirt and a one-of-a-kind finisher’s medal in the form of a brilliantly blingy “HBCU Class Ring” (These will be collector’s items, so don’t miss year-one!). You’ll also get a virtual race bib, finisher’s certificate and “goodie bag” from our sponsors!
The events of 2020 put a significant strain on the funding for all schools, but especially for Black Colleges, and in 2021 the need has never been greater. To help spread the love (and the funding) we encourage you to invite your friends, family, and co-workers to join in the fun!
Proceeds for this event will go directly to our charity partner, Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), who will distribute the funds, plus all private and corporate donations, to the HBCU community based on their professional assessment of the greatest needs.
Established in 1987, TMCF is the only national organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. Their 47 member-schools include publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) across the country and are a critical source of higher education for all students. More than 80% of all students enrolled in HBCUs and PBIs attend TMCF member-schools, including 15 accredited engineering schools, six law schools, five pharmacy schools, and a host of undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, mathematics, and engineering. TMCF member-schools are located in 22 states, the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands. These schools primarily serve students from low-income and underserved communities, with over 72% of public HBCU students being Pell Grant eligible (with a family income of under $20,000), and 97% seeking some form of financial aid, indicating low to moderate family income. Additionally, over 52% of HBCU students are the first in their families to attend college.
With the generous contributions of corporate partners and philanthropic individuals, TMCF supports its member-schools and the broader community of nearly 300,000 students across the Black College Community. TMCF assists these institutions with producing quality community-minded graduates, presenting industry-supported professional development and capacity-building strategies, and directly placing hundreds of HBCU graduates in economically sustaining careers while supporting thousands more in career readiness.
TMCF serves an essential role in providing educational access, recruiting diverse talent for career opportunities across the country, and providing leadership development training. Their model produces the next generation of entrepreneurs, teachers, community and corporate leaders who are ready to change the world and follow in the trailblazing footsteps of the organization’s namesake, Justice Thurgood Marshall.
All active HBCU schools and many other Social & Fundraising teams are already set up set you to choose from if you wish to run as part of a group. If you don't find your crew, feel free to create your own HBCU team (i.e. fraternity or sorority within a school, your local or national run or cycling group, your workplace, or even within the neighborhood!
• By creating a Social team for participation, activity tracking, and results you will automatically and simultaneously by creating a Fundraising team.
•. Registering as a Solo registrant does also allow you to create a Fundraising team.
Check the Solo and Team leaderboards for Results on activity miles logged as well as for Donations generated through fundraising.
Log your run finish time(s) in your RunSignUp profile for the FundFest Challenge!
You will receive a reminder email just before the start of the event that contains a direct link to post your results. These instructions describe two of the easiest ways to log your miles.
From the RunSignup Race Page -- Navigate to the RunSignup race page > select the Results tab > select Submit Virtual Result. Search for your registration, select Submit Virtual Results > select your activity>enter in your miles > select Submit/Update Results.
From Your RunSignup Profile -- Navigate to your RunSignup profile by selecting the Profile Icon at the top right hand corner. Under your Upcoming Events > select Submit Virtual Results > enter in your time > select Submit/Update Results.
When you are in the RESULTS page, search for / click on your name. Once you load miles in an activity and get a Success message, you can see yourself in the roster, edit or update with a new activity and miles, all for yourself. And sending results up can be completed quickly without a full log-in by entering your E-mail or last 4 digits of your phone number!
For convenience, RunSignup supports the ability for participants to submit virtual results manually, or by uploading their GPS activity recorded while using third party types of tracking tools. (Two very common formats of data are GPX and FIT, which services like Garmin and Strava use to store activity data.) Personalized data will automatically fill in, including the Distance, Date, Elevation Gain, and Time fields from the activity file being submitted.
More details here - https://runsignup.blog/2020/06/24/raceday-virtual-results-now-supports-personal-gps-activity-submission/
AND -- All activity progress results can always be manually posted.
Black Raven Endurance Collective is a Black, disabled veteran-owned business on a mission to help bring more equity, inclusion and economic opportunity for people of color within the endurance sports community. The inaugural HBCU FundFest Virtual Walk/Run/Ride event is the brainchild of our co-founders, two of whom helped create the ground-breaking Civil Rights Race Series, and the One Million Miles for Justice virtual event. Black Raven Endurance Collective is building a network of like-minded individuals, companies and organizations to incubate and accelerate opportunities for BIPOC within our industry.
We invite you to join us!
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