What Is the Delaware Charity Challenge?
The Delaware Charity Challenge is a hybrid athletic and fundraising event where teams are free to designate any charity they would like to support through their participation in the race.
In many ways, charities are already competing against each other (for time, talent, and treasury).
What is the Delaware Charity Challenge?
Delaware Charity Challenge is a centralized fundraising and athletic competition designed to give participating charities and teams the ability to access all the benefits of participating in a fundraising event, such as a 5K, without incurring the same overhead costs and logistical nightmares commonly associated with putting such an event together internally. The result is that participating teams (and nonprofits) can concentrate their fundraising efforts in a fun and compelling way. Delaware Charity Challenge is an effort by Innovincent and others to make traditional, individually-focused fundraising events, like a 5K, more team-based, efficient, cost-effective, and fun for everyone involved.
The Delaware Charity Challenge competitions are a win-win-win opportunity for any charity. Through the teams and the events themselves, charities have the opportunity to raise money and awareness for their cause. Leading up to the challenge, teams will race to raise the most money for the charity of their choice. The charities that raise the most money will win additional prize money for their charity. On the day of the Delaware Charity Challenge, teams will race to win, and the winning teams will win additional money for their selected charities. Nonprofits are encouraged to build and promote their own teams in the Delaware Charity Challenge.
In 2017, there will be two primary Delaware Charity Challenge events: the Spring Challenge, a 5K trail race and Adventure Challenge Relay, and the Winter Challenge, an indoor triathlon and scooter race. The First State Duathlon will be the official Summer Delaware Charity Challenge competition. We will also hold our first Delaware Charity Challenge 5K race in Kent County, which will have its own separate fundraising competition. The first Delaware Charity Challenge of 2018 will be the Winter Challenge.
Spring games: race to first 5K and Adventure Challenge Relay
The Spring Games consist of 5K trail races and a team based competitions, along with the Spring Race to Raise fundraising competition.
How it works: Teams will select their charity of choice when they register for the Delaware Charity Challenge spring competition. For the 2017 Spring games, the Raise to Raise competition will run from February 1, 2017 to May 6, 2017. During this time, teams are encouraged to raise money for their selected charity. All proceeds raised by the team go directly toward the selected charity. The three teams that collectively raise the most money during this period will win additional prize money for their charity. In the 2015 and 2016 Race to Raise, the prize pool consisted of $600 distributed to three charities (First place - $300, Second place - $200, and Third place - $100). Other supporters and sponsors provide additional prizes. For example, in the 2015 and 2016 Spring Race to Raise, the Wilmington Blue Rocks awarded advertising packages to the two official Delaware nonprofit teams that raised the most money. In the 2015 Winter Race to Raise and the 2016 Spring Race to Raise, 99.5 WJBR awarded marketing packages to the teams that raise the most money. We hope to have an even bigger prize pool and similar or additional awards for the 2017 Spring Race to Raise competition.
The 3rd Annual Delaware Charity Challenge Race to First and Adventure Challenge Relay will take place on May 6, 2017. Teams will compete in one of several race divisions, including a women's team 5k, a men's team 5k, a co-ed team 5K, a fun 5K run/walk, or the Adventure Challenge Relay race. Depending on the number of total runners, these divisional races may be combined or started in intervals. The winning team from each of the competitive race divisions will win prize money from the prize pool for their selected charity. In 2015 and 2016, the four teams that won the women's team 5K, men's team 5K, co-ed team 5K, and Adventure Challenge Relay each won an additional $100 for their designated beneficiaries. We anticipate similar prizes to be awarded as part of the 2017 competition.
The Delaware Charity Challenge spring races are different than the typical 5K charity runs for which you may have previously participated. Unlike these road races, the 5K races are trail runs with cross-country team scoring to determine the winners. The Adventure Challenge Relay is a team-based relay event like no other. In 2015, the Adventure Challenge Relay consisted of teams competing in one of four events: mountain biking, trail running, canoe race, and ziplining, with all team members then participating in two team challenges, a golf ball relay and a jigsaw puzzle. The 2016 Adventure Challenge Relay consisted of teams racing across a 5K course while completing different obstacles along the way. The 2017 Adventure Challenge Relay will consist of a combination of events from the 2015 and 2016 races.
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WINTER GAMES: INDOOR TRIATHLON AND SCOOTER CHALLENGE
The Winter Games consist of an indoor triathlon and scooter challenge, along with the Winter Race to Raise fundraising competition.
How it works: Teams will select their charity of choice when they register for the Delaware Charity Challenge winter competition. For the 2018 Winter Games, the Raise to Raise competition will run from October 1, 2017 to January 5, 2018. During this time, teams are encouraged to raise money for their selected charity. All proceeds raised by the team go directly toward the selected charity. The three teams that collectively raise the most money during this period will win additional prize money for their charity. As additional prizes are secured, we will post them online.
The indoor triathlon will be held throughout the day on January 6, 2018. There will be three events as part of the triathlon: run (on treadmill), row (on an erg/rowing machine), and bike (on a spin bike). Each of the run, row, and bike will be 15 minutes (5 minute transition time), and scoring will be based on the combined distance covered by the team depending on the race they are in. The triathlon will be divided into three competitive categories for both teams and individuals wishing to participate. The first category will be the Medley Triathlon. A triathlon team competing in this category will consist of three members, and each will be required to complete one event (run, row, or bike). Individuals are not eligible to compete in the Medley Triathlon. The second category will be the Run, Row, Bike Triathlon. A triathlon team competing in this category will consist of three members, and each will be required to complete each event. Individuals may compete in the Run, Row, Bike Triathlon without a team (although participating as a team is strongly encouraged). For the Medley Triathlon and the Run, Row, Bike Triathlon, there will be four divisions: women's, men's, co-ed 1 (2 males, 1 female), and co-ed 2 (2 females, 1 male), along with the overall winner (female and male) for the Run, Row, Bike Triathlon, based on the overall combined individual times. Teams may register more than one triathlon team to compete. As part of registration, teams will select three preferred time slots to compete, and we will do our best to accommodate everyone's preferences.
Each of the teams in the triathlon are eligible to have one representative compete in a separate scooter race, which will take place during the triathlon. The scooter race will be a 50 yard dash on a 2-wheeled scooter, and will be divided into various heats depending on teams and organizations in the competition (e.g., a nonprofit division, a family division, bank division, law firm division, etc.), with the winner of each heat advancing to a semi-final or final race. Within each heat, one person will get a short 1-2 yard advantage, with the advantage in the heat (and the semi-final or final) going to to the individual whose team raised the most money during the Winter Race to Raise fundraising competition.
For spectators (and participants), there will also be the Pursuit of Health and Wellness Expo to check out during the indoor triathlon.
Summer competition: First state duathlon
The Official Summer Event of the Delaware Charity Challenge will be the First State Duathlon, which will allow participants and teams to raise money for their favorite nonprofit the same way as the Winter and Spring Games. The First State Duathlon features a trail run, trail bike, trail run competition that will take place on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Bellevue State Park in Wilmington.
Delaware charity challenge: kent county
To help increase participation for those teams and nonprofits located in Kent (or Sussex County), we will be holding a 5K race on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Killens Pond State Park in Felton, Delaware. Teams and participants in this event will also be able to raise money for their favorite nonprofit in a separate Delaware Charity Challenge Race to Raise fundraising competition.
The Delaware Charity Challenge seeks to change the paradigm of how nonprofits look at fundraising events, such as a 5K race. Many nonprofits have a 5K with the goal of raising money and awareness for their cause. However, in most cases, these fundraising events leave the nonprofit either breaking-even or losing money, and this may be the case without factoring in staff and volunteers time spent in organizing and promoting the event. Our goal for the Delaware Charity Challenge is for nonprofits to reduce their time and energy spent on an event like a 5K. By partnering with the Delaware Charity Challenge, nonprofits will gain additional exposure to their organization, save on staff time, and potentially obtain a higher return on their investment with this type of fundraising event. More importantly, by different nonprofits forming teams and challenging each other to raise money under a common event, competitive synergies should be created such that all of the nonprofits that participate should benefit.