Monday, May 28, 2012

Announcing the Donut Dash!

Before we had kids, Chuck and I would talk in bed before we actually fell asleep. Of course now that we have kids (and especially since our early early riser Ollie arrived) we are practically snoring as we brush our teeth. But the other night my brain wouldn't turn off and so I talked and Chuck mumbled responses. What brilliant idea did we come up with in our half-asleep state?

The Inaugural Donut Dash! (I don't change font sizes very often, so you know it's a big deal when I do.) Not unlike the great idea of the quiet book swap or the Pi Day 2015 party, this is a fantastic idea. Hear me out.

Because I'm still bummed that we were snowed out of the doughnut race in North Carolina many moons ago, I've been trying to think of a way to do it on our own. And Eureka! I've got it.

What: A 5K run/walk event. There will be donuts and cider at the middle and at the end. There will be t-shirts. There will be a finish line. There will be a race photographer. This is a real race!

Who: Everyone! Let's make this a destination race people, so start planning your vacations now! It is even family-friendly.

When: Conference Saturday, October 6th, 9:00 a.m. We picked this date/time because people are likely in town and without plans that morning since we know that come noon, most of our friends will be at the Stake Center or at home watching conference. Perfect, no?

Where: Probably Winding Creek Park, right on Rock Creek Trail. We'll start at the park, run out the 1.55 miles, each a bunch of donuts, turn around, and end up at the park for the post-race festivities! There's even a playground for the kiddos!

Why: Because it's freakin' awesome. There will be awards. Maybe even an award ceremony with medals (but not ones made of actual metal).

But here are the questions for you. First, would you come to our running race and actually run? Clearly it's just an excuse to have a party with friends, just with running involved. And second, would you pay money for this? If I did shirts AND donuts AND cider, if there are even twenty runners, it'd cost around $100, a cost I'm just not willing to shell out for a party. (Not that you shouldn't, I'm just cheap and don't see that happening.) So what would you pay? And would it feel weird to pay your friends money to go to their party? I'm still not sure how I feel about that.

Still, despite the questions, this is a super good idea, right?! Of course right!

*Other events of the day include the Toddler Twinkie Trot and the Cupcake Crawl. Come let your little ones engage in the fun too! This is definitely a family-friendly race!


  1. oh man, this is really great! i so love it. i have always dreamed of doing/organizing a race. do you know what ben and i jokingly came up with years ago? a valentines' day run - you have to run with your "lover" and hold hands the hold time. pretty great, too, eh? :)

    and OF COURSE i would do it if i lived within an hour or 2 of you. :) and i would totally pay money and not at all feel weird.

    your friends better do it out there - seriously! it sounds like a wonderful family fun time. i love the trot and crawl, too.

    you so have to do it!

  2. You are giving me so many reasons to want to come back, besides just bein your friend! I love this idea and Jon would even do it. We would for sure pay for it (and we don't even have a job, that's how much we love it!) So go through with it and I'll be crossing my fingers that we'll be back by then.

  3. TOTALLY. I wish we were close enough to COME and participate. I think it's beyond fair to pay.........We have families that rent out facilities all the time and send a mass invite via text or email with a price per family attached if you want to come, which makes perfect sense to me!!!

    DO it. I can't wait to READ all about it!!!! GOOD LUCK.

  4. oh my gosh this is awesome. It's the same day as my 10th high school reunion! (not that I'm going; not that I'm not). But awesome!!! I want to be there!!! but could I??? not sure. Great Idea though. very very good.