13th Annual Birthday Bash & Dash 5K & 1.5 Mile Run/Walk

to benefit Smiles for Sophie Forever

 

Welcome to the 13th Annual Birthday Bash and Dash! Again, we invite you to begin celebrating your freedom on the Fourth of July with us and help us realize the possibility of one day celebrating every child's freedom from pediatric brain cancer.

Like the last twelve years, the Birthday Bash and Dash is a great way to kick off your 4th of July holiday. However, our event is going to look a little different this year. Amidst the uncertainty in the world right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has greatly impacted our lives, the SFSF Board was forced to make a difficult decision. Normally during this time we are in deep with race and event planning. However, the current situation has forced us to reevaluate our plans.

We will be moving forward with our event, but we have decided to make it a virtual race. This means you can run, walk, and support our event from any location you choose, at any time you choose, and at any distance you choose. It you've never been able to attend our race due to our location in Ohio, this us your year! And for our dedicated supporters who have attended our race in person, you can still register, run or walk, and support SFSF! Although our lives have been put on hold, pediatric brain cancer has not, and we continue to receive family grant requests daily.

We realize the situation regarding COVID-19 changes daily, and we are keeping a plan in our back pocket. We have the option to work with Hermes to have a timed event that will start at Walker Road Park on July 4th, if things changes enough by then, and it is deemed safe to do so. It will look different than past years, but might allow us to see so many familiar faces joining together to celebrate Sophie's birthday and to support such an important cause. Information about this option will be forthcoming as we approach Sophie's birthday and as we are given updates.

The parts of our event that we cannot plan for are the kids' activities, our food tent, and our raffles. We rely on the donations from our friends and community to support these efforts, but given the current economic situation and the struggle many businesses are facing, we are unable to secure the necessary donations. IN addition, these activities require more than the recommended 6ft. distance and require a great deal of pre-planning.

We are hopeful that we will be able to come together in some way, shape, or form on July 4th to celebrate what would have been Sophie's 17th birthday, while raising much needed funds to fulfill the mission of the foundation that was started in her name.

Everyone who registers by June 14, will have their shirts delivered or mailed to them in time to wear on July 4. registrants on June 15 and after can also sign up to receive a shirt (to be ordered after July 4 and mailed when available) or all registrants can sign up and opt out of a race shirt.

This event is one of our most significant fundraisers of the year to support our three-part mission and we urge you to sign up if you are able to do so. We realize that many families are experiencing financial hardships, therefore we are offering a discounted family/group rate for up to five people.

The option to set up a fundraising page and raise funds as part of your registration is still open. And we need your help with this more than ever! It's easy to do and we are available to answer any questions you have.

Due to the potential of decreased participation, reduced sponsorships from businesses, lack of proceeds from raffles, food, and kids' activities, we are looking at the reality of a substantial decrease in profits. By fundraising you can really make an impact on the funds we are able to raise; and maybe you'd be willing to donate the money you might spend at the race.

As we well know, many of you have been affected financially by the pandemic; we understand and ask for whatever support you are able to give.

We can all band together -- from near and far -- to still make this event a success!

Stay safe and healthy, and thank you for your support!!

Deadlines:
Early-bird registration closes (guarantees t-shirt): June 14, 2020
Corporate sponsor/fundraiser advertising deadline: June 14, 2020
Mail-in entries: must be received by July 1, 2020
Online registration closes: July 2, 2020 (midnight EST)

Shirts:
All participants who register by the early-bird registration date of June 14, 2020 will be guaranteed a unisex race logo T-shirt (YS-XXL) that will be delivered or mailed to them in time to wear for the virtual race on July 4. So, be sure when you register online or via mail-in registration, you mark your size of 2020 Bash and Dash T-shirt! Only participants who sign up by the early bird registration date of June 14, 2020, are guaranteed a race T-shirt in time for the 4th of July. All others who register after June 14 can still sign up to receive a shirt, but the order will be placed after July 4 and shirts will be mailed when they are available. Or any registrant can opt out of a race shirt, choosing to donate the cost of the shirt back to SFSF.