Here is a quick summary of our weekend. I hope you are as excited as we are.
Welcome to Hilton Head Island
Other than experiencing the island’s obvious beauty, one of the really cool things about doing Pledge the Pink on Hilton Head is we give you lots of free time to explore (and boy, is there a lot to do)!
We have hundreds of restaurants, a gazillion retail shops, dozens of spas, and an endless array of activities and attractions (did someone say sunset dolphin cruise?). Climb the famous candy-striped lighthouse, get a pedi, go zip-lining, and/or try to beat your fellow FlockStars at the go-cart track. Or just crash on the beach.
No matter how you spend your free time, we know Hilton Head will make you smile, gawk, ooh and ahh, scream with excitement, and unwind the entire weekend. Here are some recommendations, tips, and insider-information (including where to eat!) we’d like to share with you now. We will continue to add information to this section over the next several months.
We will gather to celebrate after each day’s race. These after-parties are very casual (smelly race attire). The awesome food is included for all our registrants. Family, friends, fans, and supporters are all welcome to join the festivities for $12 per person. Please purchase extra lunch tickets here to ensure that we have enough for everyone. Cash bars will be pouring at all the parties as well. Operative word there is “cash”… it makes the drinks pour faster!
We will have beer & wine available in Shelter Cove Park on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (yay, we raise more money for the girls)! If you want a liquor drink, you can cross the street and ask them to make you one in a “to go” cup and then you can come back into the park to join the festivities. Please note that we will be checking IDs and issuing nonrefundable drink tickets (but they are good Thrs, Fri (including Bingo), and Sat. We will accept cash (please) or credit card. Do not bring coolers to the park, they are prohibited and can get us in big time trouble. xo
On Sunday, the Omni will have several bars set up at our after party and they’ll be fully stocked with beer, wine, and liquor. They also accept cash and credit cards.
Our Drag Queen Games tickets go on sale September 1 and they will go fast. We only have 712 seats available so go here and sign up to be one of the first to purchase tickets. Only ticket holders will be allowed under the tent. If you do not have a ticket, you can still come join the fun but you’ll have to watch from outside the tent’s perimeter.
Please note that all game players must be 18 years of age. If you want to buy a ticket for a minor, that is fine; they can sit next to you under the tent but you will get two game cards and will be responsible for playing both cards.
If you want to purchase multiple game cards to increase your chances of winning, you may do that. Or you can purchase two cards and give one to a friend (they don’t have to be a registrant).
We will play four rounds that night and each game will have ONE winner. The prize is a cool $1,000 to the lucky winner (and you get your picture taken with Fancy)!
We start on time so do not be late. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before start so you can hear that day’s announcements and updates. Survivors will line up in the front, followed by the runners, and then walkers behind them. We will allow the survivors to start first and then officially start the clock approximately 90 seconds later, so there is controlled chaos as the runners overtake the survivors. Please be safe and courteous as you pass.
Our courses will remain open and manned for four hours. After that, we are required to break everything down and be off the roads, pathways, and beaches. If you don’t think you can complete the 10 miles within 4 hours, please utilize the shortcuts.
Remember, we do not have any vehicles or manpower to “sweep” you unless it is a medical emergency (and you should call 911).
We have most everything you need along the courses but most people do stuff their pockets or stash some goodies in their fanny packs. We encourage everyone to carry the following items, depending on how long you anticipate being on the course: sunscreen, bug spray/wipes, bandaids, gel pads, glide, cash, drivers license, phone/camera.
If you would like to receive the fundraising prize packages, please make sure you check the YES box in your dashboard. If you would rather NOT get the incentive prizes, please make sure you check the NO button. If you checked yes and you qualify for prizes (starting at $300 raised), your prize bags will be waiting for you at the FlockYard at Packet Pickup. Please note we will only give them to you- not friends or team members – only you. Your Thursday registration bib (new this year) will have a tear strip to present at the Flockyard for prize pickup. If we don’t see you Thursday, you can pick up your prizes after the race on Friday or Saturday. Fundraising totals will be calculated at midnight Oct 1, and prize bags will be made based on those totals. If you bring us additional donations at the event, and/or “Facebook proof of contributions”, we will add those to your totals and do our best to include additional prizes you might have earned.
The bicycle is the official vehicle on the island, as golf carts are not allowed in the resorts or on the roads or pathways. We strongly encourage FlockStars to rent bikes and cycle to/from the start lines (there are tons of bike racks everywhere).
If that isn’t workable for you then please make sure you carpool because there simply aren’t enough parking spots at our venues to accommodate all the cars. We request you pick up fellow FlockStars or ride with other new friends so there are a minimum of 4 people in the car when you arrive at the start lines. The island also has Ubers and taxis available; we encourage you to book these services a day or so in advance to ensure a ride.
Likewise, if you are flying into either Hilton Head (HHH) or Savannah (SAV) airport, you can easily catch a taxi or Uber to your accommodations (appx $13 from HHH or $70 from SAV). You can also coordinate with other FlockStars so y’all can save money and carpool (either via rental car or Uber/taxi) to your accommodation. We have a rideshare board that will help you connect with folks.
Enjoy a complimentary rubdown at the finish lines so you’ll be ready to do it again the next day! These same therapists are also accepting bookings for evening appointments. Book yours today! In addition to our masseurs, we’re also super excited to have staff from Stretch Zone at the finish lines so the lines will be short and you’ll feel like Gumby
We have designated short cuts for those of you not able to do all 10 miles. Please note: we do NOT have the manpower to pick you up whenever and wherever you feel like quitting (unless you require medical attention, of course). If you don’t think you can complete the course within four hours, please take advantage of the short cuts.
- Friday at the Port Royal Beach House you’ll take a shortcut to the beach and head to the finish line; this abbreviated course is 7.5 miles.
- On Saturday you’ll turn around at the first pitstop (MM 3.3), and take a more direct route back to the finish line at Shelter Cove; this is approximately 6 miles.
- Sunday’s shortcut is 5 miles on the beach: you’ll simply walk down to the rocks where volunteers will direct you to turn around and come back to the Omni finish line.
- FRIDAY – 8am at Chaplin Park (11 Castnet Drive)
- SAT – 8am at Shelter Cove Community Park (39 Shelter Cove Lane)
- SUN – 7:15 am on the beach in front of the Omni’s Shore House (23 Ocean Lane)