Weekend At A Glance
At Pledge the Pink, we celebrate life. And we have a blast while doing it.
This weekend, the focus is on the love we share, our hope for the future, and our faith that if we continue to put one foot in front of the other we will reach the finish line- together!
Here is a summary of what to look for during our time together. Are you excited? We are!
We will gather to celebrate after each day’s race. These after-parties are very casual (smelly race attire) and you can choose any meal off any of the food trucks at Middleton Park. There’s a lunch ticket on your daily bib that you can exchange for the yummy food. Family, friends, fans, and supporters are all welcome to join the festivities and grab lunch for $15 per person. Please purchase extra lunch tickets here to ensure that we have enough for everyone. Feel free to bring a cooler for your post-race celebrations. Just please enjoy adult cocktails responsibly and respectfully (koozies, red cups, etc).
We will have bag drops available daily. Stuff a bag with your keys, a clean shirt, some flops, and your favorite koozy. Leave it with us at the start line each day and you can pick it up when you cross the finish line! Coolers must be left on golf carts or in cars. Coolers will not be accepted at bag drop.
Only ticket holders wearing official wristbands will be allowed to participate in bingo and sit under the big tent. If you do not have a bracelet, you can still come join the fun but you’ll have to watch from afar.
Please note that all bingo players must be 18 years of age and the show will contain adult content and language.
We will play four rounds of bingo that night and each game will have ONE winner. The first three games have a grand prize of $500 each and the last game will fork out $1000 to the lucky winner.
Join us for this new celebration where we will be releasing hundreds (or thousands?) of Monarch Butterflies on Oak Island. These large Monarchs are available for $12 each and will be released in mass at the end of the Survivor Celebration at Middleton Park on Friday, October 20. Buy one for a lost loved one, another in the name of special supporters, and another just because these things are big, beautiful, and help pollinate the world! Go here to purchase yours: https://pledgethepink.com/butterfly-release/ Last day to purchase is September 26, so get yours today!
We start on time so do not be late. Plan on arriving arrive at least 15 minutes before start so you can hear that day’s announcements and updates. Survivors line up in the front, followed by the runners, and then walkers. Survivors always start the race! The clock will start approximately two minutes later, so there is controlled chaos as the runners overtake the survivors. Please be safe and courteous as you pass.
- Friday start is 8am from Middleton Park
- Sat start is 8am from Middleton Park
- Sunday start is 7:30am from Middleton Park
Our courses will remain open and manned for four hours (five hours on Sunday). 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 (or 13 miles within 5 hours), please utilize the shortcuts.
We do not have manpower to drive you to a further point along the course, nor do we have the resources to keep volunteers and supplies on the course because you arrive 10 minutes late. Thank you for understanding.
We have most everything you need along the courses but most people do stuff their pockets or stash some goodies in their fanny packs. Please note that we are not passing out the cinch backpacks like we normally do with your swag. We have something better for everyone but it may not be big enough for all your stuff. 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.
Bandaids, bug spray, sunscreen… we’ve got it.. But you might want to lather up and throw a bandaid in your pocket just in case! Listen to your body. If you feel dizzy, weak, nauseous, overheated, or exhausted- tell the people around you and then sit your butt down in the shade. Notify the closest volunteer so we can have EMS come check you out- they will be on site every day. Call 911 for life threatening emergencies.
We have a wee obsession with flamingos. Not only because they are fun, but because in our world, they represent a life-saving donation. Our flock of flamingos will be set up in Middleton Park this year. Here’s a link to the history behind our flamingo obsession. And here’s a link to explain how Flocks of Love works.
We are so excited to offer these tribute signs again this year and we anticipate them being a tradition moving forward. For more info or to purchase a sign, please go here. These poignant signs will be placed on the beach on Saturday. And, just as a reminder, if you purchase a sign or if someone buys one for you, you may take it home with you after the race. Talk about a great keepsake! Last day to purchase is September 26, so get yours today!
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 $500 raised), your prize bags will be waiting for you at the Fundraising & Bingo tent at Packet Pickup.
Please note we will only give them to you- not friends or team members – only you. Your Thursday registration bib will have a tear strip to present at the prize tent 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 Saturday, Oct 1, and prize bags will be made based on those totals.
We are bringing our store items, including a few new goodies, so head over to our merchandise tent as soon as you arrive. Inventory is already very low on several items and we do not print any additional shirts, etc., so if you are reading this before September 14, we strongly encourage you to buy online while we still have some sizes/styles available
Merchandise will be open the following hours during event weekend:
The best reunion and welcome party on the planet! Come to the Middleton Park between 3-8pm to get all your event credentials and swag, and hook up with your 1500 BFFs. Enjoy the Newbie Zone, merchandise tents, arts & crafts, music, and lots of ridiculous games you don’t want to miss.
As is typical, parking is going to be tight at Middleton Park. Please walk, ride a bike, cram into a golf cart, or carpool with at least four people in a car. We will have signs and volunteers to direct you. Note: This will be true every day since we will begin and end each race at the park this year. Plan accordingly!
Our posse of professional photographers will be capturing our festivities all weekend long. We are talking thousands of top notch, high resolution Kodak moments! These photos will be available online within a few weeks after the event. We’ll send everyone an email with a link and you can relive the magic forever.
It should go without saying, but in order to participate in the three walk/runs you must be a paid registrant and wear your designated race bib. All our bibs are customized with your name and personalized race details. Each race day has a designated bib and you must be wearing the appropriate bib in order to participate on that day. If you can’t make it to Thursday’s Packet Pickup Party, a friend can get it for you OR you can pick-up your packet and race bib before each race at the start line.
We are raffling off the trip of a lifetime – a First Class Balcony Cabin for two on Celebrity Cruise! The big drawing will be held on Sunday, October 22 at Middleton Park on Oak Island. You do NOT need to be present to win. We will gladly call/email you with the great news!
We will also be doing our big 50-50 raffle all weekend long and the winner will split the big pot with us when we draw the lucky person’s name on Sunday. You can actually start buying your tickets now by going here
We have designated short cuts for those of you not able to do all the miles each day. 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 the allotted time, please take advantage of the short cuts. And be aware that our volunteers have the authority to redirect you to shorter cuts along the way if you haven’t gotten to certain locations by certain times.
This year’s theme is PIRATES! Dress up accordingly and have a blast!
We’ve created the courses and set the start times to take advantage of tides every morning, so y’all will have plenty of room to walk, waddle, run, shell hunt, and take tons of selfies.
We have plenty of pit stop stations along the route each day with water, sports drinks, snacks, and toilets. Feel free to bring your own water bottle and refill at these stations. Review the course maps/link so you are familiar with the distances in between stations: roughly every 2.5 to 3 miles.
If it is pouring rain, we walk. If it is snowing, we walk. If it is hot, we walk. If it is cold, we walk. If the sky is full of cicadas, we walk. We might have to delay a moment if there’s lightning in the area but bottom line y’all, the show goes on!
Survivors are asked to visit the Survivor tent at Packet Pickup to receive a special Survivor Swag Bag. Your Thursday bib will have a “Survivor” tear strip to present to the volunteers