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Our Most Frequently Asked Questions
Can you explain the price?
We’ll play it straight with you: Pledge the Pink prices aren’t what they used to be.
We’ve grown, and so have our goals. And so have the economic hurdles of herding 1500ish people around 3 islands, over the course of 3 days.
We do offer early-bird discounts and incentives to sign up early, but when you consider the logistics, permits, and perks that go into a three-day, three-island, race… our full price is a steal.
We do it by constantly cutting overhead, soliciting sponsors anywhere we can get ‘em, and relying on a kickass force of dedicated volunteers.
Could we do it cheaper? Maybe. But not if we want to give you the one-of-a-kind race experience, that you’ve come to know and love.
And not if we want to meet our fundraising goals. We’ve got tons of money to raise. And every penny of our proceeds goes to meeting that goal and fighting breast cancer.
What’s included in my registration?
Four days of hope, inspiration, and seriously stunning courses. Training resources, confidence, and a few thousand new friends. The pride that comes with fighting for a cause, the satisfaction of doing a good thing…
Oh you mean, like, “the stuff?”
- A fun evening at our Thursday night Packet Pickup Party (waterfront sunset included).
- Post-race parties at each of our finish lines with live entertainment, a hot lunch (yes, REAL food), cold drinks (adult beverages are also avail!), and endless shenanigans that’ll make you pee yourself.
- An invite to our Thank-You-Can’t-Wait-To-See-Yall-Again beach party Sunday afternoon (a fun, relaxing beach day with all your new besties). Yes, a party after a party. Coz that’s how we roll.
- A style-defining swag bag complete with official event race hat, bib, and other pretty pink things you’ll love.
- The bling a weekend like this deserves: four gorgeous medals. One for each day, and a bonus 5” honker for those that tackle all 30 miles.
- Surprises. The good kind. Trust us, we’re full of ‘em.
Is my registration tax deductible?
Sorry, registrations aren’t tax deductible. It’s an IRS ruling and out of our control. While we give all proceeds from the event to the cause—registrations count as “payments,” not contributions.
Because your registration buys your participation in the event, it’s classified as a purchase, not a gift.
However, individual donations (made independently from your registration) are 100% tax deductible. See our Donation Page for more information.
Is there a discount for kids?
Children 12 and under receive a 20% discount, and any child under the age of 7 can register for just $25.
We’ve watched dozens of kids grow up in our races every year. Seriously empowering stuff.
And they love going back to school dripping in medals!
Is there a survivor discount?
Having survivors at our races is important to us, and we would absolutely love to give everyone discounts.
But the end of the day: our priority is the cause. And every penny of the proceeds goes there.
So we feel the best way to honor those who have been so personally affected by breast cancer, is to contribute everything we can towards putting an end to this disease. And we’ve made the (difficult) choice to cut discounts, with this in mind.
Where will I stay during race weekend?
Um, in paradise (aka the South Carolina lowcountry)!!!
More specifically: most people decide to stay on Hilton Head Island. There, you’ll find thousands of hotel rooms, beach houses, timeshares, and villas to choose from. The Palmetto Dunes, Shelter Cove, and Singleton Beach areas are probably the most convenient (tho a ton of people stay near Coligny).
It takes 10 minutes to get anywhere on the Island, so don’t worry about the exact location. Heck, there are lots of less expensive options in Bluffton and you’ll STILL be super close to everything.
The other option you might want to consider is staying at Fripp Island Resort on Thursday night, and then do HHI for Friday and Saturday (and maybe Sunday?) nights.
- This option makes a lot of sense for those of you driving to town, especially if you’re coming from I-26 or I-95 south
- Staying at Fripp Thursday night is generally cheaper than a night at HHI
- We will have a happy hour and (optional) dinner for those of you that choose to stay at Fripp Thursday night (wait until you see the sunset from our bar)!
- For those of you staying at Fripp, we will bring your race packets to happy hour on Thursday night so you have everything you need for Friday (we will coordinate this closer to the event so we know what packets to bring)
- Oh, and Fripp will give overnight guests a free golf cart!
TIP: Meet new friends in our Facebook group and consider sharing a luxurious mansion together (uh yeah, coz a lot of our beach houses here have 7+ bed/baths, private pools/hot tubs, gourmet kitchens, and lots of room to spread out). And they are cheaper than hotels. #truestory
More info here: https://pledgethepink.com/event
Budgeting for Your Weekend
About 75% of our registrants come from out of town (48 states and 14 countries in 2017!) They tell us that $300-$500 pretty much sums up your weekend expenses (especially if you buddy up on accommodations).
- Use our Facebook group to meet your new besties and save money by carpooling down here with folks in your area.
- Go in on a beach house or condo and save even more money– splitting up a bigger place that sleeps several people is much cheaper AND you can have breakfast and dinner at home vs going out to eat.
When should I get there?
Immediately. It’s beautiful here.
But in case that doesn’t work for you: you’ll want to be in town at least Thursday through Sunday of race weekend (Oct 25-28).
And you’ll probably want to stick around for our beach bash on Sunday (that’s the party after the other party). So yeah, try to stay until Monday if you can.
If you decide to stay longer, you’ll be in good company. Tons of our peeps stick around after the blisters have healed and make the best weekend of their life, the best week of their life!
Come on, you worked hard and kicked some serious cancer-butt. We sure think a vacation is in order.
We're driving in early Friday morning, can we meet you at Fripp?
Sure thing! We will have gate passes for you at the entrance to Fripp and they will direct you to the parking area closest to the start line. The race will start at 9:30am so please make sure you are at the gate before 9am.
How do we get from one island to the next?
You ask the best questions!
The good news is that all of our 2018 islands have bridges so we don’t have to worry about boats this year.
- Thursday night – park at Shelter Cove Towne Centre on Hilton Head for our Packet Pickup Party (in Waterfront Park). Note that registrants that stay at Fripp on Thursday night will enjoy a sunset happy hour party at the beach (and your packets will be waiting for you at check-in)
- Friday – park at the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head and we’ll take you to Fripp Island on our party buses (departing at 7:30 sharp! You can also drive there directly, if you want (but we are going to have sooooo much fun on the buses).
- Saturday – we’ll meet you in Old Town Bluffton (10 minutes from Hilton Head) for our 8am start. Easy peesy.
- Sunday – we’ll meet you back at Shelter Cove Towne Centre on Hilton Head for our 7am start. The finish line and after-party will be at the Omni Oceanfront Resort in Palmetto Dunes, and our shuttle buses will take you back to your car whenever you’re done. Sniff.
What are the hours every day? Is there a certain time limit to finish the course?
Due to transportation logistics and tides, we have varying start times each day. Click here for the times and course details.
You’ll need to be at the start line for instructions and announcements at least 15 minutes before START every morning.
Most people finish our 10 mile courses in 3 hours but you’ve got up to 4 hours to complete it, so enjoy!
And yes, we do offer short-cuts for those of you that want an abbreviated version of the fun!
The after-parties usually crank up 2 hours after the START and go for about 4 hours total.
Will there be water/snack/aid stations along the course?
Yup! We have water and snack stations along the routes. All our course amenities will be shown in detail on our course maps, which should be released in March. Our cool volunteers will have water, Gatorade, trail mix, fruit, frozen treats, salty snacks, Bandaids, sunscreen, and lots of high fives!
Will there be bathrooms?
We love to boogy, except when it’s the potty dance! We’ll have plenty o’ potties for yall!
And we try to maximize the use of REAL bathrooms at our public parks and golf courses as much as possible.
Can my friends & family come cheer me on?
Yes, we love friends and family! In fact, we probably have a few things they can do for us while you’re out beatin’ feet. See if they might be interested in volunteering for an hour or two.
Can I walk with a stroller?
As long as they have cute babies in them! We love showing the kids how cool Pledge the Pink is, and how even cooler it is to exercise and help people!
Please note that our Sunday course typically includes 5+ miles on the beach, so you might want to bring a beach stroller. Our beaches are hard-packed sands, but 5-7 miles with a stroller is a long way!
What if it rains?
If it is pouring rain, we are racing. If it is snowing, we are racing. If it is hot, we are racing. If it is cold, we are racing. If the sky is full of locusts (ha, or love bugs), we are racing.
A little rain won’t stop us but Pledge the Pink does have the right to delay, cancel, or suspend the race due to inclement weather or other potential safety risks (like lightning).
Is fundraising required?
Nope, not at all! But a lot of our registrants like to do it.
Some raise tens of thousands, and some raise a few hundred.
And some just want an easy way to make a small donation on their own.
Are donations tax-deductible?
Yup! Donors will get a tax receipt via email if they made a donation online.
For those donors sending a check, we will mail a tax receipt to the address listed on their check (or we can email it to them if they write their email address on the check).
How do I collect the money and get it to you?
We accept online donations via a fundraising platform called Qgiv.
Here is our “parent” fundraising page: https://pledgethepink.com/fundraising
From that home page, you can create your own fundraising page and ask your supporters to make secure online donations directly to your own page.
I have donors that want to write checks. To whom should they be made out?
Carolina Cups. This is our 501c3 entity (so donations are tax exempt)
Should I mail the checks or bring them with me to the event?
Great question! If you receive any checks prior to October 1, please mail them to us at:
c/o Pledge the Pink
PO Box 614
Bluffton SC 29910
Please bring any cash or checks you receive after that to us during event weekend (and thank you!).
Remember: all checks MUST be made out to Carolina Cups
Where do these donations go and how are the funds used?
Every single penny of your fundraising efforts goes directly into our Mammogram Fund, which covers the cost of screening for someone in need.
Did you know that $50 funds a mammogram? Which means that every fifty dollars you raise could save a life.
Our 2018 fundraising goal is to raise $100,000, which will provide 2,000 mammograms to women (and men) during the scariest 15 minutes of their lives.
And what about the whole flamingo thing? What's Flocks of Love?
For every $50 you raise, we will add a (plastic) pink flamingo to our beautiful Flocks of Love display.
Your bird(s) will proudly wear your name and personalized message, and heroically stand in our sea of pink flamingos in October.
Each bird represents one free mammogram. One life possibly saved.
It is a jaw dropping, and an intensely poignant display of honor and gratitude, knowing that each bird was adopted in dedication of a loved one.
Our Flocks of Love has held the Guinness World Record for several years. And with your help, we will shatter our previous records and our flock will stand 2000 strong this year.
A lot of people bring little birdie costumes to decorate and dress up their flamingos (it is hysterical)!
If you wish, you can take your flamingos home with you to give them to your donors as a thank you gift, or put them in your yard so you can see what a difference you’ve made.
Cool! I want lots of birds and I want to help a lot of women, so how do to set up a fundraising page?
Start by going to https://pledgethepink.com/fundraising. You’ll see a Donate Now button and a Create a Page or Join a Team Page button. Click that one.
Then follow the prompts to create a new account and you’ll be open for business in two minutes!
You’ll also have the choice of joining a team’s fundraising page or creating a page for your team (if you want to fundraise as a group).
And just in case you’re like me (not tech savvy in the slightest), here are short tutorial videos to walk you thru it: https://pledgethepink.com/donate/#howto
Do donations I receive on my individual page get tallied onto my team page?
Yup! Let’s say your personal page has a fundraising goal of $500 (thanks, by the way) and your Aunt Sue makes a $50 donation on your page.
You’ll see the thermometer rise on your page and on your team’s page and you’ll both be $50 closer to your goal.
How do I share with others?
Once your page is set up (it literally takes less than five minutes), you can paste your page’s URL link in a social media post and ask your friends to support you. Or you can send them a personal email and include your page link in the request.
Tell them why Pledge the Pink and the fight against breast cancer is important to you. People want to know your story!
Why did I receive a donation for a random amount (like $52.49 or $104.99)?
Your donors are asked if they want to cover the fees and processing charges for their donation. If they select “yes” to the Gift Assist button, an additional 4.9% will be added to their donation.
Otherwise, we fees are collected from the donation fund. Most donors select to cover the fee, but it is completely optional.
How can I see who made donations and how much money I’ve raised?
Log into your fundraising page with this link: https://pledgethepink.com/fundraising-login/ and see how awesome you (and your friends) are!
How do I add cash and check donations to my fundraising page (so my thermometer climbs)?
Log into your fundraising page with this link: https://pledgethepink.com/fundraising-login/.
Click on My Donations in the navigation bar (on the left). You’ll see a big button that reads “Add Cash or Check”. Click on that and enter the donor’s info and donation amount.
These will be added to your page as offline donations. Once we receive the checks, we will update your account so that those donations are confirmed.
Do you have any how-to videos?
Yup! We’ve got three quick ones to help you get started! Click here https://pledgethepink.com/donate/#howto and we’ll show you:
- How to set up your fundraising page
- How to create or join a team
- How to get donations
How else can I help?
We’re always looking for sponsors to help us offset Pledge the Pink event costs! Our sponsorships start as low as $500 and provide great exposure for businesses. Click here for more info: https://pledgethepink.com/sponsor-us/
We also need donations of various items throughout race day (water, snacks, tents, signs, etc.). If you know a person or business who might be willing to be a sponsor or donate items, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does Pledge the Pink fund things other than mammograms?
We sure do. Pledge the Pink supports the fight by funding biopsies, treatment, and research.
Every penny of our race proceeds goes straight to 501 (c)(3) nonprofits, such as the American Cancer Society, Mayo Clinic, Hollings Cancer Center, Volunteers in Medicine, Carolina Cups, Comprehensive Health Services, and countless other cancer-fighting beneficiaries. These dollars provide funding for heroic, budget-restricted, non-profit, service providers.
We also provide special grants to help with things like patient transportation to treatment, childcare/elder care during their appointments, home care, insurance co-pays, lymphedema support, and medications.
Quite simply, we fill the gap and help people that need it most. Without the red-tape and bureaucracy.
Who should attend Pledge the Pink?
Seriously. Pledge the Pink is for everyone who thinks cancer sucks. Bring your besties, bring your kids, bring your mom, husband, neighbors, boss, barista, high school crush, George Clooney.
(Please, please bring George Clooney).
Whoever you bring, form a team! All ages and fitness levels are welcome, supported, and encouraged, here. We don’t care if you run, walk, crawl, or push a stroller across that finish line (psst – short cuts are available with no shame attached!)
We just care about kicking cancer’s butt. Together.
And having fun doing it.
What other races do you have?
While our big 4-day love-fest in Hilton Head is our signature event, we produce multiple virtual races throughout the year. The fun, goofy, and casual races keep our flock active and help us raise money year-round.
In fact, we’re chasing a flamingo to the moon right now!
Join the fun, earn a super spiffy glow in the dark medal, and help us raise more money! https://pledgethepink.com/fancy-moon-back/
What is a virtual race?
They are pretty darn cool. We come up with unique challenges, create training schedules, and design the most awesome bling possible. You pay like $25 or $30 to register, you train your tail feathers off (using our private Facebook group for support and accountability) and then you do your “race” whenever is convenient for you. Walk it, run it, bike it, crawl it. Your race, your rules. We’ll ship your bling and you can upload your celebration selfie when it arrives. Click here for more scoop.
How else can I help?
Wow, super thoughtful of you to ask!
Signing up for Pledge the Pink is already a HUGE deal. And we’d be eternally grateful if you would recruit all your peeps to join you. The more registrants we have, the more money we raise.
Speaking of moolah, every year, our big-hearted pledges raise thousands more for the cause. Fundraising isn’t required, but it sure makes a big impact!
Any chance you (or someone you know) might want to sponsor us? We have sponsor packages starting at $500, and we also love to customize sponsorships for in-kind donations that help us defray event costs (water, snacks, portajohns, tent rentals, signs, etc).
We Pledge to create a premiere event, bringing people from across the country to our four-day walk/run celebration. We Pledge to support each other and embrace all fitness levels, providing a safe environment for everyone to give their best. We Pledge to provide non-bureaucratic funding for breast cancer screening, treatment, and research. We Pledge to crush goals, laugh uncontrollably, and celebrate survivorship. We Pledge to give you the Best Weekend of Your Life.