Our 2020 event is October 15-18 and will be based at Fripp Island Resort which is located midway between Charleston and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
FACEBOOK CHAT CLUB
• 3 lunches/brunches at our finish line parties
• Thousands of professional photographs & videos (you’ll get free access to them all)!
• 4 medals and a swag bag stuffed to the brim
• 4 rockin parties with live entertainment & beachside boogying
• 4 days of jammed packed activities before and after the races (or you can do nothin at all)
• The biggest flamingo birthday party in history
Click here for more info: https://pledgethepink.com/blog/what-does-my-registration-fee-cover/
WHEN TO GET HERE & HOW LONG TO STAY
Thursday is our big Packet Pickup & Welcome Party that goes from 3-8pm at the Beach Club on Fripp Island. Our Sunday course is also on Fripp and most people will cross the finish line by 11ish and the celebrating will go well into the night. Many people actually extend their stay until Monday!
Fripp Island is about a two hour drive from Charleston, SC and approximately 90 minutes from either Savannah, GA or Hilton Head Island, SC. These would be the best airports to use if flying.
Our flock will be flooding all three airports so don’t worry about renting a car – most of our travelers coordinate carpools and ride shares (using our Facebook group travel page). And once you arrive at Fripp, you will find most people get around on foot, bike or golf cart!
Lots of people also carpool from as far away as Chicago, driving together with new friends they meet on our Facebook travel page. With registrants usually coming from 45+ states, you’ll likely find a new bestie or two you can travel with.
Fripp doesn’t have hotels, but they do have zillions of houses and condos that are actually much more affordable. Their website has up-to-date listings
on all available properties and a 10% discount is available if you book directly thru the Resort. You’ll also get access to all the Fripp amenities if you book directly thru them (versus VRBO, Airbnb, etc). https://frippislandresort.com
Fripp offers several “Newbie Houses” for those traveling solo or in small groups that don’t want to rent a house or condo on their own. You can call the Resort directly to inquire: 843-838-1558
Want to be closer to Beaufort? Stay at one of the Bluff Villas on Dataw – only 15 minutes to Fripp and 15 minutes to Beaufort’s historic waterfront. Call the clubhouse or look them up on VRBO or on AirBnB.
Again, don’t forget to check in the group Facebook page and see if people have an extra bedroom or two available in their rental. You can split the cost with them and have new BFFs before we even start!
If you end up booking something and have an empty bed or two, post it on the chat club page and adopt a solo flocker!
HOW TO GET FROM ISLAND TO ISLAND
We will ask that participants carpool from Fripp Island to Habersham on Saturday. There is plenty of parking on Habersham. Make sure to join our Facebook group for more announcements regarding carpooling!
HOW TO BUDGET FOR YOUR WEEKEND
Go here for more detailed information and tips on how you can Pledge the Pink on a shoestring budget! https://pledgethepink.com/blog/budget-for-your-weekend/
FOOD & WHERE TO EAT
The chef also prepares fabulous dinners to-go that will feed your entire army. You’ll need to order these thru Fripp at least 48 hours in advance and then all you have to do is pick them up at the Food Court! These go-to menus will be available in the spring of 2020.
There are several restaurants within a 15 minute drive from the Resort and a lot of people choose to stop in Beaufort on the way in and do grocery shopping so they can just eat in their condo/house.
Here’s some detailed information on your dining and grocery options.
WHAT’S A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?
You can partake in any or all of the activities. A lot of people choose to spend the afternoons on the beach and get into their own fun, but we always have tons of FlockStars at our silly games and outings.
Please note: Sunday’s start time is 7:30am which means that most of you will finish by 11am. With Fripp’s noon checkout (assuming you booked thru the Resort) you’ll have plenty of time to take a shower and pack before checkout. You can then join us at the party and/or start your journey home (tho we really wish everyone would stay over Sunday night so you don’t miss the final farewell party)!
GOING SOLO OR WITH A SQUAD
If you’re single but want to mingle, put yourself up for adoption on our Facebook page and watch the teams fight for you! We also love teams, so gather your posse and come up with a ridiculously silly team name. We’ve seen that the more clever the name, the easier it is to recruit more peeps.
What’s the real difference between going solo or being on a team? Click here
Our courses are packed with essentials like water and Gatorade, and we’ve also got a lot of snacks out there for ya: trail mix, popcorn, orange slices, grapes, apples, bananas, ice pops, and energy balls. Our stations are set up approximately every 2ish miles.
We ask everyone to train to complete all 10 miles each day in less than 4 hours.
If you don’t think you can complete the 10 miles within that time frame, we respectfully ask you to do the 5-mile short cut. You’ll be able to cross the finish line, claim your medal and celebrate with your friends.
And we’ll be with you every step of the way, no matter what your fitness level. Pledge the Pink is a refreshing challenge for race junkies looking to shake things up a bit, and it is the dream weekend for newbies looking to cross their first finish line.
We have three different training schedules depending on your fitness level and your goals. The 12-week schedule starts in August, the 8-week starts in early September, and the 6-week schedule starts at the middle of September.
The 2020 schedules will be released soon and you’ll also find more information and tips in this blog post.
Cash bars will be pouring at all the parties as well. Operative word there is “cash”. Cash makes the drinks pour faster.
If you are part of a team with 4 or more registrants, your team packets will be boxed together. So if you have registered as part of a team, please designate one or two of your team members to pick up the box(es) for your group.
Your Pledge the Pink swag bag (packet) will include:
• Pledge the Pink 2020 commemorative event shirt
• A bunch of gifts and swag from us!
FLAMINGOS & FLOCKS OF LOVE
It literally takes over 500 people to bring this huge event to life and we are grateful for all the help yall bring with you! Husbands, friends, kids, random stranger you met on the plane… we’ll take them all!
We’ll even take a few hours of YOUR time if you’re willing to help us with pre and post volunteer activities! Email our volunteer coordinator at PTPvols@gmail.com and we’ll hire you on the spot!
FUNDRAISING/WHERE THE MONEY GOES
• Mayo Clinic
• Northside Hospital
• Hollings Cancer Center
• American Cancer Society
• Volunteers in Medicine
• All In Foundation
• Beaufort Memorial Hospital
• Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Services
If you and/or your team raise 5k, you get to Choose Your Charity. You can choose up to two breast cancer nonprofits and we will send them 75% of your funds.
The other 25% will remain in the “big pot” to be dispersed to agencies and organizations that our charity board selects, largely based on your recommendations.
What if you don’t raise 5k? Well all that money will go into the pot too, and we will disperse it to qualifying breast cancer screening, treatment, and research programs across the country. Again, your recommendations will influence these choices greatly.
Go here for all the details on Choose Your Charity
CONTESTS & CHALLENGES
STORE & MERCHANDISE
• Cancel before March 1 and get a refund minus $50 cancellation fee
• Cancel before July 1 and get a refund minus $100 cancellation fee
• Cancel before Sept 1 and get a refund minus $150 cancellation fee