Welcome to the 14th 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 thirteen years, the Birthday Bash and Dash is a great way to kick off your 4th of July holiday. Last year, our event looked different in that COVID forced us to go completely virtual. Yet, we had an amazing turnout with 565 participants from all 50 states!!! This year, we hope to again hold our traditional in-person event at Walker Road Park. However, because the future is still uncertain, we will continue to offer the virtual option that was such a success last year. So at this time, we will press forward with our full event planning and preparation. As the date gets closer, we will provide all updates here. If the city's status prevents us from holding our event, you will be able to change your event to the virtual option.
We truly hope we will be able to see all of our local supporters in Avon Lake this July, but for all of those that are not local and/or do not feel comfortable gathering, you can still support by running, walking, biking from any location you choose, at any time you choose, and at any distance you choose. It last year was your first participating in our event from afar, we hope you will join us again this year! To our dedicated supporters who have attended our race in person, we hope to "see" you one way or another! 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 the safety of all involved is our top priority. We will continue to update here and on our FB page. This event is our largest fundraiser so 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 18th birthday, while raising much needed funds to fulfill the mission of the foundation that was started in her name.
Everyone who registers by June 13, will be guaranteed a race t-shirt in time to wear on July 4. Registrants on June 14 and after can also register and will receive a shirt (to be ordered after July 4 and available approximately 2 weeks later) or all registrants can sign up and opt out of a race shirt.
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!!
Early-bird registration closes (guarantees t-shirt): June 13, 2021
Corporate sponsor/fundraiser advertising deadline: June 13, 2021
Mail-in entries: must be received by June 30, 2021
Online registration closes: July 2, 2021 for in-person, July 4, 2021 for virtual (midnight EST)
All participants who register by the early-bird registration date of June 13, 2021 will be guaranteed a unisex race logo T-shirt (YS-XXL) that can be picked up at PPU or 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 2021 Bash and Dash T-shirt! Only participants who sign up by the early bird registration date of June 13, 2021, are guaranteed a race T-shirt in time for the 4th of July. All others who register after June 13 can still sign up to receive a shirt, but the order will be placed after July 4 and shirts will be available approximately 2 weeks later. Or any registrant can opt out of a race shirt, choosing to donate the cost of the shirt back to SFSF.