Take part in this year’s virtual Hotcake Hustle 5K and 10K & Fun Run, from now through Feb. 28! While the live event has been canceled due to the increasing COVID-19 numbers, runners can still take part in this fun event from anywhere! How awesome is that? No matter what the weather is, everyone will be able to participate in this great event.
As announced by the Run Project website, “It is with great disappointment that we announce that as of noon today, the Hotcake Hustle 5K, 10K & Fun Run Live Event has been canceled and moved to an all-virtual event. We have had full cooperation from Dallas Fair Park and approval for this event until today. This cancellation, by the city of Dallas, is because of the rapidly increasing COVID-19 numbers in and around Dallas County. Hotcake Hustle is now VIRTUAL. Running isn’t canceled. We are just doing it differently.”
While this is not the most ideal thing, the Run Project has done an excellent job of thinking outside the box in order to still have the Hotcake Hustle event and help their beneficiaries this year.
According to the Hotcake Hustle event website, here is how to participate.
“Run your race anytime, anywhere now until [February 28, 2021]. Get up and get your race day gear on, grab some gels and water, then hit the streets, treadmill or trails! The bib is real. The medal is real. The competition is real. Can you handle it? Sign up and race when you see fit. Run anytime, anywhere. You choose. Your Hotcake Hustle race swag and medal will be shipped to you. Run with our Spotify ‘Hotcake Hustle’ playlist.”
When you’re done, submit your times, print out your finisher certificate and share your favorite Hotcake Hustle moments from your run on social media with #runproject, #runprojectvirtual, #HotcakeHustle #TownofAddison. Later, chill out with an ice cold drink, hot chocolate and definitely pancakes – you deserve it!
If you love free swag, be one of the first 500 runners to sign up and get a commemorative Hotcake Hustle coffee mug! Order one of the long sleeve race shirts and custom finisher’s medal as well.
Participants can also choose a beneficiary to donate to. “Run Project is more than a series of participants and events. It is about bringing together those who love to race, those who want to give back and support, and those who want to keep it local. It’s cool, it’s hip, and it is good for the soul. Keeping it local is how we roll. All our community partners are local non-profits or local affiliates of nationwide charities and organizations and all monies raised will stay in the local area.”
The beneficiaries this year are:
DKMS – An organization that is dedicated to the fight against blood cancer and blood disorders by creating awareness, recruiting bone marrow donors to provide a second chance at life, raising funds to match donor registration costs, and supporting the improvement of blood cancer therapies by our own research.
Bruce Wood Dance – An organization with the mission to “present high-caliber, original, contemporary choreography that harnesses the power of dance as a tool for entertainment, enrichment, and healing. Fortified by Bruce Wood’s aesthetic, Bruce Wood Dance produces and maintains his repertoire, commissions new work by resident choreographers and guest dance-makers, and contributes to the quality of life in Dallas–Fort Worth, Texas, and across the nation.”
SPCA of Texas – The leading animal welfare agency in North Texas, the SPCA of Texas has three shelters and three spay/neuter clinics in the Metroplex. It also serves as an active resource center that provides different programs and services that bring people and animals together.
Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support – Provides safety, shelter, and support for women who have experienced domestic violence. They also help raise awareness regarding its cause, prevalence, and impact.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.
Animal Rescue Crusaders of North Texas – An all-volunteer animal rescue and adoption organization, their mission is to rescue and find homes for at-risk animals. “We save animals from local shelters in the Collin, Dallas, and Fort Worth area, rescue abandoned animals, and take in owner surrenders to the extent that our resources allow.”
Leukemia of Texas – An independent nonprofit corporation dedicated to fighting the life-threatening blood cancer of leukemia through the funding of leukemia research and patient aid in Texas, Leukemia of Texas provides financial assistance to leukemia patients needing help with necessary treatment expenses.
This may not be the same race as other years, but the opportunity to participate in a fun race that benefits such important organizations is still there. Make sure to sign up on the Hotcake Hustle 5K and 10K website, www.runproject.org/events/hotcake-hustle-race, and don’t forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for the latest news, pictures, and information.