After seeing lots of talk about the Merrell Urban Oyster Race being bandied about Twitter, we decided to get the lowdown from Clymb member and overall outdoor and yoga expert, Tali from Cupcake Mafia.
She gave us all the details on this year’s race in Denver and how it helps grants the wishes of children who really need them the most.
The Clymb: What is the Merrell Denver Urban Oyster Race? How many years have you participated?
Tali: It’s so hard to sum it up, but if you’ve ever seen The Amazing Race, it’s kind of like that, just condensed and in one city. Last year was the first year for Team Cupcake Mafia; we compete in the women’s full course division. Once the race kicks off, we go out on foot or on bike and are faced with all kind of puzzles and challenges. For example, last year they started me off blind-folded on a tour bus. Once we got to our stop I was given a clue and I had to call my team where we met up on foot. We then raced around to find three local statues and have our picture taken in front of each. It was a day filled of adventures like that. Anything from burning a hundred calories at a health club, beer pong, and eating a cupcake without hands to find a scooter key. You just never know what you’re going to get.
TC: How much did you raise last year? How was that used within the Make-A-Wish Foundation?
T: Last year our team raised about $2,650, and the Denver race as a whole raised $25,000, granting four wishes for the local chapter of Make-a-Wish. For those unfamiliar with the organization, they work to help children and teens who are fighting life-threatening illnesses to grant them a wish and give them continued hope. Whether it’s building a pirate ship in their yard or giving them an opportunity to work in the field of their choice for a day. The wishes run the gamut.
TC: What’s your fundraising goal this year?
T: Our goal this year has been to raise $5,000, which is the average cost of a wish. So far, we’ve raised over $6,000 so it would be awesome to make it to $10,000 and fulfil two wishes.
TC: You’ve come up with some cool incentives to get your readers to donate.
T: Yes! My amazing team mate Lynn is an extraordinary knitter and spinner, fiber arts is a common bond in our team, and she worked with a pattern designer who made a shawl pattern available to anyone who donated $5 or more. She also has some beautiful skeins of yarn that are going to be part of a giveaway for donors, for the shawl pattern and other knitting goodies you can check out Lynn’s Blog, Knitting Triathlete.
Since not all our friends and family are knitters, we are also offering some other prizes for those who donate $20 or more. We have two great gift cards from Amazon for $25 each, two ECO yoga mats from prAna (my favorite mat!), and a beautiful jewelry set from Made for Grace. All the details and a picture of the set are here at my website, Cupcake Mafia.
For more information on this and other Merrell Urban Oyster races, check their site above. If you can’t participate in a race in your area, feel free to help Team Cupcake Mafia in their efforts by donating.