Hundreds of Delawareans participated in their own version of “Survivor” on Saturday at the 3rd annual Delaware Charity Challenge spring race and fundraising contest at Lums Pond State Park in Bear.
The adventure challenge relay race involved a canoe race, pedal boat race, and a 2-mile mountain bike race, dizzy bat spin followed up by a cornhole bean bag toss, a golf ball relay, and a jigsaw puzzle! Some participants flew in to Wilmington just to take part in the adventure relay.
“Because we’re able to put a few of the events on the water, it makes it a little different and more fun for everyone,” said Charlie Vincent, who launched the spring and winter Delaware Charity Challenge series three years ago. Vincent is the president of Innovincent, the company behind the Delaware Charity Challenge.
Fifteen teams representing 12 different charities took part in the spring Delaware Charity Challenge, raising over $23,000 for local nonprofits. While the adventure challenge component is popular among participants, the Delaware Charity Challenge also offers a competitive 5K and family-friendly challenges.
Teams who participated in the “Survivor” relay included four Friends of Wilmington Parks teams, three teams from Bank of New York Mellon (BNYM), a family raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the Miracles for Molly Dunne Foundation.
The official nonprofit team fundraising competition was won by Team Friends of Wilmington Parks ($3,779 between its official team and the BNYM team that designated Friends of Wilmington Parks as its beneficiary. Team OperaDelaware finished second in the nonprofit fundraising competition division with $2,076 raised. Both Friends of Wilmington Parks and OperaDelaware won advertising packages from the Wilmington Blue Rocks for having raised the most money of any official nonprofit team.
Participants in the five Delaware Charity Challenges have collectively raised more than $113,000 for 50 different nonprofit organizations. “We are really happy that the nonprofit community has become aware that this is a fantastic way to raise more money for their programs, and greater numbers of charities are taking part,” said Vincent.
The Delaware Charity Challenge plans to expand the competition to Kent and Sussex Counties next month with an event at Killens Pond State Park in Felton, and they are hosting an 11-mile First State Duathlon on Saturday, July 15 at Bellevue State Park in Wilmington.