…Star Wars Celebration had me manning booth 1953 (a prime location) for all 4 days. As promised I ran a half marathon everyday on the treadmill. My booth was decked out with....
Phase 1 of the 3 phase 2017 Make A Star Wars Wish Project: Star Wars Celebration 4 x Half Marathons.
First of all this was an absolutely fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of Make A Wish and the Make A Star Wars Wish project, I am extremely grateful to Lucasfilm for taking a chance on me and allowing me this opportunity.
I had been planning for this ever since the first email from Pete Vilmur (Lucasfilm) explaining that I was in and had been given a Fan Booth. I spent 7 weeks trying to convince people to loan me a treadmill, and finally at the 11th hour I was able to borrow a treadmill from the Orlando PD (thanks to the 501st for making this happen). I didn’t know until landing at Orlando airport that it had been delivered.
Star Wars Celebration had me manning booth 1953 (a prime location) for all 4 days. As promised I ran a half marathon everyday on the treadmill. My booth was decked out with banners, balloons, posters and information about Make A Wish. I had vinyl Make A Star Wars Wish wristbands to give out, free photo ops, stickers and balloons for the kids.
I found that when running the donations came in thick and fast. When I was not running, not so much. Therefore i spread my running out during the day; i’d run for a mile (10 minutes) and then stop for 20 minutes, then run another mile then stop for 20. This meant that I was able to spread the distance over several hours which maximised my charity fundraising opportunities. With the exception on the first day ($910) I raised over $1200 every day, with a total fund of $5228 for the entire convention. Fantastic!
I was over the moon when I was contacted by the Star Wars show asking me if they could do a field interview.
See here at about 33 minutes: https://youtu.be/YPvrArQPbjU
This IGN video also makes me laugh: https://youtu.be/Nnc-Ur4tNOY
It was also fun when I found out that Nathan Hamill (Mark Hamill’s son) had put a video of me running on his Instagram and apparently Riz Ahmed walked past and also took a snap, cool.
Celebration was a great laugh and an amazing way to raise some charity money. The only problem was the London Marathon was literally days away and I had depleted my body of energy, carbohydrate and sleep.