hope + the cupcake run

Who would have guessed that hope might come in the form of cupcakes? The Sweet by Holly Cupcake Run 5K and 1 mile Kids Cake Walk Fun Run benefiting Girls on the Run of Northeast Florida has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 19, and I find myself seeing a light at the end of this tunnel.

cupcake run

So many races and events have been canceled over the last month. Of course, it’s understandable. So many people are sticking to the Safer At Home mandates, and gathering in groups, large or small, is absolutely inadvisable right now. But that doesn’t mean it’s not sad and disappointing.

Being homebound can be exhausting. There’s just not much to look forward to. That lack of anticipation makes the hours, days and weeks drag by. It doesn’t weaken my resolve or change what my family is doing to slow the spread, but it’s exhausting and draining all the same.

Since I wasn’t signed up for many races anyway (thanks, leg!), I’ve only watched the cancellations from the sidelines. My big focus was my comeback race on April 4, The Cupcake Run 5K and Cake Walk Fun Run, but that, too, joined the ranks of no-go events.

GOTRNEFL cupcake run

However, on Monday, a little ray of sunshine broke through the clouds. The Cupcake Run has a new date, later in the year, and with that comes hope.

I don’t know how long the social distancing and self-isolating will last. Obviously, the goal is health and safety, and both those things are top priority. But it’s so nice to have something on the horizon. It’s nice to have something to look forward to. I love getting to put something on the calendar.

Of course, it’s also wonderful to support Girls on the Run of Northeast Florida, a non-profit that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experienced-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. And there will be gorgeous medals, and cupcakes from Sweet By Holly!


I don’t know about you, but to me, this looks like hope.

(If you have already registered for the race, you are all set for the new date. Are you unable to make the new date? A virtual option is available and you will be able to pick up your swag at a time and date TBA. If you would like to register for the new date, you may do so here.)

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*This is a sponsored post. I have partnered with Girls on the Run of Northeast Florida to promote the Sweet By Holly Cupcake Run 5K and 1 Mile Cake Walk.I have received compensation in the form of race registration for my own personal use. All opinions are my own.*

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28 Responses to hope + the cupcake run

  1. That’s great news! It’s so nice to have something to look forward to. I think that will give you a good amount of time to really work towards whatever you want your goal to be. I am hesitant to sign up for any fall races at this point but I am hopefully we will be back to racing by then!

  2. What a cute medal & a good cause!

  3. I had the same spark of joy when I got the email that the 10 miler that was supposed to be in April was rescheduled for October. The course is going to be gorgeous in the fall.
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  4. Wendy says:

    I’m glad to hear that the race has been rescheduled! It’s such a great cause. And hidden silver lining–maybe this will keep the girls running?

  5. A race with cupcakes? Yum! And for such a great cause. I’m glad your race got rescheduled! Having races in the fall definitely provide a glimmer of hope. I have the Philly Half Marathon in late November to look forward to…it seems like a lifetime from now!

  6. This sure does look like hope plus there are cupcakes! Our GOTR race got moved to a virtual unfortunately. Feel really bad for the girls this season.

  7. Any run plus cupcakes sounds like a good one to me. So happy to hear this got rescheduled for you!
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  8. Catrina says:

    You are right – having a scheduled race in the fall makes a difference. I need to book one in September, too!
    I would love to run a cupcake race!!!

  9. Laurie says:

    Ahhh, cupcakes. Is there anything they can’t do? Good luck training for the cupcake run! Sounds like a wonderful race for a great cause. I hope by September social distancing is over and your leg will allow you to run the race!

  10. Debbie says:

    The first race back will be so exciting! Probably even for so for you since you’ve been sidelined for so long.
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  11. That is a bright ray of hope!! My favorite race (of all the races) got postponed from May 30th to Sept. 5th…I’m hoping that will hold. The postponements are frustrating, but definitely a must better alternative to canceling. Onward!!

  12. The running community has taken a fair hit with the covid restrictions. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by all the creative ways runners are still getting out and doing virtual runs etc. but I’m glad your run actually got a new date! Meanwhile, I’m just practicing gratitude every day that we still get to run through all of this. It’s so critical to my sanity!

  13. Shathiso says:

    I love the hopefulness in this post! This morning I did a virtual race for The Un-Cancelled Project and the theme was HOPE.

  14. Darlene S. Cardillo says:

    That is great news.

    Most of my races have been cancelled or gone virtual.

    A few rescheduled.

    Yes, there is hope.

    And for you not running sucks but in 2020 if there was a time to be recovering this is it.

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