Coasting For Kids 2014

Saturday, June 7, 2014 4:25 PM

I haven't received one of those from Dorney either. I actually just thought about it right after I made that last post.

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Saturday, June 7, 2014 6:31 PM

FYI, if you were doing the event at CP, it's obviously cancelled since the park is closed following the water main break.

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Saturday, June 7, 2014 10:22 PM

Well, we got the official word from GKTW, and we can either join the Kings Island event, or get 2 free Cedar Point tickets along with a Fast Lane pass for those who brought in over $1,000.

Unfortunately, there are a host of logistical reasons why KI won't work for me, even if I were to leave after the Racer potion (and *wow* does their event go late: the Banshee part is after the park closes, with the award ceremony at 11 p.m.!). The final nail in the coffin was looking at the weather forecast... even if I could make the trip, I don't know how much riding we'd be doing during the time I'd be there.

However, some friends of mine were planning to go to Waldameer, so I may join them for the afternoon and at least get some 'coasting' in, even if I won't be marathon riding. Maybe I'll even wear my 2013 CFK shirt, just because.

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Saturday, June 7, 2014 10:58 PM

The situation does blow, but I hope that participants will take it in stride. Sure, we all wanted the ride time (trust me, no one knows this better than me, flying my family up from Orlando for what I thought would be 2.5 days at CP), but ultimately the important thing is the money raised for GKTW. I can't emphasize that enough.

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Saturday, June 7, 2014 11:06 PM

Yep, totally agree. The riding is just a bonus/thank-you for our fundraising efforts, and I think my donors recognize that too (demonstrated 2 years ago when I was a 'virtual rider' due to a pre-planned Dollywood trip).

To all the other Buzzers riding tomorrow, and especially the CP folks who are making the trek down to KI, safe travels, and safe coasting!

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Saturday, June 7, 2014 11:26 PM

Safe travels everyone! I'll see you fellow DP'ers tomorrow! I'm like a little kid, I probably won't sleep tonight. Looking forward to this.

I hope the general public doesn't make a stink, I hope it isn' too too crowded, and I hope I have no issues fitting on any rides. Just curious, does Talon and Hydra have big boy chairs?

I'm giddy with excitement!

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Saturday, June 7, 2014 11:45 PM

I'll see you fellow DP'ers tomorrow!

I can't help it, this just sounds SO DIRTY.

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Monday, June 9, 2014 2:34 PM

If you were supposed to do Coasting for Kids at Cedar Point, Check your email...

Hello Everyone!

We know it was a disappointment having Coasting for Kids at Cedar Point cancelled yesterday after all your hard work donating and raising money for Give Kids The World Village. Because of all your efforts in support of an amazing cause, we have decided to reschedule Coasting for Kids! Please join us at Cedar Point on June 22, 2014. We will follow the schedule below.

7:00 a.m. Registration

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Rides on Magnum XL-200

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Rides on Gemini

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. A meal will be provided at Gemini’s Entrance

5:00 p.m. Closing Ceremony

Your shirts and other goodies earned (including top fundraisers prizes) will be mailed to you shortly.

Last edited by Aaronosmer, Monday, June 9, 2014 2:35 PM
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Monday, June 9, 2014 6:20 PM

That's cool that they're rescheduling. Unfortunately I'm slated to play at a church that morning (an hour and a half away), so I probably won't get there till 2:00, but at least I'll get a few hours on Gemini and be there for the closing ceremony.

Anyone know how many CP folks went down to KI yesterday?

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014 4:11 PM

I replied thanking them for the effort in rescheduling. Unfortunatly, I (and probably a few others) will be on their way back from the ACE Convention in California.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014 7:34 PM

Really a shame this happened, but everyone did such a great job raising funds, and I'm so psyched to see the coasting community doing so much for these kids. Dorney alone raised enough money for four families to go to Florida if I understood correctly.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 8:57 AM

It costs about $3k in cash and donations (such as theme park tickets) to host a family at the village for one week.

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Monday, June 23, 2014 11:14 PM

We had Coasting For Kids version 2.0 at Cedar Point on Sunday: Now with running water! Also with much better (perfect) weather than we'd have had on June 8th.

Unfortunately I had to miss most of the event due to a prior commitment, but I figured I owed it to my contributors to make an effort to ride. I got there around 2:15 and managed to get 51 laps on Gemini. Most of the time we only had 6 people on our train (and anywhere from 1 to 5 on the other). I was told there were 30 or so people earlier in the day, and indeed many came back for the last round just before 5:00.

I got to meet Kaylee from GKTW and she said the event brought in about $153,000, so I guess we narrowly beat last year's record after all!

Last edited by birdhombre, Monday, June 23, 2014 11:15 PM
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Monday, June 23, 2014 11:18 PM

That's a relief! I was worried we slipped a little. So disappointed I couldn't be there, and that my weekend of fun was reduced to essentially three hours the following Monday.

How did they handle re-rides?

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