Being a nerd is not about what you love, it’s about how you love it. – Wil Wheaton
The Founding Nerds of Nerd Herd Running really like the feeling behind Mr. Wheaton’s quote. Though “nerd” was a word with negative connotation for most of us growing up, we have found that being a nerd is, in a word, amazeballs. Why not embrace the things we love and embrace those who love them with us? All of us here at Nerd Herd Running did just that and we did something pretty cool as a result.
We came together as friends who met while members of a former online running team comprised of Disney fans who ran to fight cancer and raised money for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer – Team AllEars. Through our experiences with Team AllEars we found that we are a bunch of like-minded folks with a lot of energy and desire to make a difference. We also found that we really like desserts and fireworks.
In 2013, inspired to continue to do good things and fueled by cupcakes, we organized an annual virtual racing series enabling us to donate approximately $85,000 to Stupid Cancer in four years. Yes, a rag tag group of nerdy Disney fans spread out across the U.S. who like to drink beer and margaritas on race courses was able to raise $85,000 for charity in four years.
We would never be able to do what we do without the support and enthusiasm of our race participants and fans. Each and every one of these nerds is special to us and we hope they all know how they have helped Stupid Cancer and all those who are fighting the fight against that awful disease.
To get an idea of what we can do together with your support, check out Stupid Cancer’s peer-to-peer app, InstaPeer. This is the first mobile health platform that put the power of 1-1 matching in the palm of the hands of those with cancer, survivors and caregivers. Nerd Herd Running was able to be an original backer of this app with funds raised through our virtual racing series. That means all those who have registered for our races helped make this app happen!
Over the past few years we have been and continue to be amazed by stories shared with us detailing personal triumphs of miles put in, weight lost, quality time spent with nerdlets, stresses relieved and the many other positive impacts our racing series has had on the lives of nerds. This, in addition to the impact our participants have helped us make for Stupid Cancer, is why we continue to do what we do.