Nick’s Marathon is Coming Up Fast!

We’re just ten days away from Nick’s Marathon 2012!  We’ve already raised over $780, we’ve reached the triple digits of Facebook “Likes,” and we’ve even started to gain some traction on Twitter!  It’s all very exciting, and the best is still to come!

This Friday we’ll hold our very first Kick-Off party at Slainte Pub in NYC.

On Sunday, our Wii U consoles – yes, both of them! – will arrive in stores.

And next Friday, on November 23d, we’ll begin our Fourth Annual Nick’s Marathon weekend!

Thank you all for your support so far, and stay tuned – it’s going to be a very exciting November!

ANNOUNCING: The Wii U Giveaway!

Want to get your hands on a Wii U for just $10 and help out a good cause?  You came to the right place!

We here at Nick’s Marathon are going to give away a brand new Wii U console to one lucky donor this year!   It’s simple – you make a $10 donation, and you are entered into the raffle.  As we wrap up the Nick’s Marathon on Sunday, November 25th, we’ll announce the winner.  If you win, you get a new, DELUXE SET of the Wii U console, sure to be this holiday’s season must-have gift!  Want to increase your chances?  Buy more raffle tickets!  And remember – 100% of the proceeds from this raffle go directly to Nick’s Marathon and Child’s Play charity!

For more details on the contest and the official rules, please click here!

The Nick’s Marathon Kickoff Party!

This year, for the first time ever, Nick’s Marathon is going to hold an official kick-off party!  On Friday, November 16th, from 7 to 11pm, please join us at Slainte Pub in New York City for a fun night of drinking and celebrating the memory of Nicholas Capobianco.  A $20 donation at the door will get you two for one drink specials for four hours, and 100% of the proceeds will go to Nick’s Marathon and Child’s Play charity.  There will be fun times, food, and good music – a perfect Friday night in Manhattan!

Check out our official invite, and pass it on to your friends!

Hope to see everyone there!

Slainte Pub, New York City (304 Bowery – click here for a map and nearby subway stops)
Friday, November 16th 2012, 7-11 pm
$20 donation at the door gets you 2-for-1 drink specials

Nick’s Marathon 2012 Date Set!

The 2012 Nick’s Marathon will start on Friday night, November 23rd 2012, and run through the whole weekend, ending on Sunday, November 25th! We will be playing the Wii U almost exclusively – all weekend! We’re aiming to beat New Super Mario Bros U, play through all of the minigames in Nintendo Land, and check out a few other titles, too. Have something else you want to see us play? Let us know on our Game List page!

While we play, we’ll be raising money for Child’s Play, a wonderful charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in their network of over 70 hospitals worldwide.

You can donate now, or donate while we’re playing.

Keep coming back to this page for more information as we get closer to the event!

Nick’s Marathon 2012 is Coming!

Ladies and gentlemen… get ready! The 2012 Nick’s Marathon is coming up soon! This year’s event will be scheduled around the launch of the new Nintendo system, the Wii U. When the Wii U goes on-sale, Nick’s Marathon will go live! Watch us, chat with us, check out the new system, and donate to a good cause!

More details coming soon – stay tuned!

It’s a Wrap!

The 2011 Nick’s Marathon has officially ended, and what a weekend!

We played some great video games, like Donkey Kong Country Returns and New Super Mario Bros. Wii.  We also played some downright bad games (Dirty Harry and International Cricket, I’m looking at you.) But the important thing is that we had fun with great friends.

And of course, we raised a lot of money in the process!  The final number is still being determined – and if you haven’t donated yet, there is still time – click here right now!  But we did clear $2,000, which is not too shabby!  And we want to thank everyone who supported us and donated to our cause, and helped us keep the memory of a great friend alive.

P.S. For those of you who have tote bags coming your way – don’t worry, we’ll send them out to you as soon as we get them in.  Thanks for your generosity!

Thanks everyone!

Thanks to everyone who donated, watched and played along with Nick’s Marathon 2011! Special thanks to the participants Daron, Mehler Ali, Dom, Bonnie, Aaron, Bonnie-Aaron Fetus, Goody, Courtney, Ben, Andy, Shayna, Eli, Eli (baby) and Sherlock!

See y’all next year!

Nick’s Marathon 2011 is live (again)!

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Welcome to Nick’s Marathon!

Nick’s Marathon will be held from January 21st – 23rd, 2011!!!

It’s almost time for the 2011 Nick’s Marathon! That means another solid weekend of good times, non-stop video games, and raising money for three amazing charities.

Nick’s Marathon is an annual video-game marathon fund raising event dedicated to the memory of our friend Nicholas Capobianco, who lost his battle with leukemia and passed away at the age of 28 on June 12, 2008.

Nick’s two favorite things in life were spending time with his friends and playing video games. Growing up, most of the time we got together to hang out involved playing games. Even as we matured and our interests began to change, we were still always able to bond around the latest console. Even as Nick’s health started slipping, he still took comfort in gaming, ideally with his closest friends.

Since Nick’s passing, we decided to start a charity in Nick’s memory – Nick’s Marathon. A bunch of Nick’s friends get together every year to play co-op video games (you can see the list of games we’re planning on playing here) all weekend long, with no breaks. The 2008 and 2009 marathons each raised $3,000, and this year we are hoping to top that number by raising $5,000. It’s an ambitious goal, but we think we can do it with your support! Technically this is the 2010 marathon, but we decided that the event worked best after the holidays when more of us could get together, as Nick would have wanted.

Once again, we’ll be raising money for three great charities: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and Child’s Play. It’s simple: pick whichever charity you want to give to, click on their button on the DONATE! page, and make your donation directly to the charity. That’s it! All donations made will be earmarked to be in Nick’s name. We appreciate contributions of any size, but all donations of $100 or more will receive a complimentary Nick’s Marathon tote bag.

The 2011 Nick’s Marathon will be taking place from Friday, January 21st through Sunday, January 23rd. There will be a live feed of the video game, as well as a live webcam of us playing the games here at Check back here then, watch us play, send us some messages, and help support our cause!