Nick’s Marathon 2012 Wrap-Up

The 2012 Nick’s Marathon is officially a wrap!  It was an incredible run, and I think most/all of us are pretty exhausted today, but it was definitely worth it.  Here are a few fun highlights from the weekend:

  • This was our fourth event, and the first time we raised over $3,000.  Our total so far stands at $4,027 – a new Nick’s Marathon record!
  • We had a pretty lively chat going online while we played, including one guy who said he was watching from Australia!
  • This was our first NM debuting a new system, and despite a few hiccups with using a brand new console, (almost) everything went off without a hitch!
  • James’ homemade arcade machine also made its NM debut.  Nick LOVED the machine, and was known to “run” many games (i.e. beat every challenger) whenever he played.
  • We beat New Super Mario Bros. U on Saturday, and the team was THISCLOSE to beating it a second time on Sunday… before a “Mehlfunction” brought the game to a screeching halt.
  • A partial listing of some of the healthy and nutritious food that was consumed: Chinese food, pizza, Atomic Wings, McDonald’s, M&M’s (plain and peanut), chips, pretzels, Chex Mix, PopTarts, and a hefty supply of Mario gummies.
  • Our first raffle was a success; our winner is a Child’s Play supporter from Massachusetts who was very excited to have won a brand new WiiU!

All in all, it was a great event, and all of us at Nick’s Marathon want to thank everyone who donated, bought raffle tickets, told their friends about us, came to our bar night, played games with us, and helped us out in a myriad of other ways.

I’d like to also thank our amazing Board of Directors.  Making this year’s event happen was a huge undertaking, and I appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to pulling it off.

This was our biggest Nick’s Marathon ever, and we hope to keep growing every year from here on out.

Why We Do It

As we get closer to this year’s Nick’s Marathon, I have been telling more and more people about what we do.  And the “what” part is simple enough: we play video-games for an entire weekend and raise money for charity.  But sometimes people ask me WHY we do it.  And that question is a little bit harder to answer.  But allow me to try.

People cope with death in different ways.  There are the standard five stages of grief, but what happens after acceptance?  The pain of losing a loved one doesn’t simply dissipate just because you accept that they’re gone.

After Nick died, I found myself struggling to come to terms with it all.  Watching him suffer and pass away – while I was unable to do anything to help – deeply affected me.  That feeling of uselessness ate at me, and I felt like I had to do SOMETHING.

But what could I do?

When I think of Nick, there are a few things that immediately come to mind.  First and formeost was his kindness.  Nick was generous to a fault, and he would always be there to help out a friend in need.  Then there was his passion for video-games.  He loved playing games whenever he could, but he mostly loved playing with his friends.  And we didn’t have to be gaming; Nick always just enjoyed hanging out.  Our little circle, friends since in high school, has spread out over the years, but Nick was always trying to get us all together.

All of those things combine to make a video-game marathon the perfect tribute to Nick.  It was James who first came up with the idea, and I immediately thought it was perfect.  What better way could we honor our friend?

Nick’s Marathon was truly *inspired* by Nick, in every sense of the word.  It is meant to celebrate Nick’s spirit in a way that is thoughtful, meaningful, and – at its very core – fun.

It’s something Nick would be proud of.

And that’s why we do it.

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!

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