Friday, May 22, 2015

What's Beast Blitz Day all about?

     Beast Blitz Day isn’t about spreading a word. Yes, sure, we’re letting people know that the final chance for registration discounts end on May 31. We’re going around telling people about it, too – you’ll see us around Erie on May 28. Feel free to take pictures and tag them with either #beastonthebay or #barberblitz.
     Beast Blitz Day – and the Barber Beast on the Bay itself, really – is all about a feeling. We’re trying to get across a feeling. The feeling of crossing the finish line on September 12. The feeling of watching as someone in the Adapted Course receives a medal and smiles from ear-to-ear. The feeling of curiousness a child feels the first time they gaze upon our green, furry mascot better known as The Beast.  And, for a few final days, the feeling of getting a discount on a great day come September 12.
     If you’re reading this, you probably know what the Barber Beast on the Bay is. It’s a 10-mile obstacle course challenge held at Presque Isle State Park to benefit the mission of the Barber National Institute to help children and adults with intellectual disabilities and mental health challenges. The Beast on the Bay features sand, water, mud, and everything else Presque Isle State Park has to offer. It’s, as we say, the ‘Nature of the Beast.’
     But you aren’t just signing up for a one day event. We’re going to have a blast on September 12, but you’re not signing up for that day alone. You’re signing up and registering to make a difference in the lives of those we serve at the Barber National Institute. We’re on a daily mission to provide the best possible services to those we work with.

     We appreciate all the support from the community, and days like Beast Blitz Day are our way of giving back. We’ll be taking pictures and touring the city with The Beast. The Beast will deliver breakfast for ten to a lucky workplace. We’ll continue to promote the Barber Beast on the Bay and all that comes with it up until the day of the race. Then it’s dance parties, warm-ups, taking on obstacle courses, and celebrating at the end of it all. We’ll see you there.

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