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So yesterday we found out the results to the biggest contest of 2012:

#teamLuau had defeated #teamBecca by a resounding 40 Charity Miles

…well, a closer look at the numbers revealed that maybe the victory was not as resounding as one might think – 604 miles to 564 miles – 51.7% to 48.3%

Hmmm…maybe not such a mandate after all.

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And so, in the spirit of cooperation and bipartisanship, #teamLuau would like to show the winners and losers of that other contest that was held yesterday how it is done.

Instead of gloating about our victory and making gorilla noises at #teamBecca, #teamLuau would like to offer to split the miles Becca has to run in a gorilla suit – we will take on 20 of those miles.  Obviously logistics (how do we transport the gorilla suit? when? where?) have to be worked out, but one way or the other, we will work together and get this thing done, because in the end, it was never about #teamLuau OR #teamBecca.

It was about you.

It was about you and those whom you love; it was about the children and adults who struggle with autism on a daily basis; it was about doing our small part in making the world a better, more hospitable place for anyone who has ever felt different from others.

Hopefully OUR cooperation can show those guys in Washington that together is always stronger than divided.

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This just in from Charity Miles HQ – The Results Are In:

#TeamLuau vs. #TeamBecca

Election Results Are In!!

Dear Team Charity Miles,

As many of you know, we’ve been in the throes of an intense election. Last month, Autism Speaks’ Becca Barnes challenged Team Up Captain Luau to see who could run the most Charity Miles for Autism Speaks in the month of October.

I added a little twist by allowing anyone to tweet-add their miles to #TeamBecca’s or #TeamLuau’s totals. And Becca added a little flare: The loser has to run the difference wearing a gorilla suit, Autism Speaks jersey and blue afro wig. 

After the first week of campaigning, #TeamBecca had 221 miles– a comfortable 29 mile lead over #TeamLuau.

But, with one week left to go in the challenge, #TeamLuau came roaring back, bringing him up to 446 miles– a 4 mile lead over #TeamBecca.

It was neck & neck into the homestretch… But The People have spoken! #TeamLuau finished with 604 miles, beating #TeamBecca by 40 miles!

Ouch! 40 miles is a long way to run in a gorilla suit! I might have to go down to Florida to help her out. Anyone else with me? After all #ChangingTheWorld is a team sport!

Speaking of elections, we’d like to remind you to get out and vote today. Even better, vote with your feet by walking some Charity Miles to your voting center. Tweet us that you voted and you could win the T-Shirt below. #WalkTheVote!

All the best,
Gene

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I want to thank #teamLuau for your incredibly hard work and extend my best to #teamBecca for a hard fought, positive campaign. And a special thanks to Gene at Charity Miles for making this all happen!  In the end, everybody wins!!!  I hope that you go out today and vote – whether you are right or left, red or blue, what matters most is making your voice heard!

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I got this email (below) from Gene at Charity Miles entitled: Battle of the Century

I definitely need you help friends.  I’m ahead of Becca one to one, but #TeamBecca has put 29 miles between them and us.  #TeamLuau needs your help!

Confused?  After reading Gene’s email, click —>here<— for the back story.

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Battle of the Century

That’s me on the left, Becca on the right…we’re even competing for billboard space!

#TeamLuau vs. #TeamBecca

Dear Team Charity Miles,

Last week, Autism Speaks’ Rebecca Barnes challenged Team Up Captain Luau to see who could run the most Charity Miles for Autism Speaks in the month of October.

And she did it with a bold smackdown! The loser has to run the difference wearing a gorilla suit, Autism Speaks jersey and blue afro wig. My approximation shown below 😉

I added a little twist to the challenge by allowing anyone to tweet-add their miles to #TeamBecca’s or #TeamLuau’s totals.  And you all brought it… in a big way!

So after one week of the challenge, I’m excited to report that Luau has personally run 45.06 miles– nearly 25 miles more than Becca’s 20.54 miles.

But, with a little help from her friends, #TeamBecca has 221 miles– a 29 mile lead over #TeamLuau’s 192 miles!

29 miles is a long way to run in a gorilla costime. So come on #TeamLuau. Let’s give my man some support!

You’re all doing great, and I’m going to have some more exciting news to report tomorrow… So stay tuned 🙂

All the best,
Gene

 

#EveryMileMatters

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Oh Snap!!! This just happened!

Charity Miles takes it to a whole new level

I think I’m gonna need some running, walking, biking help! Download Charity Miles  and whenever you walk, run or bike, hashtag #teamluau so we can see Rebecca run in a gorilla suit!

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Update: I somehow missed this email that went out to ALL Charity Miles users…this friendly challenge has just gone national.

Battle Of The Century!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 12:15 PM
Rebecca vs. Luau
Loser Wears a Gorilla Costume!

#TeamLuau vs. #TeamBecca

Dear Team Charity Miles,Remember our friend, Luau? Last month he rocked the Boston 13.1 Half Marathon by personally shuttling every Autism Speaks team member to the finish line. That’s him in the picture above, running with another Autism Speaks All Star, Rebecca Barnes.

Well, now Rebecca wants to repay Luau for his chivlary… by personally challenging him to see who can run the most Charity Miles for Autism Speaks in the month of October! See the full Twitter-war on Luau’s blog here.

And she’s not pulling any punches: The loser has to run the difference wearing a gorilla suit, Autism Speaks jersey and blue wig!  My approximation shown below 😉

Rebecca drew first blood last night with a 2.6 mile run. But Luau came right back with a 6.8 mile run of his own. Ouch! It is so on!

If I can be so bold, I’m adding a new dimension to this challenge. Tell us whether you are on #TeamLuau or #TeamBecca. Anytime you tweet one of those hashtags at the end of the Charity Miles (for any charity), your miles will be counted to Luau’s or Rebecca’s totals. Bring it!

All the best,
Gene

#EveryMileMatters

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