CHARLOTTE – 24 Foundation will celebrate 20 years of changing the course of cancer through its signature fundraiser, 24 Hours of Booty.
The event will take place from 7 p.m. July 30 to 7 p.m. July 31. Participants have the opportunity to register for the in-person ‘Looped’ or virtual ‘UnLooped’ event. The ‘Looped’ event will take place on the ‘Booty Loop’ in the Myers Park neighborhood.
“With the announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Gov. Cooper to lift many COVID-19 restrictions and open up our world, we are thrilled to host a full in-person ‘Looped’ event for the 20th year of 24 Hours of Booty,” said Katy Ryan, executive director of 24 Foundation. “Safety is a top priority. We will continue working closely with the City of Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and Myers Park neighborhood to ensure a successful, safe and fun event for everyone.”
24 Foundation will closely monitor the CDC, state and local guidelines, and safety protocols are subject to change. The following protocols for the event are currently in place:
• A checkpoint at packet pick-up and the event on Friday and Saturday for all participants, volunteers and guests to complete a COVID questionnaire and temperature check screening
• Wristbands to indicate that people have cleared the checkpoint
• Procedures to ensure water and food safety
• 24 Foundation recommends that participants be fully vaccinated and that masks be worn when gathering
Queens University of Charlotte will serve as home to the event’s headquarters – known as ‘Bootyville’ – and feature all of the traditional 24 Hours of Booty experiences including camping, meals, music and expo area.
There will also be ‘UnLooped’ activities for those not able to travel to the event or who prefer a virtual option. ‘UnLooped’ participants can create their own 24 Hours of Booty experience in their yard and neighborhood. Activities can range from bike riding, running, hiking, yoga, fitness challenges and luminary displays to chalk art and campouts.
The registration fee for in-person ‘Looped’ riders and walkers ages 12 and up is $75 and for child riders (ages 8 to 11) and walkers (ages 4 to 11) is $50. There will be a 2.9-mile closed course for riders of all ages and cycling abilities to ride as much as they want in the 24-hour period. Walkers can do as many laps as they would like on the 1.5-mile loop, located on the sidewalk alongside the cycling course. For ‘UnLooped’ participants, registration costs $45 for adults and $25 for kids 11 and under. Visit 24foundation.org to register.
“This summer, however you choose to celebrate 20 years with us, you’ll be joining a 20-year legacy of providing hope and healing to Charlotte’s cancer community,” Ryan said. “We look forward to bringing participants together in person and virtually for a summer of endless hope to impact those living with cancer.”
In the past 20 years, 24 Foundation event participants have raised more than $24 million to support local and national cancer navigation and survivorship programs and services. Local cancer beneficiaries include Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institute and Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital and Queens University of Charlotte.