Gen Con 2016: Orc Stomp 5K

Gen Con 2016 is only a few months away!

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One of the things that I look forward to at Gen Con is the Orc Stomp 5K. It is a walk/run that is held early in the morning on Friday and runs through White River State Park that is adjacent to the convention center in Indianapolis. the event is a way for geeky gamers to get together and have some fun physical activity during the best four days of gaming.

This will be the third year that Geek Bear’s Den will be sponsoring the race.

I sponsor it for two big reasons. First, It took me a lot of effort to get to the point that I could run as a means of exercise. I am not the fastest or capable of the longest distance but I enjoy it. I want to make it accessible to all geeks. The Orc Stomp 5K makes everyone feel welcome and appreciated and this is something I appreciate in a run and want to encourage. The charity supported is the Ronald McDonald House. As a child, I had to have a lot of surgeries and they were initially about an hour away from home. It was always a burden on my family about where and who would stay with me during surgeries and recovery afterward. A place that provides this service for families with little or no cost is something that I understand and can support.

My sponsorship gives me three entries into the race. This year I was not able to acquire a ticket on my own so I will be using one of them to run the race and have given my second to a good friend. This leaves me with one left.

So, here is my plan. I know that the event sold out rather quickly as I myself am using one of my slots. I want to pay this forward though and make this last slot available to another member of the geek and LGBT community. What you need to to be going to Gen Con this year and want to do the Orc Stomp 5k. Then you need to post a comment on this post with your email and what you are looking forward to at Gen Con this year. At the end of two weeks I will pick one person at random and contact them for information necessary to get the ticket set up in their name.

Simple enough.

Please get the word out that I have a contest running (pun intended).

I look forward to running the Orc Stomp with a fellow member of the Geek LGBT community!


  1. Tomes says:

    Man, after running with you at last years BBC, we gotta get more of these going at more cons… Strategicon is my regular jam, but I just don’t see a run over there (mostly because of the area, but maybe that’s my lame excuse for not wanting to organize something).

    • Rob Hall says:

      The hardest part is finding a course. Big Bad and Gen Con are very lucky in that they have courses nearby that are easy to cover 5k.

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