Looking to get a head start on your team’s quest for the Cup? The third annual Community Cup, presented by The Columbus Foundation, will be at Fortress Obetz from Aug. 1-5, but teams can take the competition a step further by maximizing their point totals before in-person events get underway.

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Cup has been adjusted to emphasize participant safety and reflect the changing structure of organizations. Whether your team is participating on-site or just leaning in to the virtual events, these point opportunities will help rally your team and build camaraderie among participants.

Charity Challenge

The Charity Challenge component of the Community Cup may be more important than ever in 2020. Team building includes giving back to the community in which you live, work and play. This year, we’re collecting donations to both the Mid-Ohio Food Collective and The Columbus Foundation.

Participants can earn points with donations to the Mid-Ohio Food Collective by either dropping off a labeled box of donations at the Collective or bringing their donations to the on-site competition at Fortress Obetz. Donations to The Columbus Foundation can be made online. You can learn more about the steps for the Charity Challenge on the Community Cup website.

Practice Points

Getting in a few extra reps while earning points? Count us in. This year we’re introducing practice points, allowing teams to earn team points when they show off how they’re preparing for The Community Cup.

From now until July 31, participants can post a photo or video to their social media showing how they are practicing for Community Cup events at home. Each post is worth one point, and teams can earn up to 50 points from just practicing alone. Get more information on submitting practice points on our FAQ page.

Register for the virtual 5K Race, presented by Village of Obetz

The 5K Race usually kicks off the Community Cup on event day, but we expect this year’s virtual version to be just as competitive. Participants will run the 5K on their own time during the Aug. 1-5 competition window, but need to register individually ahead of time. Take this time before the event gets started to register and get your running gear ready!

More information on the virtual 5K Race can be found here.

When the Community Cup kicks off following the virtual Opening Ceremony on July 31, there will be even more ways to earn points. Teams can sign up for on-site competition at Fortress Obetz, participate virtually in the One-mile Walk, presented by AEP Ohio, and even show their excitement with the new Spirit of Sports social media opportunity. You can learn more about these ways to earn points on our event FAQ page.

Whether it’s practicing at home or giving back for the Charity Challenge, it’s never too early to start competing for the Cup! Learn more or register your team at columbuscommunitycup.com.