at the start line of Bubble Rush 5k

The fun run through coloured bubbles has raised over £700,000 for hospices around the UK so far in 2017. Event organiser Extreme Adventure has announced that 25,000 people took part in the 16 Bubble Rush events held between April and June, with the total funds raised still continuing to rise as sponsorship monies are received by the hospices.

Bubble Rush events have been taking place across the UK since April.  ‘Bubblers’ set off in a sea of foam and pass through four bubble stations positioned along the course, where cannons are pumping out 30m3 of coloured bubbles every minute to create a 4ft deep bubble bath.  Courses are usually 5k and planned to be wheelchair and pushchair-friendly, making it a popular choice for new runners, families with young children and groups of friends who want to get together and do something fun for a good cause.

The emphasis is on everyone having fun and finishing covered in foam with a big smile on their face – there is no pressure to complete the course against the clock and the events are not timed.  Bubblers are encouraged to wear brightly coloured outfits and have fun in the bubbles as they run, jog, dance or toddle around the course.

Launched in 2015 in partnership with St. Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice Bubble Rush has grown from three events in its first year to 43 events between April and October 2017; and with many repeat and new bookings already in the calendar for next year the enthusiasm for the event shows no sign of waning.

Extreme Adventure’s Director of Marketing, Diana Caldwell says: “From the first event in Blackpool in April we have been amazed by the reaction Bubble Rush has received from participants, spectators and the hospices who are benefiting from the funds raised.   We’ve got a fast-growing, and very enthusiastic, following on social media and every event sees people sharing photos and videos of families and friends having fun in the bubbles, often in memory of someone who brought colour into their lives.

“It obviously takes a while for all the sponsorship raised by each event to come in, but the figures so far for the first 16 events to the end of June are really exciting.  July has been our busiest month ever for Bubble Rush, and we have a packed schedule for August and September still to come; so we are holding our breath to see what the final total for 2017 will be.  But really we are just delighted that the Bubble Rush is helping so many great local charities raise much-needed funds to enable them to care for people when they need it most.”

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