Though huge speedrunning events like GDQ and ESA tend to grab all the attention, there are a lot of smaller marathons throughout the year that support charities as well. One such event is the upcoming The Legend of Zelda Marathon. Organized by TheSpeedGamers, this event will support the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by hosting seven days of Zelda speedrunning.
Starting July 12th at 7:00 p.m. Eastern, speedrunners will hearken back to the first TSG marathon, tackling games from The Legend of Zelda franchise. The lineup includes modern classics, spin-offs, and of course, the infamous CD-i titles. To spice things up, the runners have divided into two teams, Team Hyrule and Team Lorule. Speed factors into a team’s score, but the audience can help by donating to their side as well. Donating also enters you for a chance to win a prize! TheSpeedGamers have pledged that 100% of donations will go directly to St. Jude.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is an organization which seeks to advance cures and preventative means for pediatric diseases, such as cancer. Not only does St. Jude research these diseases, but it also offers treatment to children regardless of factors such as race, religion, or a family’s ability to pay.
TheSpeedGamers are no stranger to marathon organization, either. Since its inception in 2008, this volunteer group has put on 47 marathons, collectively raising over $800,000 for over 20 charitable organizations. Past marathons have focused on franchises such as Mario, Kingdom Hearts, and Mega Man, to name a few.
Once the marathon starts, you can find it over on TheSpeedGamers’ Twitch channel. If you want to donate, you can do so through Tiltify. For more information on TheSpeedGamers or the upcoming Zelda speedrunning marathon, you can check out their webpage.
Will you be watching this marathon? Are you on Team Hyrule or Team Lorule?