Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, you would have seen that several members of the Supernatural cast have been preparing to run 26.2 miles in the Amica Seattle Marathon. Yesterday, November 25 was the day, and members of the team – dubbed ‘The Bad Idea Tour’ – ran in the marathon. The team included Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Rob Benedict, Rachel Miner, Adam Fergus, Jason Manns, Vicki Vantoch, Genevieve Padalecki, and Charlie Capen.
The Bad Idea Tour team ran the marathon yesterday in order to support Random Acts annual Endure For Kindness event to raise money towards eradicating childhood hunger. A heartbreaking statistic stating 1 in 6 children in America do not know where their next meal is coming from has been disclosed by both Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins in recent social media posts leading up to the marathon, highlighting why this particular cause is so important.
Random Acts set up a collection table at the marathon headquarters to take donations of canned goods for Move For Hunger, which is a non-profit organization that collects non-perishable food items to deliver to food banks all across America.
At the time of this Tweet, there were 338 cans of food donated!
Y'all are seriously so amazing! 388 cans of food donated so far 😍 Keep it up folks. Every can matters. #BadIdeaTour #E4KRA18 pic.twitter.com/hiOUXuwVMb— Random Acts (@RandomActsOrg) November 25, 2018
Genevieve Padalecki, Vicki Vantoch, and Charlie Capen all finished the half marathon. Genevieve ran the race with a total course time of 01:45:20, keeping an impressive pace of 08:03 minutes per mile. Vicki Vantoch, author and wife of Misha Collins, also finished with a total course time of 03:13:54.
Charlie Capen started the full marathon, but later explained on Twitter he was happy to have been beaten by Genevieve in the half. He too made great time, finishing with a total time of 02:50:46 – including the time taken to push Rachel Miner to the five-mile mark before she started helping out at the Random Acts water station.
According to Rachel herself, “[Charlie] pushed me up some of the very toughest steepest inclines in the race, refusing help. He is a champion among champions, deserving of all the medals
Contrary to popular rumor, I am still alive but I only did the 1/2 marathon so the truecompetition belongs to the trio of fools still running. Ran with them for the first 5-6 miles then peeled off to get @RachelMiner1 situated. I was proud to be beaten by @realGpad! pic.twitter.com/uaLaNZYpnk— charlie capen (@charliecapen) November 25, 2018
Guys! This is happening and there is still more time to donate! Go to https://t.co/fcZ46vJZV9 @RandomActsOrg let’s make a difference in childhood hunger! @Amica #SeattleMarathon pic.twitter.com/ZyeyVR6chI— Alaina Huffman (@AlainaHuffman) November 25, 2018
The road so far... #TheBadIdeaTour https://t.co/p51kG8E1vi pic.twitter.com/SIxsVkgaAz— Misha Collins (@mishacollins) November 25, 2018
At the risk of damaging our world record pace, @RobBenedict and I wanted everyone to know we are still alive!#mile17 pic.twitter.com/tE4MTy6vur— Jason Manns (@jasonmanns) November 25, 2018
As tired as they may look above, all three groups of men finished the marathon in the same order they started out in. Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles – brothers both on and off-screen – ran the entire race side-by-side, finishing the exact same way with a high five as they crossed the finish line together at the 04:33:42 mark.
Danneel Ackles shared the heartwarming moment on Instagram.
Everybody who finished both marathons up until then stayed on-site to cheer for Adam Fergus and Misha Collins as they crossed the finish line next, less than ten minutes later at 04:42:46. Several fans on-scene reported Collins looked to be in pain as he crossed the finish line, and a Tweet sent out by Collins later confirmed why that was with photographic evidence.
This photo was taken 40 feet from the finish line. My calf is DEFINITELY NOT cramping. pic.twitter.com/49i0pKw2cu— Misha Collins (@mishacollins) November 25, 2018
Rob Benedict and Jason Manns were the last members to complete the marathon, but still made great time with a time of 05:29:56. They, too, crossed the finish line together, both with big smiles on their faces.
Benedict shared this inspirational message on Instagram not long after.
As impressive and astounding as it is that all members of the Bad Idea Tour team managed to complete the marathon, perhaps more importantly was the money raised. The Bad Idea Tour team pledged to match donations of up to $100,000, and according to the Crowdrise page, they have raised more than $115,000 so far!
Amica Insurance, sponsor of the Seattle Marathon, made social media posts pledging to donate a dollar for each like or share up up to $26,200. They announced Saturday that the goal was met, and Random Acts was presented with the check for the full $26,200 at a livestream event the day before the marathon.
201.5 miles collectively run by 10 team members along with countless support from fans both in Seattle and scattered all over the world came together to raise over $240,00 dollars for Random Acts to help put an end to child hunger. The time, perseverance, and overwhelmingly large hearts of everybody involved in the Amica Seattle Marathon yesterday is a testament to why exactly the Supernatural fandom is one like no other.
It is because the cast of Supernatural is like no other.
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Amica Seattle Marathon yesterday, everyone who donated, everyone who joined in with their own E4K, everyone who used social media to spread the word about this momentous occasion, and, of course, to the Bad Idea Tour team. It is safe to say this turned out to be one the best ideas the cast has ever had.
If you have not already, you can still make a donation to the Bad Idea Tour here.