Power Up With Pride 2021: 5 years strong

Look no farther for a good way to spend the first weekend of June: Power Up With Pride kicks off the month with a charity speedrunning marathon.

By Alice Pow

Filed Under: event

Power Up With Pride is a charity speedrunning marathon created by members of the LGBTQIA+ community to support LGBTQIA+ charities. This year’s Summer marathon will run from Friday, June 4 through Sunday, June 6, and will raise money for The Trevor Project.

According to Power Up co-founder Celyying, the event has grown significantly since its inception in 2016. Noticing a gap in charity marathons, she sought to create a new marathon event that would serve the LGBTQIA+ community.

“When we started out it was three of us,” but since that first event, Power Up has grown in size and evolved.

In fact, the first Power Up with Pride wasn’t intended to be speedrun focused, but Celyying says leaning into speedrunning helped give the event the structure it needed.

“A lot of my close friends were speedrunners at the time. And so it kind of ended up turning into a speedrunning thing,” she says.

The Schedule

The schedule for this Summer’s Power Up is, in Celyying’s words, “the definition of stacked,” with a good mix of popular titles and some exciting runs you might be less familiar with.

Of course, franchises like Sonic and Castlevania will be represented at the event but there will also be games like Squidlit, Gimmick!, Bugsnax, and Mindseize.

Additionally, Frozenflygone, one of the runners mentioned in our article about the SGDQ schedule, will be performing the same run of Celeste Custom Maps: Glyph any% at Power Up with Pride as well so make sure not to miss that one either.

Community Segments

Every Power Up with Pride also features a unique “community segment” that sets it apart from a lot of other charity marathons. The contents of these segments remain a secret prior to the event and aim to get audience members involved in the fun.

Previous community segments include blindfolded races, origami, and a randomizer race through The Legend of Zelda; A Link to the Past with crowd-control elements.

Celyying hints that, “the event this time will be creative focused. It will be something that everyone can participate in.”

The community segment is scheduled for Sunday, June 6 at 9:52 a.m. PT / 12:52 p.m. ET.

Celyying’s favorite part of Power Up is “being able to raise money for a charity while having fun and just the community. All the people that help with Power Up, and all the people that watch Power Up or tell their friend about Power Up. They’re the best. I appreciate all of it. From the start it was very community focused and it stayed that way.”

Catch Power Up with Pride June 4-6 at https://www.twitch.tv/powerupwithpride.

Games & Profiles - Moderation Features, Privacy Improvements & More

Let's talk about comments, spam moderation, runner safety, and more.

Games & Profile Updates

Introducing the new game pages AND profile pages. Some new features and a fresh new look for the existing ones. Let's also discuss some new things on the Speedrun.com roadmap.

Spotlight: Meep_Moop

This time, we're shining the spotlight on Meep_Moop, a Pico-8 speedrunner with a particular interest in Celeste Classic.

The First Mod Hub Update: Runs Awaiting Verification

Introducing the new Mod Hub with the first tool: a new Runs Awaiting Verification page. Let's also discuss a bug fix and some planned features for the Mod Hub.

Prioritizing Entertainment in Speedrunning

When games don't provide what speedrunners are looking for, sometimes it's up to the community to step up to make the changes for themselves.

Spotlight: Team Ico Speedruns

This month, we're featuring a community of speedrunners who focus on games from developer Team Ico.

Site performance improvements, bug fixes, and more!

Checking in this week to follow up on the data migration earlier this month, some bug fixes, and more from our new Community Manager!

Community Update: Data Migration and Community Manager

We've updated the site as part of addressing some of the performance issues; we also say farewell to Lewisandspark and welcome Meta in a new role.

Kanno breaks the Super Mario 64 6:30 Barrier

Kanno made history by breaking the 6:30 barrier in Super Mario 64. Let's take a look at how this impressive feat was possible.

Highlights from the end of ESA Summer 2021

ESA Summer 2021 wrapped up successfully, having collected more than $67,000 for charity. Let's take a look at some of the highlights in the final days of the event.

ESA Summer 2021 early highlights

ESA Summer 2021 has already featured some pretty incredible speedruns. We've selected some highlights here, covering the first half of the event.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 7-minute barrier broken

On July 22, 2021, Savestate broke the 7-minute barrier for the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Any% speedrun.

Runs at ESA Summer 2021 you don’t want to miss

ESA Summer 2021 gets underway on July 23. We've compiled a list of can't-miss speedruns from the week-long event that are sure to delight fans!

Insight into the mind of catalystz

Who is catalystz? He produces educational speedrunning content as well as being one of the world's best Dark Souls players. Check out our interview with this skilled speedrunning content creator!

Spotlight: FrozenFlygone

FrozenFlygone is a Celeste speedrunner who recently performed runs at SGDQ and Power Up With Pride. We spoke with her about speedrunning for our July Spotlight.

Final SGDQ 2021 Highlights

With SGDQ 2021 a wrap, we're taking one last opportunity to highlight some of our favorite events from the week-long speedrunning event.

Mid-week highlights for SGDQ 2021

Now midway through the event, SGDQ 2021 continues to deliver with memorable speedruns. Let's take a look at the highlights from the last couple of days.

Check if your runs are at risk due to a YouTube policy change

On July 23rd, your runs may become unavailable on Speedrun.com due to a YouTube policy change.

Early highlights from SGDQ 2021

Summer Games Done Quick 2021 got underway July 4 and runs through July 11. We've compiled some early highlights from the first three days of the event. Let's take a look!

How Dead Space Speedrunners cut their runs in half

Ahead of Dead Space's debut at SGDQ, let's take a look at the tech that allowed speedrunners to reduce their run times by half.

Glitch Hunting: What is it and how do you do it?

Glitch Hunting is an important activity within speedrunning — but what is it, *exactly*? And how can you get started?

Pride Month Speedrunners Spotlight

For Pride Month, we spoke with three talented LGBTQIA+ streamers about their experiences with speedrunning.

E3 2021: 8 Indie Titles for Speedrunners

E3 2021 introduced us to many intriguing new games. Today, we're taking a look at eight Indie titles that look promising for speedruns.

Lifeslide: speedrunning as a paper plane

An indie title that was on display at E3, Lifeslide's simple concept supports both a zen gameplay experience and a challenging speedrun opportunity.

Coming soon: Severed Steel, an FPS for speedrunners

Sitting down with the developer of Severed Steel, we learned how this game is built for speedrunning.

E3 2021: Top 8 AAA titles for speedrunners

E3 loaded up our wishlists with AAA titles full of speedrunning potential, including Elden Ring and Dying Light 2, among others! Here are some highlights expected to be released in 2021 and 2022.

How DOOM speedrunners skip the Praetor Suit

The Praetor Suit and accompanying cutscene were one of the last major slow points to overcome for DOOM speedrunning. This is the story of how it was solved.

Power Up With Pride, an Un-BEE-lievable Hit

Power Up With Pride 2021 was a success with plenty of entertaining speedruns, including new World Records, and an incredibly wholesome Community Segment.

1 2