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.

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