Welcome to Speed Demos Archive's Charity Marathons hub. This site acts as the hub for all of SDA's marathon activities. You can watch a live event, download a previous one, or plan for the next! Read all about our marathon mission, and join in.
As the name implies, SDA hosts speedrunning events for various charities. Speedrunners from around the globe gather at the events to show off intense displays of skill, patience, and planning in video games from the past and present. All of the runs are streamed online for free. Donations are collected by the charities directly. 100% of the donations go to the event's named charity.
Summer Games Done Quick 2013 was a huge success! Despite being considered the smaller sibling to the Awesome Games marathon, this SGDQ raised over $255,000 for Doctors Without Borders! It's certainly hard to call it "small" any longer. Over 100 people showed up to the marathon to participate in Denver, CO.
The AGDQ2013 marathon is over, and with it came plenty of laughs, excitement, and fun. Most importantly though, was the donations. After reconciling some missing donations in our tracker, we have found the final donation total to be a mind-blowing $448,423.27! We cannot thank the SDA community and everyone else who donated enough! All of the donations have gone directly to the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
Once everyone has calmed down and recovered, check back for news on what PCF will be putting that money towards.
Don't forget, we now have an official SDA Marathon Donation Tracker, which can keep you informed on everything donation related with the marathons. The site includes information for all our past events. During a marathon, you can also use this to keep track of donation challenges, choices, prize cutoffs, and more.
The next SDA Marathon will be Awesome Games Done Quick 2014. The marathon is still in the early planning stages, so stayed tune. More information can be found in the Upcoming section of the site once the marathon exits its planning stages.
During the marathons, there are several special events to entertain!
Prizes — Donate for a chance to win great prizes such as hand-knitted plushies,
games, and even big grand prizes such as a real metal Master Sword, or a Wii bundle!
Donation bids for runs — As with every SDA marathon, you can donate for file names of your choice and for certain challenges in runs. However there are also challenges for different routes, character choices, difficulty levels, and more!
Races — If the excitement of seeing games demolished by speedrunners wasn't enough, then don't miss the intense speedrun races! Runners face off against each other to beat the game in record time!
Bonus Games — Throughout the event, opportunities will arise for some of your favorite games/runs from previous marathons to be showcased despite missing from the schedule.