Announcing Even More Support for the Ronald McDonald House!

As in years past, the 2015 Nick’s Marathon will raise money to provide new video-games and accessories to The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. But for the first time, not only will we be providing these games to the House in New Hyde Park, but also to the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital!

The Family Room in Stony Brook is relatively new, having just opened in 2013. This special area is located right inside Suffolk County’s only children’s hospital, and it provides an area of respite for the families of children undergoing medical care. It features many of the amenities of home, including a television, fully-stocked fridge, laundry, and even a private bathroom with a shower. The one thing it doesn’t have, however, is video-games.

But that will change this year! Nick’s Marathon has committed to providing the room with a new Nintendo WiiU console, controllers, and games. We are also hoping to provide them with several 3DS handheld systems that can be used in and outside of the Family Room.

Video-games provide sick children and their families a way to temporarily escape their health problems and focus on something much more enjoyable. Nick understood this all to well, regularly turning to games as he recovered from his various cancer treatments. Now, with your support, even more families staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island will be able to play a variety of fun new games.

To donate, please click here.

And you can read more about Nick’s special connection to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island here.

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Save the Date for Karaoke!

We are just two weeks away from the kick-off of Nick’s Marathon, but we’ve got even more fun stuff planned! On Saturday, December 5th, join us at Keats Bar in New York City for a night of fun, fundraising, and KARAOKE!

(And be warned, many of us like to sing. Badly. Loudly. Repeatedly.)

Come and join us, and your $20 donation at the door goes directly to honoring the memory of a great friend and brightening the lives of sick children. There will be drink specials, good times, and lots of 80′s songs.

(Did we mention the karaoke?)

Hope to see you there!


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Stay Dry with Nick’s Marathon!

Want to show the world you support a great cause and stay dry in the rain? Then you need an official Nick’s Marathon umbrella!

The ONLY way to get one is to make a donation to Nick’s Marathon of $100 or more, so click here and make your tax-deductible donation now! And for the first time ever, we are now accepting donations through Venmo as well as PayPal.

We’re gearing up for this year’s Nick’s Marathon, and we’re aiming to make it the biggest and best event yet. Thanks for your support!

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Nick’s Marathon 2015 Date Set

Ready Players?

Nick’s Marathon 2015 has an official date—the 48 hour gaming session will begin at 8pm on Friday, November 13th, 2015. We’ve got big plans for this year, so be sure to check back here, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter for all the latest news!

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The Nick’s Marathon “Big Game” Pool


If you’d still like to make a tax-deductible donation to support Nick’s Marathon, click here!

It’s almost Super Sunday, and that means it’s time once again for the Nick’s Marathon “Big Game” pool (you know the game we mean…)

It works like a standard office pool, only everything is online. Each box costs $10, and you can buy as many as you want.  Just use the PayPal button below to pay for your boxes, and then we’ll email you the password so you can make your picks.

Before the big game, numbers will be randomly assigned to the grid. You win when your numbers are the last digits of the scores at the end of each quarter. Half of all the money we raise goes directly to our charity, so here’s how the payouts work:

$500 goes to Nick’s Marathon
$300 goes to the Final Score
$100 goes to the Halftime Score
$50 each go the scores at the end of the 1st and 3rd Quarters

That means you could win up to $500 (if your numbers come up on all 4 quarters!), all while supporting a great cause – it’s win-win!

Good luck, everyone!

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And The Kids Go Wild!

Last night was the annual Lights of Love Holiday party at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, and, just like last year, Nick’s Marathon came bearing gifts!

We had brand new video games for every system: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and the handhelds, 3DS and Vita. Of course, the whole “toys-to-life” thing is all the rage right now, so  we also came with Disney Infinity and Skylanders figures, as well as the Nintendo amiibos.

Needless to say, the kids were pretty thrilled!

The kids seemed to be most excited by Minecraft, NHL 15, and Super Smash Bros., which we know from extensive first-hand experience is a ton of fun to play with a group.

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to catch all of the absolute pandemonium on video (our hands were pretty full when we walked in!), but this video gives you some sense of the reaction we got.

And here are some of our favorite pictures for good measure:
These pictures and video illustrate why we do what we do. The kids are ecstatic when they are playing video-games, and, even if it’s just for a little while, they get to forget about everything else. Nick knew that all too well, and as you can see, he isn’t the only one who feels that way.
Once again, we want to thank everyone who helped make all of this happen!
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Bar Night!

This December 6th, we will be having our Third Annual Nick’s Marathon Bar Night, and all of our fans and supporters are invited!

We’ll be meeting up at Full Circle Bar in Brooklyn, and a $20 donation will get you drink specials all night. But that’s not all: there will also be SKEEBALL! That’s right, you can eat, drink, and play skeeball, all while helping to raise money for a great cause.

How freakin’ cool is that?

We hope to see you all there!



What: Nick’s Marathon Bar Night

Where: Full Circle Bar, 318 Grand Street, Williamsburg Brooklyn (directions)

When: Saturday December 6th, 9pm – ?

$20 donation entitles you to drink specials all night

All proceeds go to Nick’s Marathon


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Another Marathon in the Books

Well, that’s a wrap for Nick’s Marathon 2014! As always, we had a great time gaming for an entire weekend, and we want to thank everyone who watched, played with us, and donated to our cause! We raised over $4,000 so far, and we’re not done yet! (More on that to come…)

Here are a few of the highlights of NM14:

  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U was a ton of fun, especially when we had a lot of people playing all at once.
  • Mario Kart 8 also led to some pretty heated competitions. The new DLC characters and tracks were great, and Link was especially popular.
  • We also played a lot of games based on… well, games. Jeopardy, Family Feud, and Monopoly contests got intense, and we found out who among us REALLY knows their 18th century European history!
  • As expected, we consumed mass quantities of junk food, but we also had… vegetables? Yup, this was the healthiest NM to date! And by that I mean, we only ate a small amount of roasted veggies — sometimes served alongside deep fried chicken, but hey, it still counts!
  • We’ve had little ones game with us before, but this year, the next generation really represented! On Sunday, we had three kids playing at the same time (with some help from their parents, of course), and it’s great to see that now it’s not just the grown ups who look forward to Nick’s Marathon!

Thanks again to everyone who supported us!

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It’s Almost Time For Nick’s Marathon!

Nick’s Marathon 2014 will kick off this Friday evening, and we are ready! The event was timed to coincide with the release of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and we plan on playing a lot of this highly anticipated game. The console has been updated to work with the new amiibo figures, and Smash has been pre-downloaded! Those new Mario Kart 8 tracks that were released last week? Already installed and ready to go!

Of course, we won’t JUST be playing the Wii U. Thanks to James’ vast collection – and his own personal arcade machine filled with pretty much every classic game ever – we have a nearly infinite set of possibilities.

And let’s not forget all the junk food we’re going to eat! The fact is that you just can’t play video-games for hours on end and then eat a salad. Sorry, salad. Our sustenance will consist primarily of pizza, wings, greasy diner food, some Chinese, and possibly even a burrito or two. A lot of people abandon their healthy habits for Thanksgiving and the holidays; we just start that tradition a little earlier.

Of course, all of the games and spicy wings in the world wouldn’t make for a succesful Marathon. Nope, the most important element is the people you eat and play with. Yes, it’s sappy, but it’s true. We do the Marathon to pay tribute to Nick, a wonderful friend who passed away far too young. But by enjoying his favorite hobby together – while raising money for a great cause – it feels like he’s right there with us.

And that leads us right to the shameless plug for donations! Whatever you can give – however small – is very much appreciated, and can help provide a wonderful distraction to a sick child. Of course, if you’re feeling especially generous and donate $100 or more, we will send you a portable charger/power bank! It’s a pretty cool little gadget that you can carry around and use to charge your cell phone, tablet, or whatever, even if you’re nowhere near an outlet. Very practical!

Thanks for all of the support, and be sure to watch, chat with us, and donate this weekend right here at!

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Nick’s Marathon 2014 is Coming Soon!

The official countdown to Nick’s Marathon 2014 is on! We are just a few weeks away from 48 straight hours of video games, all in the name of charity.

In case you don’t know who we are or what we do, here’s the short version: Our friend Nick Capobianco passed away in 2008 from leukemia at the age of 28. Nick loved video games, spending time with his friends, and helping others, so we started this charity as a way of honoring his memory. Every year we spend an entire weekend playing games, live-stream all of it at, and we ask people to support us as we try to make kids’ lives better.

Last year, we provided the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island with an Xbox One, a PlayStation 4, a Nintendo Wii U, several Nintendo 3DS’s and PlayStation Vitas, and a plethora of games and accessories for each of those systems. This year we will continue to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, as well as other great causes, like a scholarship that was established in Nick’s name at his former high school.

Of course, we encourage donations of any size, but as an added incentive this year, anyone donating $100 or more will receive a cool new power bank/portable charger! You can carry this stylish little gizmo with you and use it to recharge your cell phone, tablet, or whatever else is running low on power. It’s our way of saying “thank you” to our generous supporters.

(The actual charger may not look exactly like the one pictured here.)

As we gear up for the event, don’t forget to Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and help us spread the word! We raised over $5,000 last year, and we’d love to be able to top that number in 2014!


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