In the spirit of giving it’s time to reflect on two things, running and charity. What better way to make yourself feel good and help others at the same time than by running for charity? Last year almost half a million people ran a marathon and even more participated in walk-a-thons. And a big percentage of those were for charity.
Don’t worry if you’re not a trained athlete or ready to run a marathon, there are plenty of fun runs and walkathons. And if you don’t want to be in the race you can always sponsor a runner or even volunteer your time on race day. Charity events always need volunteers to work the check in or water stations. And don’t forget that your monetary contribution will be tax deductible.
Pick a charity that you’re passionate about. There are plenty of them out there to choose from, from cancer to animal rescue to homelessness. Donating or participating in a charity run that is close to your heart will make the experience even better. Running for charity is a great way to make a difference in the world.
Spend some quality time with friends and family by running or walking in a charity marathon or walk-a-thon. This way you not only get some exercise, but you get in some social time, plus help others all at the same time.
Check out the site firstgiving.com, which helps users manage grassroots fundraising campaigns online. You can also check out Charity Miles and become a sponsored athlete. You just turn on the app, choose a charity, and press start. As you run or walk, Charity Miles tracks your distance and the money earned. When you’re finished you accept your sponsorship and then start spreading the word.
Another way to go is with Run For Charity. They help you find charities to support and help runners learn how to fundraise for those charities.
There are so many reasons you should be running for charity. You will be doing good for yourself as well as for others.