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Running for Causes

July 26th, 2011 | Posted in Running

There comes a point in life when you feel like giving back more to the society and world around you. I know that Maslow calls it ‘self actualization’ in his famous need hierarchy, while others call it a simple ‘turning point’. Regardless of what it is called, in essence it’s the same thing. You feel like doing more, pitching in, bending your schedules… just about anything to make the world a better place by offering your little bit.

Some people begin entrepreneurial ventures to address this need, others venture out on philanthropic activities, while some roll up their sleeves and actively support those causes that are near and dear to them.

The contentment that you get from doing something good, rather than staying stuck in the rut we call ‘routine’, is exhilarating to no end.

If you feel like you want to do more, you can check out some of the charity walks and runs in your area and try participating in them. Sometimes these events are competitive, sometimes they are not, but they are a great way for raising awareness and money for causes that are close to your heart.

Also do it for yourself: Whether you prefer to run, jog or walk, there are charity events all year round all over the country that can give you a great training goal to motivate you. And the larger charity organizations often have programs that will support your training with teams & mentors.

Depending on how the event is organized, funds are raised for the charity either through registration fees from participants or sponsorship pledges. Those of us that participate get to enjoy an organized walk or run along scenic routes and often get snacks, drinks, t-shirts, and lots of great camaraderie.

I have mentioned some below… there are a lot more that I’ll talk about in the weeks to come.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Team ACS is a program that allows supporters to fund-raise for the American Cancer Society while participating in events around the country. Relay For Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and DetermiNation are some of the best ACS athletic events.

 

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Team In Training trains runners, walkers, triathletes, cyclists and hikers, and has raised over $1 billion in funds for cancer research. They sponsor more than 200 endurance events around the country, including the popular Nike Women Marathon coming up in San Francisco this October.

Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure

2008 marked 25th years of successful race fund-raising in the fight against breast cancer. Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is the largest series of 5K runs/fitness breast cancer walks in the world, with well over one million participants since 2005.

The March of Dimes

March for Babies events happen in 900 communities across the country, and supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies, and funds research to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.

American Heart Association

The Start! Heart Walk not only raises funds to save lives from cardiovascular diseases and stroke, but is designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living.

You can Google up the events close to your vicinity and plan your schedule around them. Leave a comment below and tell us what your favorite athletic charity event is!

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