As a runner, you might get asked why you run. Many who enjoy running do so without regard to the weather or time of day. Some people run for personal reasons. Others run for a cause. If you want to support a charity while partaking in some of the best runs, read on to see The list Ira Riklis compiles of where you can get in on the action.
Blue Cross Broad Street Run
The Blue Cross Broad Street Run is a big event held in Philadelphia in May. This is a great event for runners who want to support the American Cancer Society through donations and pledges. This 10-mile run takes you all over the city and registration is capped at 40,000 runners. Drawings for cool door prizes are available to all registered runners. Invite your entire family to watch you race. There are even activities for kids of all ages to keep things interesting throughout the race.
Cupid’s Chase 5K
Cupid’s Chase 5K takes place in 33 cities across the U.S. in February. The proceeds from this race go to Community Options, Inc. which is an organization dedicated to developing housing and employment opportunities to disabled individuals. All are welcome to participate in this 3.2-mile course. You only need to raise $50 to claim the first-level prize which is something to look forward to after all your hard work.
Cause + Adventure 5K Run/Walk Race Series
This event takes place in Boston, MA, Portland, OR and Boise, ID in the spring, fall and to be determined (respectively). This is a fairly new event that is unique in that it lets you decide where the money raised should go. Any organization that is a Guidestar-registered 501-c-3 charitable organization can benefit from this race. Even if you can’t make it to one of these races, you can sign up to run wherever you are as this event allows 150 virtual participants.
Jingle Bell Run/Walk
The Jingle Bell Run/Walk is held in more than 100 cities across the U.S and takes place from July to December. This event supports the Arthritis Foundation. The Foundation provides the arthritis community with access to support within their individual communities, care, science on treatments, information and resources. This festive event encourages runners to get creative by donning elf and Santa costumes and wearing lots of red, green, blue and bells to complete the 5K. The minimum fundraising goal for each runner is $150.
St. Jude Walk/Run To End Childhood Cancer
This event is held in 60 cities across the U.S. in September. St. Jude’s Children Hospital provides free hospital care for children who are battling cancer. It also researches cancer treatments. St. Jude’s depends on fundraising events such as this one to provide the necessary care to kids with cancer. Since opening in 1962, St. Jude’s has increased the cancer survival rate for children from 20 percent to 80 percent.
Not only can you keep your health in check, but you can also run for a great cause. You can choose a charity that is close to your heart. There are many events that support many different causes. Some of these causes include:
- Disaster and Emergency Relief
- Emergency and Rescue
- Environment and Conservation
- Family and Parenting
- Social Welfare
- Overseas Aid
There are endless charities that provide crucial services to those in need. Running is a great way to raise money for such organizations so that they can continue to provide services that help so many people. There’s no doubt that if you enjoy running or even walking, then you should take part in a worthwhile fundraising race to benefit an organization that you want to support.