Be charitable with your fitness!
The only thing better than a good run is a good run for a good cause. Thanks to people and organizations with big hearts, there are more opportunities for charity running and walking than ever before. Here are some unique examples of how you can run or walk for charity.
5 Unique Ways to Run or Walk for Charity:
1. Charity Miles (charitymiles.org). The free Charity Miles app records the miles you run or walk, and then the Charity Miles organization gives money for each mile to a charity you choose. The list of charities you can choose from includes Wounded Warrior Project, Feeding America, Autism Speaks, Stand Up to Cancer, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, The World Food Programme, and The Nature Conservancy.
2. Relay for Life (relayforlife.org). The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is a unique team experience that celebrates cancer survivors and raises money for future cancer research. Teams of people camp out around a track, and then each member of the team takes a turn walking around the track. In many locations, the event includes a Survivor’s Lap to celebrate cancer survivors as well as a Luminaria Ceremony to remember those who have been lost due to cancer.
3. The Color Run™ (thecolorrun.com). The Color Run™ — a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back to the community – is not a charitable organization, but it does choose a local charity to support in each city it visits. To learn more, visit Skinny Ms.’s The Color Run post.
4. The Heroes Mud Run (Aurora, IL) (theheroesmudrun.com). The Heroes Mud Run, which supports the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Heart of a Marine Foundation, is a 5k run over cross-country terrain. For those who enjoy a challenge, there are 12 professionally built obstacles to overcome and maneuver and, of course, lots and lots of mud.
5. Glow Run 5k (glowrun5k.com). The Glow Run 5k Run/Walk event is a one-of-a-kind nighttime experience that is less about how fast you run and more about enjoying the music filled glowing course with your friends and family. The runs, which feature an on-course DJ pumping out the latest dance mixes, include all kinds of runners and walkers regardless of different ages and fitness levels. Visit the website’s “Locations” page to find a glow run near you.
Ready to start training? Get started with Running a 5K is Easier Than You Think, 4 Steps to Running Your First Half-Marathon, and 10 Foods to Fuel Your Run. For a list of more runs, check out 10 Races That Will Get You Hooked on Running.
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