Did you know that hundreds of charity runs are taking place this year?
From fun runs in your local park to huge 5K marathons, this year it’s time for you to step up your game.
But do runs for charity actually make a difference? Yes, they do. In fact, in 2018 the Boston Marathon raised a total of $36.6 million for various charities.
As well as making a difference to the world you live in, there are many personal benefits too. Training for and running to raise money for charity may even change your life.
Not convinced? Check out these 7 reasons why you should run for charity this year. Are you ready? On your marks, get set, GO!
Run for a Cause
Running is good for your ticker. Your heart will thank you if you decide to start running for exercise. But running for charity is a whole different ball game.
There are many reasons to run for a cause, and they are not selfish in any way. Are you ready to get motivated? Keep reading…
1. Make a Difference
The BEST reason you should run for a cause is because of the actual cause!
Running for charity isn’t a selfish thing. It can help to raise money for amazing causes from all over the world. And there are thousands to choose from.
Some charities provide money for research into terminal cancers. Whereas others provide basic amenities for countries in need, such as shoes or clean water. Whichever cause you choose, you could change someone’s life!
Usually, after a small sign-up fee, the rest of the money you raise will go directly to your chosen charity. Are you ready to give a little?
2. Raise Awareness
As well as raising money for charity, you may also help to spread awareness. During the event, your charity will deck you out in something that represents the charity. This means, as you run along, onlookers will see what you’re representing.
For example, if you’re running to spread awareness of an unknown disease. Seeing your message may move onlookers to check themselves or visit the doctor. It could save their life.
Or run for a charity that doesn’t receive a lot of recognition. Do your part and show onlookers that they deserve recognition for their hard work. Such as nurses, or guide dog trainers.
As you run along, you can feel proud that you’re raising awareness to the public.
3. Run for the One You Love
Many who step up and take part in runs for charity do it for someone they love.
For instance, if a family member or friend has struggled with a disease or illness. Running to raise money for that particular charity can help you feel like you’re doing your bit to support their treatment.
Running for charity is also a great way to remember a loved one who died. Your love for them can motivate you to jump up and do your bit. You may also run to thank the people and charities who helped your loved one during their treatment too.
4. You’re Not Alone
When you decide to run for a cause, you become part of a worldwide family of runners. Whether your comrades in arms are supporting the same charity as you or not, there will always be someone to turn too.
But it’s not only your fellow runners who will motivate you to keep going. The crowd will be cheering for you too. If you’re running to raise money for a cause they are specifically supporting, you will hear louder cheers as you run along.
On the big day, don’t forget to invite your friends and family along too. Their cheers of support may be just what you need to keep going.
As well as the new friends you make along the way, the charity you support will do their part too. Some offer training plans and tips. And some runs for charity include post-race parties, massages, and therapies.
5. A Reason to Sweat
You may HATE running or even breaking a sweat. But running to raise money gives you a reason to step out of your comfort zone.
After signing up, your chosen charity will rely on you to complete the race. Even when the elements aren’t favorable.
This sense of purpose will give you the motivation you need to cross the finish line. And when the race is finally complete, you’ll feel like a new person. The life skills, point of view, and confidence you’ll take from your experience are invaluable.
Beyond the sense of achievement that you’ll feel at the finish line, you may even start to enjoy running after all.
6. Fit for Life
It’s clear to see that runs for charity are pretty selfless. BUT there are personal benefits that go along with your selfless deed.
Training for your race will be a challenge, especially if it’s your first time. If you train properly you’ll be fitter and faster than ever. The motivation from supporting your charity will keep you on the right track, without giving up.
Yes, training for a cause can give you a great start to a new fitness routine. And you may never look back.
It’s a win-win situation!
7. No Regrets
Have you ever heard anyone say, “I wish I hadn’t run for a cause”? No way! More likely you’ll hear someone say, “It was tough, but I’d do it all over again”!
In fact, scientific research confirms that there is true happiness in giving. Running for charity will leave you with no regrets, only happy memories.
All the hard work, effort, and sacrifice will feel totally worth it at the end of the day.
Are You Ready to Run for Charity?
Are you ready to run for charity? It’s clear to see there are a ton of reasons why.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your sneakers, sign up, and start training today!
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