There are so many reasons to run a race for charity and I’ve been Thinking Out Loud about just a few. In a world full of negativity it’s great to contribute to something good. As many of you know I ran the Chicago Marathon last year for Ronald McDonald House Charities and will be running again this year as well. It was a truly incredible experience and I would encourage you to run for an organization you believe it.
Running is often an individual sport. Even though you might train with someone else or in a group, your goals are specific to you and your effort. Racing for a charity allows you to be part of a team and work toward a common goal for a particular event. Everyone is working to pull their weight so the team can raise as much money and awareness for charity as possible.
RAISE AWARENESS & FUNDS
The most obvious reason why you should run for charity is because you can help bring awareness and raise money for a worthy cause. Not only does this give you another reason to go out for a run, but it allows you to feel just a little bit better about yourself in the process.
EMPOWERMENT ON COURSE
When you hit a bad patch in the race and feel down about yourself all you have to do is think about all the people that you are running for. There are so many amazing charities out there to choose from so choose something that is close to your heart. When you start feeling low all you need to do is think about whom you are running for and why they matter. Running for a cause gives you that push on course right when you need it.
RACE DAY AMENITIES
While this isn’t the biggest reason you should run a race for charity it definitely doesn’t hurt. Some charities offer amazing incentives and amenities before, during and after the race. Ronald McDonald House Charities rolls out the red carpet (literally) for their athletes during the Chicago Marathon. Last year we were treated to a delicious pre-race dinner and enjoyed lots of race day perks like private portajohns, food before and after the race and a warm welcome after crossing the finish line. A lot of really large races allow you to secure your spot by running for charity and a lot of times that charity will pay your race entry fee pending that you raise the necessary amount.
If you would like to help me raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities, you can do so here. I appreciate your help and thanks in advance!
Have you ever run a race for charity? What was your experience?