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Dec 162014

A race is often a fitness-themed fundraising event. You support a charity, group, person, or a good cause while getting some exercise. You are doing something good for yourself in addition to doing something good for others.

There’s the phrase, “be part of something bigger than yourself,” that truly applies to races that benefit a charity.  Some participants at these races are survivors of a disease, or have lost a loved one to illness. They have a personal connection to the cause. The events give them a chance to share stories and encourage support.

Some people sign up for a race and have no idea who the beneficiary is; they just want to run.

We each have our reasons to be there. Often, I have chosen to do a race over another because of whom or what benefits from the proceeds. Sometimes, the charity involved has a real presence, and have presented heartfelt stories that brought tears to my eyes. These races become more than just races — they become incentives to do my best for others.

Not everyone gives a donation every month to a charity, but a race calendar filled with events is a perfect way to donate. I have read a number of articles disputing how efficient charity races are for fundraising. For example, there are expenses that cut into proceeds: port-a-potty, signage, water, snacks, entertainment (DJ), permits and security, event t-shirts, etc.

I also recall doing a race whose expenses were covered by sponsorship — so 100% of the entry fees went to the charity, the perfect scenario.

From my perspective, a charity race is a win-win-win scenario. You win by crossing the finish line, and the charity wins by receiving the funding they need and further awareness of their specific cause. Most importantly, the individuals helped by the charity win from the research, services, education and support.

Make every drop of sweat count.


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