Do you have an interest in raising money for a good cause for your marathon journey? Typically, we get so caught up in our daily lives and training, that we forget how easy running for charity could actually be. There is just something about helping others during the long training program. For me, it helps keep me focused; making sure I eat, sleep, and train properly so that I may reach my goal.
I have identified a number of programs below, though I would have to be a bit biased for the organization I promote…Girls on the Run.
Founded by Molly Barker in 1996, the Girls on the Run® mission is to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Girls on the Run is a life-changing, experiential learning program for girls aging eight to thirteen years old. The program’s main theme to build the girl’s self-esteem, and then combine training for a 3.1 mile running events, enhancing, and uplifting workouts.
One of the world’s most recognized endurance sports training programs, the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training will get you trained and to one of several marathon’s they are teamed up with. You will be raising money to help fight leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma patients
The Arthritis Foundation’s athletic training program, named Joints in Motion, is setup to help promote the awareness of arthritis. They have designated a number of different marathons throughout the country, and will get you trained to run the marathon you choose.
Through the Children’s Tumor Foundation, you have an opportunity to support, promote, and raise money for the families of children suffering from Neurofibromatosis. There are are a number of endurance events to participate in with their NF Marathon Team.
Raise awareness and money for children fighting cancer and other deadly illnesses through the St. Jude Heroes Charity, for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
If none of above programs fit, you can always help by donating your old running shoes to one of several organizations. In addition to the link above, check your local paper for a listing of such organizations which make home collection visits.
In closing, I wish to also plug another program called Race For Others. You can read more about it here: Race For Others