Charity Runs: Do Good For More Than Just Your Body

Charity Runs: Do Good For More Than Just Your Body

Keep the holiday spirit going all year long by incorporating charity fitness events into your routine. Not only does signing up for a race give you motivation to reach your fitness goals, but fundraising and taking part in events that do good for others also nourish your heart. With hundreds of charity events across the country, there is likely a race for a cause you care about. If you're not sure where to start, check out these events:

Wounded Warrior Project 8K
The Wounded Warrior Project raises awareness of the needs of injured service members. The organization focuses on economic empowerment, soldier-to-soldier engagement and programs to support a healthy mind and body. The Wounded Warrior Project 8K Runs raise awareness and funds to support Wounded Warriors and the organization's mission.

Run 10 Feed 10

Run 10K, feed 10 children in your community. That's the idea behind
Run 10 Feed 10. When you register for an event, ten meals are instantly provided to children in your event community. What's great about this charity run is if you don't live near a host city you can sign up to run your own 10K. The money from your registration and fundraising efforts will go to those in metropolitan areas nearest to you.

Warrior Dash
Warrior Dash is more than your traditional 5K. Warrior Dash holds the title of world's largest obstacle race series. Warrior Dash partners with St. Jude and St. Jude Warriors have raised more than $3 million dollars. Participants who hit fundraising milestones for St.Jude earn race-day perks like private bathrooms and St.Jude Warrior gear.

Gorilla Runs
The Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund hosts five gorilla runs across the US and Canada. Participants dressed as gorillas run, walk and bike for the cause. In 2009, the Denver race set the Guinness World Record for "Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Gorillas" at 1,061. Race registration includes a personal donation to the fund and a gorilla suit you get to keep.

Jingle Bell Run/ Walk for Arthritis
About 50 million Americans are affected by arthritis and two-thirds of those affected are under the age of 65. The Jingle Bell Run/ Walk for Arthritis is the nations largest holiday 5K race series. With more than 100 events nationwide, teams raise funds that support arthritis research and education. Racers get into the spirit by dressing in holiday themed costumes and tying jingle bells to their shoes.

What events or activities do you do to stay in shape and give back? Let us know in the comments below! If you need help getting started we have your running training terms, ways to find a running buddy and motivation for 5K training here.


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