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How to Help Your Fellow Charity Runners

So many runners are motivated to run races through charities. These charities provide bibs for runners who raise money on the charity’s behalf. Run Disney has thousands of charity runners race each year. Even though I have yet to run for a charity, I have several friends who do it on a regular basis. I try to support them in any way possible, because fundraising can be hard work. It feels good for my soul when I can help a charity runner with their efforts and maybe it will pay back in dividends when I finally decide to run for a charity. 

 

My friends who ran Run Disney in January for Team in Training.

 
There are many ways you can help a charity runner, even without donating money. These are simple ideas that are greatly appreciated by the runners. 

1) Spread the Word

With such a huge presence on social media nowadays, charity runners use it as a tool to get the word out about their cause. You can “like” their fundraising page or “share” their posts about the fundraising. This helps them spread the word and reach a bigger audience. 

2) Donate Your Time

If you have any free time available, you can donate it to help volunteer. Many charity runners host events to raise money. I’ve seen events such as garage sales to casino nights be used as fundraising tools. You can offer your time to be of assistance at a fundraising event. 

3) Offer Your Talents

As a Pilates instructor, I’ve offered to teach classes for charity runners where all proceeds go to their cause. It’s a great way to showcase my talents to the community while the runners earn money for the selected charity. Think of a talent that you can donate. Are you a great artist? …donate a t-shirt design. Can you play an instrument? …offer to be entertainment for an event. I promise they’ll appreciate the offer. 

4) Donate Training Supplies

Many large training groups, such as Team in Training, organize large training runs. Oftentimes they provide fuel stations. You can donate small snack items such as pretzels as fuel for the runners. 

5) Collect Change 

Obviously they’d love a monetary donation, but don’t forget that every little bit helps. Your extra coins eventually add up too. 

 

Team Fox runners who run for Parkinson’s Research. photo credit: Fox Foundation

 
Once you start racing, it’s not long before you know runners who race for charities. I admire all of the hard work they do on top of their training. Reach out to your running friends and see how you can help too. Most importantly, remember that every effort helps. 

Susannah

Monday 8th of February 2016

Thanks for these great ideas! I'm not a runner but I love helping out with those who are!

HilLesha

Friday 5th of February 2016

I'm not a runner, but these are wonderful ideas, nonetheless. Thanks for sharing!

Kacie

Friday 5th of February 2016

I admire anyone who tries to raise money for charity (or anyone gives of there time to others in general). Those are great ways to help support others. I'll keep all of these things in mind!

MyTeenGuide

Friday 5th of February 2016

These are great ideas. I never knew about these things.

Pam

Friday 5th of February 2016

These are some great tips! It's important to remember that there are ways to help support friends even when you can't donate much to their cause. :)

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