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.
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.
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.