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For me, running for charity is one of the most rewarding elements of being able to lace up the sneakers and go!

Even before I was a runner, I'd been drawn to being able to give to those in need.

Tell us all about your favorite charity here.

I remember being in elementary school, and doing kick-a-thons in karate, and laps in the pool, all in support of various foundations helping those in the community.

Now, whether I'm running or racing individually, or as part of a team, I always make it a point to select an organization for which I'll aim to raise funds.

I couldn't imagine it any other way!

Speaking of Teams...

When I'd owned a Personal Training studio in Watertown, MA, part of what many in our community looked forward to was our event calendar.

It was always exciting to have something on the calendar that would be an opportunity to get outside of the 4 walls that surround each of us for most of our days. That stands true, whether those are the walls of the office, home, or even the walls of the gym!

And, though fundraising was not a requirement of team members, it was such a great feeling to know the impact we were able to make when we worked together with a focus on that support.

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We have been very fortunate to have been able to support and to partner with many different organizations through our years of racing.

With some of those, we have been honored to have established longer-term and meaningful, professional relationships.

Here are those with which we are humbled to have worked:


For Those Who Would

For Those Who Would - FTWW is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity based out of Richmond, KY with a mission to support individuals prevented from participating in athletic and physical recreational activities due to debilitating injuries or chronic diseases.

We want to make a positive and meaningful impact on the lives of those individuals and to become the charity of choice for adventure and endurance athletes.

For Those Who Would also supports endurance and adventure athletes by providing a mechanism through which they can raise money for a personal cause that furthers the foundation's mission.

Click here to see our Supporting Athlete bio page on the FTWW website.

Click here to make a donation to For Those Who Would via Click & Pledge Connect.


The National Multiple Sclerosis Society - The National MS Society envisions a world free of MS. Their staff, volunteers, and participants in their fundraising events support the mission for people affected by MS to live their best lives as they aim to stop the condition in its tracks, restoring what has been lost, and ending MS forever.

A Few of the National MS Society Events

We're very fortunate to have partnered with teammates, while raising funds for The National MS Society, while participating in several of their events, including:

  • MuckFest MS - the fun mud and obstacle 5k that requires no special training. If you can laugh, you can do it. Have a blast on mountains of mud and outrageous obstacles. The event is built for laughs, but it's also on a serious mission: to support people living with multiple sclerosis and to bring us closer to a world free of MS.

  • Climb to the Top Boston - 61 flights. An unbelievable view. A world free of MS. Scrap the elevator and challenge yourself to an indoor, vertical 5k at Climb to the Top Boston! Ascend 1,200 stairs to the top of New England's tallest building, 200 Clarendon Tower, while raising critical funds to support people affected by MS.
climb to the top bostonAfter running and/or walking the 61 flights of The Hancock Tower (now 200 Clarendon).
muckiest msTeam photo after having run the MuckFest MS!

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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - St. Jude is leading the way that the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Through St. Jude's efforts:

  • Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food - because all a family should worry about is helping their child to live.

  • Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90%, and they won't stop until no child dies from cancer.

  • St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.

Click here to learn more about and to support our fundraising for St. Jude in the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Nashville 2020.


Are You Running for Charity?

running for charityTake a moment to tell us about your experience running for charity!

One of the exciting features of our site is that it is so easy for our visitors to contribute.

That can be by way of authoring pages, adding comments, writing race reports, and more.

We're always excited when we receive notification that one of our readers has created a new page!

If you happen to be running for charity (or walking, biking, hiking, or anything else), we'd love to hear all about it.

Do You Have a Favorite Charity That You Support and/or Fundraising Event That You've Participated In?

We'd love to here about the charities that you support.

Do you have a favorite, or one that you've worked with closely?

Tell us about it here, and let us know how we can help!

Here are a few ideas on what you might include:

  • The Charity that has the most meaning to me is _____

  • Running a 5k in support of _____

  • How our team is helping to put an end to _____

  • Here's what it was like running my first marathon for charity!

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