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.
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!
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.
Spartan Race Fenway Park!
Ragnar Relay Cape Cod!
Raid Series Boston!
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 - 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.
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.
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:
After running and/or walking the 61 flights of The Hancock Tower (now 200 Clarendon).
Team photo after having run the MuckFest MS!
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:
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.
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If you happen to be running for charity (or walking, biking, hiking, or anything else), we'd love to hear all about it.
We'd love to here about the charities that you support.
Do you have a favorite, or one that you've worked with closely?
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