Train, Run, and Raise: How Being Charitable Can Get You Fit

Boston Marathon 2012

Athletes heading to Boston downtown a few minutes after the start of the Boston Marathon in April 2012.
Image: Marcio Jose Bastos Silva /

In our busy lives, sometimes it can be hard to find time for all the things we want to do. We are less than a month into the New Year, and already some are finding it hard to stick to New Year’s resolutions like giving to charity and getting in shape.

But why not just combine the two? It’s become more and more popular over the years to run charity races and participate in events where most of the proceeds go to nonprofit organizations. Running a marathon, half marathon, a 5K or even a fun run can be a great way to get yourself moving and do some good at the same time.

Consider participating in these events this year:

Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Join or create a walk in your area to help raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s research, care, and support.

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer – You can join in on one of many national walk events, ranging from Houston to Boston to San Francisco to New York. You’ll help raise money to support the Avon Foundation for Women and have the weekend of a lifetime.

Relay for Life – Walk or run, it’s your choice—either way, joining a Relay for Life team will mean that you’re helping to raise money and awareness for cancer, remember those lost to it, and do something about it.

Marine Corps Marathon – Help the Marine Corps raise money for charity by running in this Washington, D.C., marathon, which is the fourth-largest marathon in the country (and ninth in the world). But you’d better make up your mind fast, since the race’s lottery opens up on February 23rd.

Boston Marathon – This year will be the 118th occurrence of the historical race, which has raised more than $140 million for charity over the years. Sponsored by the Boston Athletic Association the 2014 race will happen on April 21st.

Tough Mudder – If obstacle courses are your thing, check out Tough Mudder, which touts itself the “premier obstacle course series in the world.” This is a fun, though intense, physical competition that raises money for the Wounded Warrior Project. To date, it has raised over $6 million for the project.

Obviously there are a ton of other charity races and sports events out there—which ones have you participated in or do you plan to participate in this year? I’d love to hear some more suggestions in the comments below!

One thought on “Train, Run, and Raise: How Being Charitable Can Get You Fit

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