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Non-Profits and Charity Runs

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So you’re in the market for charity runs, that’s excellent to hear! Charity runs have becomeone of our favorite options to help a charity raise revenue, and it has the added perk of being generally excellent for your body. We constructed this blog to help people who are new to the concept of charity runs understand a little basic information so they can get started. I’ll bet we’ll have a answer for the questions you have, but if not, let us know and we’ll try to find the answer for you.

How do charity runs operate and collect funds for the charity? A typical charity run is launched and arranged by a charitable group that has an association with sports or fitness. Good samples are Livestrong, American Heart Association, or your local hospital. Charity runs function in a few specific ways to collect funds. First, athletes typically pay a relatively small registration fee that helps to finance the organization of the event and also goes specifically to the charity fund. By the way, you’ll probably get a souvenir t-shirt in the deal. Second, in many charity runs participants will work as fund-raisers and ask for donations or pledges from peers and family members. These pledges are either a set donation, or come in a per-mile format. Before you sign-up for a charity run, make sure you examine how your participation will specifically assist the charity.

Should I be in excellent shape to complete a charity run or can I train lightly? One of the great things about charity runs is that they’re naturally not too competitive. The main intention of the event is to build funds for a good cause as an alternative to running a record-setting run. Charity runs largely have races of different distances: 1 mile, 5k, 10k, all the way up to a marathon. This lets anyone participate. They will also often have an event specifically for walkers. Long story short,it would be a good idea to do a some light training in advance of your charity run, but you certainly don’t need to be a pro.

Is it hard to find a charity run? Charity runs happen quite frequently. If you’re on the prowl you’ll find one. The web is a perfect starting point. Try a search on one of the primary search engines, or on Twitter/Facebook. Call your cities biggest running club, or a local hospital and they can usually point you in the right direction. The local High School Cross Country coach is also a great place to begin looking. They will absolutely know about any neighborhood charity runs. Runners World magazine has a race list that contains charity runs. Finally, get out there and meet your fellow runners. Many times word of mouth is the ideal way to find your next charity run.

So there you have it. You’re ready to get out and participate in a charity run. Charity runs were a great fund-raising tool in 2010, and we hope they will continue to bring assistance in 2011! Good luck!

Charity Runs are great events for non-profit organizations, to learn more visit http://charityrunning.posterous.com/

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