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Charity Races

Charity races, runs and walks are as popular as ever right now. The idea of exercising while raising money for a worthy cause appeals to both athletes and amateurs. Before diving into a fun run or even a mini-triathlon, be sure to remember the following tips:

  • Know the charity you're supporting. Pick an event with a cause you have a special attachment to. If you aren't familiar with a charity beforehand, do some research to find out what they support and how long they've been around. Feel free to call the event coordinator to learn exactly where your money will be going.

  • Read the entry form carefully and look for minimum donation requirements. While some events have a simple entry fee, larger events often require you to collect donations in the hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Be sure you realize the time commitment involved before the actual event, and compile a list of friends and businesses that you can solicit for money.

  • Train and be prepared. Just because you did a 5K three years ago doesn't mean you're still in shape to do it again. Right before the race is not the time to break in your new pair of running shoes. If you have time, check out the course you'll be running on. Be sure to combat possible weather problems by bringing outerwear and rain gear to the event. The day before the race, restrict your diet to carbohydrates and fluids while avoiding carbonated drinks and alcohol. And most importantly-have fun!




With these tips in mind, here are some of the large and adventurous charity races going on around the country:

  • Walk to Cure Diabetes
    With 170 events across the country, the diabetes walk raised $57 million for diabetes research last year for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
    Perhaps best known for its youth read-a-thon, the MS society also holds special fundraising bike rides, walks and runs across the country.

  • Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
    A three-day walk held in major cities across the country.

  • Climb for a Cure
    Climbing Mount McKinley is tough, but so is beating cancer. The climb for a cure is an attempt to raise awareness for cancer through donations. While the climb is not meant for regular citizens, you can help the climbing team by donating money though their Web site.

  • Race for the Cure
    The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation will hold more than 100 races in the United States and three other countries this year. The 5K events raise money for breast cancer research.

  • WalkAmerica
    The March of Dimes holds this yearly event to raise awareness of infant health problems.




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