Raising money for charity comes in many weird and wonderful ways, and one of the most popular is to organize a fun run. Not only will you be helping to raise much needed funds for charity, but it is also a great way to help people kick start a new fitness regime….and that includes you!
I personally took part in a 10K run for Cancer Research last year, and even though I didn’t train as hard as I said I would (naughty!), I still found the time to visit the gym to prepare myself for the run (which I completed in just over an hour).
A fun run is a great way to get your community involved in your fundraising idea, and is sure to spark the interest of keen local runners who would love to take part.
MAKE IT LEGAL
First things first; you need to ensure that you have made obtained permission for your planned route with either the local council or the landowner. They will also inform you of whether you can use this specific route for your planned charity run. You will also need to contact your chosen charity to inform them of your plans. This will, of course, allow the charity to help you promote your run to help you raise as much money as possible.
PLAN YOUR ROUTE
I was lucky enough to be in the UK when I did my charity run, and that gave me a wide choice of places to choose my run. The UK has an amazing choice of countryside and I couldn’t have wished for a better setting. Sometimes we all take where we live for granted, leaving it to tourists to journey deep into our national treasures. You can use a charity run as an opportunity to explore and reconnect with your environment. For example, my run for Cancer Research took in Althorp House, a magnificient house in the North of England – not only did we run around the grounds, but also finished right outside the famous heritage site.
DON’T GO IT ALONE!
Clearly organising an event of the likes of which I was fortunate enough to be a participant requires a little more planning than a one man job, so do rally round your friends and family to share the workload (always start small!). Make sure that you have someone with first aid training (I saw a ladies race finish before it began when one participant fell over and banged her head), and ensure your route has plenty of opportunities for toilet facilities and refreshments will be required.
CONTACTING THE CHARITIES
When you tell charities of your plans they will be able to really help you with your plans. They have heaps of experience and have been helping to organize these types of events for years. So your small idea can get the transformation it deserves and become a successful charity fundraiser.
Maria Jakobson, the author of this post, is a travel writer and journalist for udopt.co.uk, the animal adoption specialists. Udopt is the place where Mums and Dads can learn about endangered animals and the work of charities online. When she’s not travel blogging or enjoying a spa, she’ll most likely be helping a charity, and even running for one!
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