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3 Recommendations for Charity Runners

By on 06/19/2013 in Running

3 Recommendations for Charity Runners

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Charity runners in search of a post-game party.

Over the last 10 years, many charities have recruited their supporters to combine fundraising for the mission and completing a long-time fitness goal such as running a marathon, or even a 5K. These charity runners who are devoted to the mission and who raise funds have contributed greatly to the great work by many charities. Altruism has several rewards. For one, your sense of accomplishment of crossing the finish line is enhanced by being part of something larger. Your apprehension can be enhanced as well, because you feel more accountable to the charity, the team, and your donors.

If you are a charity runner, here are three recommendations to make your experience great.

1. You can’t get to the finish line if you don’t get to the start line. Pick a training plan that is not too aggressive. Many charity runners feel added pressure to train hard because they’ve engaged so many others in their quest. In some cases, this desire to satisfy the donors leads runners to train too hard or to ignore the beginnings of an injury. You should pay attention to signs of injury and overtraining before reaching the point where you are forced to stop training. The good news is that many charity runners are likely to follow a designed training program offered through the charity of choice. The guidance of the appropriate training plan and guidance from your coach helps you stay the course and have success on race day.

2. Start early in training and fundraising. Just as you plan the steps it will take to ensure you run a great race on race day, plan the steps it will take to raise the money you pledge for the charity of your choice. You will get support and advice from the charity, but it is up to you to follow through. You are going to be able to engage those close to you, likely your friends and family, in this quest to better yourself and your community. This can be an enjoyable part of the journey. Like your training plan, the best results happen when you start early in the season and build throughout the season. Don’t try to cram training or fundraising in the last few weeks.

3. Spread the word. Engage your family, friends, co-workers, and everyone you come in contact with in your quest. Tell them what you are doing – AND WHY! Share the mission of your charity and the great work it does. Don’t forget to thank them – engage them in your celebration! Many charity runners use the post-game party as a cherry on top for their fundraising efforts. And if you are very pleased with your running coach you’ve had for the race, be sure to invite the coach to the post-game festivities. Hint.

Does being a charity runner sound like a course you’d like to take in your running efforts? Does your organization want to provide professional training to your charity runners? If so, click on to see a list of my charity partners and for more information.

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