Several of my family members, including myself, have been affected by Cancer. My father succumbed to the disease many years ago, however my sister is a breast cancer survivor. So, at every possible occasion, I look for the chance to raise funds for “the cause”.
I also know charities rely on this type of fundraising, to produce a sizeable proportion of their income; it all adds up to much needed funds. If a charity is relying on me, I won’t want to let them down - there will be an element of compulsion to make me continue and finish the race. This helps to give me the incentive to take on a real challenge like running a marathon.
Running for a charity is a hugely rewarding activity. The knowledge that you are helping others can spur you on when your motivation needs a boost.
In addition, there is the pleasure of being with fellow charity runners - either running for the same charity or another –I know I’ll never without support on the race day. During a race, there is always a special camaraderie amongst charity runners, which helps give me an extra spring in my step.
High profile race events, such as the Chicago Marathon, are a great opportunity for a charity to raise awareness of their cause. I will be just one of those raising awareness of the Silver Sneakers ASLF Chicago Marathon Team”. What’s more, during the course of the fund-raising, I will also be highlighting the charity and its efforts, to everyone I ask to support my challenge.