While every race is different, a lot of the times a portion of proceeds go towards a particular charity as fundraising efforts. Even when races have a particular beneficiary for the race, did you know you can sometimes raise funds for a different charity? One highlight of the Pittsburgh Marathon weekend is their Run For A Reason program.
If you are thinking about participating in the Run for A Reason program as part of your Pittsburgh Marathon experience, I have a few tips to help you get started and what to expect.
$50 - Toyota Pittsburgh Kids Marathon
$50 - Rachel Ray Nutrish Pittsburgh Pet Walk
$500 - DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon
$350 - UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon
$1,000 - FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay (per team)(Source: Pittsburgh Marathon)
For myself, I have strong connections with the Alzheimer's Association as I lost my grandmother to this horrible disease earlier this year. After watching what happened not only to her, but also to myself and my family, I hope that one day Alzheimer's will be a thing of the past and no one will ever have battle such a terrible disease ever again. The funds that I raise will go towards programs for those currently with Alzheimer's (and their families) along with finding a cure to end Alzheimer's once and for all.
Maybe you have a connection with childhood cancer, Autism, literacy programs, animal rescue, or perhaps you just want to help the Pittsburgh community as a whole. With 30+ charities to choose from, there is likely a cause that you are passionate about to run for a reason for this May.
I always like to come up with fun ways to help raise funds. Check out your local restaurants to see about hosting a charity night that a portion of sales go towards your fundraising. Perhaps a friend of yours that is a consultant for products might let you host a party and proceeds from your party goes to your fundraiser. If you are crafty, fun little DIY projects like knit beanies or other projects can help you get to your goal. Another personal favorite of mine is the "adopt a mile" or "pick a playlist" fundraisers where for a certain donation amount, individuals can sponsor a mile of your race or pick a song to put on your race day playlist.
Fundraising options are endless. You just have to put the time and work into them to make them successful.
Now, who is joining me and becoming a Runner of Steel? GAME ON!