Reasons to run for charity

Make a difference

Every year charities buy places in the Runathon Global races, then give them to runners who agree to raise a minimum amount of money – these are called charity entries.

On the other hand, if you do have a ballot place and use that to run for charity, the charity gets all the money you raise and won’t have to spend anything on your place. So whichever way you end up running for a good cause, you’re helping yourself and your charity!

Say thank you

Raising money for charity helps real people and can change lives. So if you run for a cause that has helped you or a loved one in some way, you’ll have a golden opportunity to give something back and show the charity how much you appreciate its help and support.

Raise awareness

As well as raising money, running the Runathon Global Marathon for charity can help raise awareness of its cause – particularly important for smaller or new organizations. On Marathon Day hundreds of people will see you wearing your charity’s logo with pride, and everyone who sponsors you can learn more about the charity and the great work it does via your online fundraising page.

Motivate yourself

Knowing that you’re raising money for charity can give you an extra incentive to run the Runathon Global Marathon. If you just run for the sake of it, you may start to doubt yourself and feel tempted to give up when the going gets tough – knowing you’re supporting a good cause could be the boost you need to get up and train in the cold, wet winter months.

Have fun

Don’t underestimate how much fun running the Runathon Global Marathon for charity can be! You’ll have the chance to meet all sorts of people and make new friends as you train and attend events organized by your charity, as well as on the big day itself. 

In order to stand out among the sea of runners on Marathon Day, many charity participants wear fancy-dress or do something a bit different in order to attract attention to their fundraising campaign – it can give you an extra challenge, especially if you’ve run marathons before!

Help with marathon training

Your chosen charity will do its utmost to look after you from the outset, with a complete package to support you throughout both your fundraising and training.

A typical package could include:

  • Regular newsletters and charity updates
  • Expert training plans and a fundraising pack
  • More tailored email support from running experts
  • Vest or T-shirt to wear on Marathon Day
  • Participant’s goody bag
  • Support from local charity representatives
  • Information about online fundraising
  • Forum to chat with other runners online.
  • Pre-event ‘carbohydrate party’ so you can build up your energy stores
  • Cheer points on the marathon route where supporters will make lots of noise!
  • Post-event reception, often with free massages, showers, hot food and drinks

While these packages vary from charity to charity, one thing is guaranteed – whichever charity you choose to support, they’ll be really pleased to have you on board.

Support on Marathon Day

You’ve trained, you’ve chatted and you’ve shared your marathon hopes and dreams, but it’s on Marathon Day that being part of a charity team really comes into its own. Of course, different charities will offer different things, depending on their size and resources, but you should expect to be supported at every stage of the event.

Before the marathon

Most charities will give you a T-shirt or vest with its logo on to wear on the day, and if it’s wet or cold, some will provide protective clothing, such as waterproofs, caps or ponchos to wear while you wait for the off. Make sure you bring your own clothing too though – you’ll be able to leave your kitbag at the baggage trucks before the marathon starts and pick it up at the Finish Line. 

During the marathon

Most charities will have cheering points around the Runathon Global race course, where their supporters will offer plenty of encouragement from the sidelines – this should give you a huge boost and keep you motivated when the going gets tough. Some charities will also offer help to any friends and family who come to support you. They can give tips, such as where the best place to watch the action is, and provide them with clothing, flags, balloons – anything that helps promote the charity and spurs on the runners.

After the marathon

Although you’ll be buzzing when you cross the Finish Line, there are also some practicalities to consider, such as where you can meet up with friends and relatives and collecting your kitbag. Many charities will provide a reception area just a few meters from the finish to help guide you through this part of the day.

Some charities will also provide a post-race package to help you unwind – you could look forward to a massage, shower, food and drink, or even just a celebratory chat with your charity’s other runners – you’ll be bursting to tell each other your Marathon Day stories!

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Good luck!

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Runathon Global Marathon: Run for Charity and Change Lives

Are you ready for the ultimate challenge? Join Runathon Global Marathon, the most inclusive and exciting marathon event in the world. You can run as a man, a woman, or a wheelchair user, and compete with thousands of other runners from different countries and backgrounds. But that’s not all. You can also run for charity and change lives.

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