We all know how awesome the running community is- seriously, the best group of people I have ever met! Runners must have the biggest hearts around- literally and figuratively.
From the purple of Team in Training to the bright yellow of Ronald McDonald House, charity runners are a colorful and awesome bunch! But what does it mean to run for a charity?
runDisney supplies this information about the charity groups:
Benefits of Booking with an Official Charity Group
- Guaranteed race entry even if races sell out.
- Specially-priced Walt Disney World Resort Hotel rates.
- Specially-priced Walt Disney World Theme Park Tickets.
- Select discounts on other race weekend amenities.
- Satisfaction of making a difference through fundraising and running for the organization of your choice.
A couple of things to point out here.
1- Guaranteed entry (usually you don’t pay for the entry either!) for a potentially sold out race. If you miss the window to the Glass Slipper Challenge this week, consider checking out one of the charities that will be listed on the runDisney page. The clock may say midnight- but you may still have a chance to go to the ball!
2- Make a difference! You are going to put in the miles, run the race, and have a fabulous time. Why not share that joy and love to others by way of raising funds for a worthy cause? With so many options historically listed, any runner would be sure to find a cause to match up!
The current list is not available just yet, but I did some research on my own. I’ve confirmed Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Georgia, Give Kids the World, and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will all be offering charity bibs at the 2014 Princess Half Marathon.
If you aren’t quite ready to sign up for full on fundraising, consider something REALLY easy. Download an app! A FREEEEEEE app!
Charity Miles tracks the miles you run, and a sponsor donates $.25 per mile to your cause. While training or racing, you can be earning donation. So easy and so worthwhile! I just signed up to continue to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project (we ran a 10K in Dallas supporting them- recap to come this week!) Kinda awesome that all those miles I’ll be putting on my legs in the coming months will be going toward a worthy charity.
Quite a few of my running friends are going the charity route this year.
Patty Holliday has been running Disney since 2011. She knows just about every tip, trick, and hack there is to cover the runDisney Magical Miles at Disney World and Disneyland. She knows every mile isn’t *always* magical- but with training, tips, and a little bit of pixie dust, they can be a lot of fun! You can also find her at noguilttravel.com and noguiltfangirl.com