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Train for a Cause: Running Marathons for Charities

Looking for some extra motivation to get off the couch and run that race you've always thought you wanted to, but weren't quite sure you could? YOU CAN!

 

Have you always wanted to run a half-marathon or marathon or complete a triathlon, but just can't ever seem to find enough motivation to get you on board completely?

Might I suggest doing it for a cause? There are a lot of great causes out there that do endurance training events and can even get you into a lot of sold out events! (See the bottom of this post for some ideas.)

I started out my journey (er, obsession) with endurance events years ago with the Midnight Mayor's Marathon in Anchorage, Alaska. I did this race with Team in Training. The camaraderie and dedication I found through this organization was amazing! I stayed with TNT off and on for about 10 years, then started just doing the endurance thing for the sake of it.

That was okay for a while, but was lacking something.

I've become a sponsored athlete with Rev3 Tri and a group of us are hitting the road in March to RUN ACROSS AMERICA to raise funds for the Ulman Cancer Fund [UCF] for Young Adults. And the magic begins again.

I have already met so many wonderful people through this experience and we haven't even left yet. I've met survivors, other runners, family members of people fighting, people in the throws of their fight and the supporters of those people... the wonderful folks at UCF!

I can tell you that lacing up my shoes and getting out the door regardless of the weather and the hour is much easier when I am carrying all of these people with me! Cancer is a buggar! It makes us work hard, it makes us think, it makes us hope!

I run every single day and I do it for them. I do it to raise awareness. I do it to prepare for this epic adventure. I do it because I am healthy and I can. I do it to raise funds for a cause that makes a difference in people's lives. Today I ran for - a young man fighting brain cancer.

I challenge you to take the charge. Get out there and do what you wanted to do, but thought you couldn't... because I'm here to tell you you can.

Please check out my blog Wife.Mother.ATHLETE. to read about my adventures, read about the Rev3 Run Across America and donate to the cause!

And check out the Ulman Cancer Fund. If you know a young adults, ages 18 to 40, who is dealing with a cancer diagnoses and is in need of support, point them in the right direction.

And if you are looking to train for a cause, here are some of the top rated organizations that can help you get from that start line to the finish line!

Team Fight - Ulman Cancer Fund

Team in Training - Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Joints in Motion - Arthritis Foundation

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Jennifer February 14, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Great blog, and SO true. For the last two years, I've walked in the SGK 3-day, 60 mile breast cancer walk (Dallas, and Boston). This year, I'm putting together a team to run in the 5K Race for the Cure in Hartford on June 2nd. I have a friend training for the Boston Marathong for Mass Eye and Ear, and neighbor who compete for Team in Training for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We all support each other both financially, and with words of encouragement. What better reason to get moving?!?!? It makes you feel better, both inside AND out!
Jaimie Cura February 15, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Thank you for commenting, Jennifer! That's so cool, how you and your friends motivate and support each other!
Laura Mount February 17, 2012 at 04:26 PM
So true Jennifer! Congrats to you and your friends for going the distance and doing it for a great cause!
Becky February 21, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Southford Running club has helped me get past the mentality that I had of "I only do 5ks" and now I'm registered for my 1st half-marathon on April 29th!!
Laura Mount February 21, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Becky that is AWESOME! ;)

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