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Charity Races Mix Fitness and Fundraising

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  • I totally agree with this article....for 3 years in a row I walked in the "50 miles in 3 days" for MS awareness. I proudly walked with my DH picture posted on my back and my grown children participating in the food station table and/or cheering station. It was an emotional three day event!! - 2/12/2017 8:17:16 AM
    This event will collect more money from the participants,if they would announce about their race to increase the fund and thus this charity will help the needed person.
    - 10/29/2015 11:43:26 AM
  • I've been running for a little over a year now after joining Team Muscle Makers😃. I completed my first half marathon at Disneyland in August of last year, and then my second just 2.5 months later! We are now just over 7 weeks out from the Tinkerbell Half Marathon and I couldn't be more excited! Shooting for a PR plus I get to hang out for a weekend with my awesome teammates and raise money for a great cause! - 3/29/2015 8:34:47 PM
    I do Breast Cancer walks with groups of friends. - 4/23/2014 6:53:26 AM
  • I do a few of these walks a year.
    And would you believe my town's high school still has DONKEY Basketball?! Not a thing of the past here! - 1/30/2014 2:36:13 PM
  • I just walk to exercise. I don't go for anything else. Just stay health. - 9/16/2013 8:31:56 PM
  • On New Year’s Eve 2011/2012, I got engaged to my boyfriend of seven years. Soon after we began planning for an October wedding. While I should have been excited, I was sort of withdrawn and sad about my wedding. You see, I had lost my father to a very rare form of Lymphoma in 2003. The thought of him not being at my wedding was depressing.

    I thought long and hard about a way to honor him during this special time in my life. My future sister in law had completed an event with Team in Training in the fall of 2011. I went to an informational meeting and immediately signed up for an event. Me, a lazy couch potato decided it was a great idea to run/walk a half marathon. On April 29, 2012 I completed my first half marathon. It was an amazing and rewarding feeling!

    This year I am signed up for two more events with TNT. I will participate in a 10K on April 14th followed by another half marathon on April 28. TNT has become near and dear to me. Go Team!
    - 3/5/2013 9:34:10 AM
  • Last year, my son, my mom, and I did the 5k for Autism. We didn't train. We all finished the race (we walked the entire way) next to last.My son wanted to give up twice, but I kept reminding him of his friends with autism. He was running for them and I was running for him. It was really tough to walk past Krispy Kreme - TWICE. We all got a free doughnut after the race. My son wanted to run across the finish line, and even though I had no energy left, I was there because of my son and he and I ran across the finish line with big old grins!
    This year, we're Team Casper. We're training. And we will run across the finish line again. - 7/5/2012 9:27:42 AM
  • I remember once when I was little, watching my dad play donkey basketball! The donkey my dad was put on wouldn't move!!! Guess it didn't want to play! Lol!! I think the next one he was put on kept trying to buck him off!! :) - 1/31/2012 3:39:50 PM
  • I started running just because I got bored with walking. I did my first charity 5K for the local humane society. I enjoyed it, but what keeps me coming back to these events is helping others. My daughter just raised over $500 for her charity with her last half-marathon.

    There's so much exercise you can do for yourself, and that's great, but running allows you to do good for yourself and others at the same time, and I plan to keep on running for a long time because of that. - 11/6/2011 3:15:20 PM
  • MAGGIE101857
    First, let me say that I laughed so hard when I read the first sentence -- donkey basketball. This - was an annual event in my hometown with the police department vs.the teachers! It was so much fun to watch!!!

    I have run two 5K's this year, both for charity. I'm a fairly new runner, and these were both a challenge and they left me with feeling that not only did I accomplish my own goals, but I helped others in the process. Kudos to everyone who has taken part or plans to in the coming year!!! - 11/6/2011 1:51:27 PM
  • I'm running my first Race for the Cure in many a year. Thanks to Spark People. The race is this Sat, and I know I will be part of something that is larger than my self. That feeling alone is worth more than money can buy. - 10/11/2011 9:59:36 AM
  • I have my first 5k race ever on Thursday- & it's described as one of the most challenging trail races in New England- oh god! I just had to sign up for it though cause the proceeds go to a mental health facility in my community! - 6/21/2010 3:48:06 PM
  • Go Team in Training! I did my first half marathon with them, and as soon as I crossed the finish line I declared myself 'addicted' to races. But I would never do another one without TNT. Words cannot even describe how inspiring it is, I ran the whole 13.1 miles beaming with a smile because of TNT! - 11/17/2009 7:09:04 PM
    I did a 5k walk for breast cancer yesterday with friends for work. Woohoo! - 10/25/2009 10:35:25 AM

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