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Charity Races Mix Fitness and Fundraising

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  • 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!! :)
  • 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.
  • 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!!!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
    I did a 5k walk for breast cancer yesterday with friends for work. Woohoo!
  • In 2007 I participated in the Breast Cancer 3Day 60 mile walk. It was the hardest thing I have ever done physically and emotionally but the wins were great. I walked with a team of ladies I work with and to this day we are all very very close. We trained together, fundraised together, laughed together, cried together and camped next to each other the whole weekend together.

    When it comes down to's the training, the equipment and committment to do any one of these Fundraiser. My defining moment was in mile 55 and I almost threw in the towel until I saw someone walking who should have not been, I managed to push through my "self-pity" and complete the walk.

    So to anyone who is training for an event, you have my support, anyone thinking of doing advise is go for it...and to all who have supported anyone participating..thank you!!!
  • I did Relay for Life just helping a friend out and walked 20 miles which is exactly what motivated me to start training for 5ks and start doing charity walks/runs. It feels so good to help out other people and know that I'm doing something good for myself at the same time yet it's not all about me.
  • Yup, as others have said, just last year I saw a donkey basketball fundraising event. I was aghast, having never heard of it before, but it was amazing!!!
    It was teachers versus students. You haven't lived until you see 50 year old, 6'1" men ride around on donkeys doing their hardest to buck them off, wearing little booties to protect the gym floor. A GREAT charity event, albeit one not as likely to get the participants in shape.
  • I am training for a triathlon for a charity in Trinidad right now!
  • It will be a while before I'm up to running in a marathon...I'm just getting up to speed with walking. :o)
    I have friend at work that will be competing this fall in the Marine Crops Marathon for Leukemia and Lymphoma via the 'Team In Training program'.
    I'm very impressed with his dedication and pre-training that he has been doing for this event. A lot of work, but because of the effort that he is putting into, I know he will do well. SEMPER FI! GO LUKE!
  • We still have Donkey Basketball at our school every year.
  • Even when I was heavier, I loved to walk in events like the Relay for Life (American Cancer Society) -- I don't have a lot of money and I can't make donations to everything I'd like to support, but by golly I can solicit donations and I can walk. This year I captained my church's Relay team and we raised over $1000, not bad for a small church! I spent most of the time on my feet, and it was some of the most satisfying exercise I'd gotten all year.
  • I saw the Team In Training website, which is way to much for me right now, but they have another page called the "couch to 5k". It is terrific for going from being very sedentary.

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