How To Make the Most of Participating in a Walk or Run for Charity

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So you signed up for a charity walk, now what?

You found out about a charity run, walk, marathon, [insert your activity of choice] and you want to get involved. You care about the mission and you're excited for an active day outside, but where do you start?

If you want to make the most of participating, check out our suggestions below.

Step 1: Find a cause

If you're interested in running or walking a 5k, 10k, or marathon, why not register for an event that will benefit a local cause? You can search by date, cause, length, or activity type. It's a great way to make a difference and get in shape!

Try sites like these to find a good event:

Step 2: Decide how you want to participate

How are you going to get involved? Sometimes you can do all of the below!

  • Volunteer: As a volunteer you might be asked to hand out water, cheer participants, set up registration, or other important tasks. 
  • Participate: Once you register, your opportunities to help aren't done! Invite friends and family to join you - you can even create a team! You can set up a fundraising page (often easy to do through the charity) and ask for support or ask for pledges for every mile you complete.
  • Fundraise: Not able to be there on the day of? Consider sharing the event with friends and family who might be able to go in your place. Or create a fundraising page (check to see if the charity offers and easy way to do this) and ask your friends to show their love for your cause.
  • Sponsor: Your company or employer can benefit from extra exposure and a tax write-off when you sponsor charity runs. If you sponsor with an in kind gift such as water, bananas, or t-shirts, you make a big impact by reducing expenses and allowing more of the money raised to go straight to the cause!

Step 3: Spread the word!

Activities like this are always more fun when you're doing it with friends and family! Tell others and ask them to join you. You can recruit your child's sports team or club, your fitness class, or your co-workers!

Other ways to spread the word:

  • Flyers: Bring flyers with you and put them up when you're in local stores and community places like a coffee shop, grocery store, your child's school, the library, church, gym, etc.
  • Electronically: Post on social media or send an email to friends, family, your neighborhood list serve, your fraternity/sorority, your girl/boy scout group, etc.
  • News: Submit event details to your local community calendar, school/neighborhood newsletter, or local news station.

Step 4: Day of

You've done so much to help, now it's time to for the big day! Show up with lots of enthusiasm and try out some of these ideas to keep the energy up:

  • Wear team shirts and/or walk with a team bannner
  • Be colorful and dress up in the charity colors
  • Bring noise makers to use while you're running/walking and to encourage other participants
  • Make a big fake check with the total amount of donations you raised and present it to the charity
  • Be creative!

Step 5: Thank you!

Don't forget to thank everyone who helped you fundraise, joined your team, and made the day a successful one! Make sure to post pictures and tag the charity in them so they can say thank you, too!

What are you waiting for?

Now that you're a pro at participating in a charity run or walk, find one and sign-up! 

Suggested link:

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC is hosting the Red Shoe 5k Run & Walk on May 17th, 2015 - check it out at!

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