To me, running is something I do for fun. Yes, I know, that makes me sound a bit off my rocker, but it’s true: I love the rush of the air, the sound of my feet rhythmically tapping the pavement, and yes, that effervescent wave of the elusive “runner’s high” that follows, whether I’m running a 6-mile training run, or crossing the line at a full marathon.
…but with all that said, I know that some people don’t share the glowing adoration of the sport that I do – and that’s okay. Wait…what? No, really. I get it. Some people still run, despite their distaste in early morning wake-up calls, consuming packages of Gu on long runs and the aches and pains for something BIGGER. Something GRANDER: running for charity.
Since I started running, I have made it a personal goal to give back to the sport as much as possible – whether that’s contributing to friends’ fundraising efforts, volunteering at events, or committing myself to a charitable cause (I’ve run for both Team in Training and the WDW Radio Running Team) there is no way to possibly describe how incredible it feels to run for something bigger than you. It’s really life-changing…and fortunately, it’s something that I firmly believe is within the grasp of more people than they might realize.
If you’ve ready my blog for any amount of time, you surely know how much I enjoy runDisney events – and if you’ve been thinking about registering for one – you definitely know how fast they can sell out! Well, inspired by a past post by my pal Ashley, I thought it’d be helpful to share a little known fact about the upcoming 2014 Princess Half Marathon Weekend…especially if you thought that this:
…was the “Final Answer” – because – guess what: it isn’t! Some charities STILL have spots – and I’m here to tell you how you can land one.
Getting Started with Running for a Charity for the Princess Half Marathon, Enchanted 10K or the Glass Slipper Challenge
- First of all, you want to visit runDisney.com and select the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend.
- Next, navigate to the “Registration” tab – there you will see a sub-divider for “charity groups”
- All of the charities listed have been pre-approved by runDisney as official partners, and once you click over to their respective webpages, you will see different criteria for eligibility – it is up to that charity. Some registrations include travel packages (such as airfare, hotel, theme park tickets and other discounts) and some do not.
- The important thing to note about all of these charity registrations is this: you are still eligible for any runDisney participant benefits you would have accrued from the standard registration period (transportation to race events, participant t-shirts/medals) on top of whatever incentives your charity partner provides.
I created a chart (full doc available here) regarding availability and information of the listed charity partners, to give you an idea of what kind of numbers you are looking at for fundraising/fees and what that all entails:
Each partner has their own contact information available on their respective sites, so please, email or call them if you are serious about becoming involved.
Of course, for fundraising to be a success, it is important to be passionate about the cause you are fundraising for – your potential donors are more apt to contribute if they know WHY you’re raising money for the event.
Have you ever run a runDisney race for charity? Any tips for others?
* I am using the example of the Princess Half Marathon Weekend, but these options are available for all race weekends on the runDisney calendar. Also, Please note: I did not include Team in Training (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) because that organization requires registration to the site, and fundraising amounts may vary due to geographic location, also, I could not locate information on the last listed charity on the runDisney.com page and am still awaiting information from TAPS regarding their availability.