Every year, charities raise millions of dollars with races like the Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” and the London Marathon. Big or small, get your non-profit group involved in a charity race.
How to Organize a Charity Race
If you want to start your own event, here’s what you’ll need:
- Planning – How far will participants run? When will the event be held? Are any other events happening on the same day? Get someone who is good at project management to organize the logistics of the charity race.
- Location – Run around a local school track or run somewhere interesting. For safety reasons, you’ll need to talk to the local government and police if you’re planning on having a road race. They will discuss the logistics of your route and provide traffic management on race day.
- Support Services – You’ll need plenty of volunteers to help you on race day. Sign-in stations, water, transportation, parking, course marking and first aid are all must-haves for a charity race.
There’s a lot more you can do to make your event more unique. Try to get a local celebrity or athlete to participate. Give prizes to the fastest, most courageous and best-dressed runner (you’ll see a lot of costumes even without the prizes). Be creative and put your own spin on the event!
Entering a Charity Race
For smaller groups with limited resources, consider participating in a pre-organized charity race. When you enter an existing charity race, most organizers will let you run for a charity of your choosing; all you need to do is collect donations before race day. This is a quick and easy way to raise funds for your chosen cause.