What if I told you that there was a different side to running races; one that didn’t consist of following the pace rabbit or smashing a personal best, but rather running for a cause or charity that you’re passionate about. I like to call this: Compassionate Running. To be quite honest, I never thought about Compassionate Running until I ran my first 10k race last August. So here’s a debrief on how that 10k race helped shape the concept of Compassionate Running.
At the beginning of last summer, I decided that it was time to put all my running to use and run my first 10k. Living in Toronto is a blessing, because there’s always TONS of races in the city and surrounding areas. After seeing a flyer for 2XU Toronto Women’s Run Series at work, I decided to give it a try. Not only was it a series of runs that promoted women participating in the sport, the proceeds went to the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario, (POGO) – this is definitely something I can get behind. Fast forward to August: I ran an amazing 10k at the scenic Sunnybrook Park in Toronto, made amazing memories, and raised money for a great cause. The perfect end to my summer.
What if you feel like running for a charity or cause that currently has no race scheduled? This can leave some runners in a bit of a pickle. I recently came across a website called Eventbrite, that has listings for events both in the States and Canada.
Everything from races to concerts is on their website. What really caught my eye is their non-profit fundraising page.
This page is really cool, because it helps people who are creating events, (a stroll for pediatric cancers for example), big or small, in coordinating their fundraising efforts. I encourage you to check out their website if you’re looking for a race or thinking about starting your own initiative!
-Running Fast, Lifting Heavy