As you know, Amber and I are passionate about living and serving in our community. (We hope that passion is contagious!) Lately, we’ve also grown a passion for running. So logically, this post is going to be about the marriage of those two passions – supporting non-profits and running.
On any given weekend, you can find a 5k run/walk to participate in where the proceeds of the race go to charity. In fact, this month alone, you can still choose from all of these area races:
- October 13 – Pumpkin Run supporting Parkview Whitley Hospice
- October 13 – Bookin’ It 5k supporting Kate’s Kart
- October 13 – Great Prostate Cancer Challenge supporting ZERO – the end of prostate cancer
- October 14 – Run for Riley supporting Riley Children’s Hospital
- October 20 – Race for Kids Sake 5k Walk/Run supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana
- October 21 – Trailblazer 5k/10k supporting Fort Wayne Trails
- October 21 – Barefoot Water 5k Walk/Run supporting Forgotten Children Worldwide
- October 27 – Fright Night 5k supporting Huntington Rotary
- October 28 – River City Rat Race 5k & 10k supporting UNKNOWN
So what’s the point? I’m not advocating that everyone run out (pun intended) and sign up for any or all of these races. But what I would advise is to treat these events (and golf outings, fundraisers, etc.) as you would when investing your dollars through donation and time through volunteering.
If you’re just looking to run, you can do that on a local trail. You sign up for these events because you want to support the cause, yes? If that’s true, I recommend you do the following before registering:
- Make sure you match your effort with your passion. Especially when there are this many events to choose from! Are you passionate about children’s causes? Healthcare? Clean water?
- Ask how much of your registration goes to support the mission of the organization. If you were making a donation or paying for a ticket to an event, they would disclose this.
- Learn how much of your gift goes to operating costs, etc. and how much goes directly to the mission? This will vary with each organization depending on if they operate from an endowment, have staff or are all volunteer.
- Consider whether your not your gift stays local. Does the event support a local charity, national or global? Consider if that even matters to you?
This might seem like overkill for something as simple as a 5k. But if you’re making the investment to train and pay a registration fee, you might as well make sure you’re making a wise investment for your personal passion.