Charity & Sponsored Running23 February, 2014 0 comments
Charity & Sponsored Running
Firstly, what is sponsored running? This is essentially where you take part in a run, or walk, and are sponsored by friends and family. The sponsorship money you collect is donated to charity. This method of payment can vary, for example, the runner may be sponsored a fixed amount for every lap or mile that they complete. Charities can also vary, such as cancer treatment, school equipment, hospital needs, and more. Have you ever taken part in a charity run or considered? Comment below!
There are many reasons why people choose to take part in sponsored running, and why it is looked on favourably by charities, companies, and members of the public. Of course, charities can benefit from the money donates, companies may advertise, but we’ll be looking the benefits to us as the runners.
The best thing that we runners can get out of a sponsored run, in my opinion, is the feel-good factor of running to help other people, often those less fortunate than ourselves. It also makes us feel good realising the support we have from the sponsors who donate. Plus, as with most runs, the adrenaline rush after crossing the finish line is unbeatable, and is what makes many runners return year after year.
That’s how a sponsored run can be mentally rewarding – obviously it has physical benefits to us too! Training will intensely improve fitness levels, allow us to build stamina, and make us fit for other exercise in addition to a charity run – so an all-round benefit for us runners!
Runs like this are also a great way to meet new people and make friends. You meet new people who are often in a similar position to you: a trained runner looking to raise money for someone less fortunate. Meeting new people is great, but shouldn’t be relied on: being with friends is important for motivation and moral support. If you’re looking for someone to run with, use joggingbuddy.com to find your new running partner!
Running a marathon also makes us good role models – teaching children and even other adults the importance of charity work and keeping fit. People gain respect for you, which can help motivate you to run. Runs like this also provide great memories to look back on, in the future, again providing that feel-good feeling.
For charity runners like us, getting sponsors is easy: larger events provide material such as sponsorship forms and running merchandise to raise awareness of your sponsored run. This can help you raise money by making people aware of the challenge you face and how it will benefit other people.
For amateur runners, a marathon allows beginners to work towards a goal which acts as a motivator, and naturally gets us into a habit of regular training, which is useful for long term running. Nevertheless, don’t jump straight in at the deep end: you need to have running experience before entering a marathon, typically between six months and one year, to allow your body to adapt to the pounding sensation and reduce the chance of injury.
Training for long distance charity runs such as marathons is extremely important, and can be very physically demanding. Our other pages on joggingboddy.com will give you a few hints and tips about training for a run. If you have any tricks you’d like to share about training, comment below!
In long distance events like these charity events, particularly marathons, runners may ‘hit the wall’ – an expression which describes the depletion of Glycogen in the body, leaving runners depleted of energy and struggle to move. This is demonstrated in the well-known film ‘Run Fatboy Run’ starring Simon Pegg, where the runner (Pegg) demonstrates ‘hitting the wall’ by running directly into a physical brick wall.
It’s important that despite the numerous advantages outlined above about marathon running, that above, all we stay safe. This website has various tips on how to stay safe when running, but in a marathon, it is especially important to keep a few things in mind: If you have any form of medical condition, inform organisers when possible (for example, on an application form) and keep this information on you in case you need assistance – for rescuers, that information can be lifesaving. Also, the starting line will be crowded with people of all different abilities. The general rule is to start with people you expect to finish with. It’s hard to guess, but a rough estimate will mean you’ll spend less time dodging runners you’re passing, or tripping.
To conclude, charity running can be physically and mentally rewarding, sponsorship is often made easy, but entry requires much training and practise. Difficult runs such as marathons should not be attempted with too little training, and as with any run, we must prepare well to avoid injury or energy depletion. Once again, if you have any tips or questions you’d like to share with the online community, comment below!