Top Tips for Running a Charity Race
Have you decided that now is the right time to take part in a charity run or marathon? While you might be feeling a little anxious, especially if you haven’t taken part in this type of event before, there is no need to worry. Whether you have personal reasons for wanting to raise money or just want to help, fundraising is an amazing thing to do. There is a lot that goes into preparing, from training and raising money, to ensuring you complete the event on the day.
If this is your first big run, you might be feeling like you’ve bitten off more than you can chew. But there’s no need to worry, as long as you are well prepared, you will be just fine. To ensure that you are properly prepared for the big event, we have put together a few tips that should help you.
Ask friends to join you
It’s a lot more fun training for a big event if you have a friend or two to train with, so why not ask a couple of the girls to join you? If you have a couple of friends who are into their fitness or have always wanted to do a big run, get them involved.
Not only is it more fun training with friends, but the more people who do the race, the more money that’s raised. So the more people you can get involved, the better.
Prepare your body
Even if you are someone who runs three miles a day, that doesn’t mean you don’t need to prepare your body. Sure, you might be physically fit and in good shape, but that doesn’t mean you are ready to run a marathon.
As soon as you have signed up, start your training. Assess your fitness level and take it from there. If you are already in good shape, then you won’t have as much hard work to do. However, you will still need to train.
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If you have decided to run as part of a group, aim to train together at least three times a week. While you can train on your own as well, it’s important to train together so that you get an idea of the pace everyone in the group runs at.
Get kitted out
The next step is to start thinking about the kit you will need for completing the race. As well as a good pair of running shoes, you will also need a pair of running leggings, a breathable top, and a sports jumper.
If you are running with friends, it might be a good idea to have matching outfits so that you can all identify each other during the race. Things like custom headbands, t-shirts, and sports jumpers are perfect.
Raise as much as you can
The most important thing about doing a charity race is raising as much money for your chosen charity as you can. As well as asking friends, neighbours and relatives, you can also set up a JustGiving page online.
While it doesn’t matter how much you raise — every penny counts, the more sponsorship you get, the better.
Taking on a charity run isn’t a decision to make lightly, there is a lot involved in the preparation. But as long as you know what you are doing and are as well prepared as possible, you will enjoy taking part.