Thousands of races fill our calendar each weekend: from popular races to triathlons, marathons and half-marathons, our country is full of events that we can all enjoy. However, if participating and competing at a race is not enough for you, we have gathered a list of charity races where you can help those who need it the most while exercising and having a good time.
Charity races for everybody!
Wings for Life World Run: Wings for Life is a worldwide event that takes place at more than 30 cities simultaneously. The next Wings for Life World Run will take place on the 7th of May of 2017 and the mission of the race is to make spinal cord injury curable, by donating the benefits of the race to research. But how does Wings for Life World Run work? Half an hour after all the runners cross the start line, the Catcher Car will depart catching all the runners: as long as you stay ahead of the car, you continue in the race. The Catcher Car will chase all the participants until just one person will keep on running: he or she will be the winner of Wings for Life. You can check the race’s website here for more information: http://www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/
Pretty Muddy: among all the charity races only for women, Pretty Muddy is a muddy obstacle course that women of any ability can climb over, crawl under, and charge through in order to get to the finish line. This race is organized by Race for Life – Cancer Research UK, so the benefits of the race will go, of course, to fund cancer research.
You can choose from either 5k or 10k Pretty Muddy events and you can find more information about this race here: http://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/types-of-event/pretty-muddy/index.html
Run for Diabetes: The Run for Diabetes takes place in the grounds of Royal Greenwich Park. This event is organized by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Ltd (JDRF) and has raised over £11,000 for JDRF over the past two years. A donation from each entry will go straight to JDRF UK. Just by taking part you will be supporting research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes.
There is no date yet for next year’s event, but this year’s edition took place on June 11th, 2016. You can keep uptadated about this race, other charity races organized by JDRF and the date of the next date here: https://jdrf.org.uk/event/run-diabetes-10k-5k-2k-fun-run/
Woodforest Charity Run: if you are looking for a challenge a bit more far away from home, we have the perfect match for you: the Woodforest Charity Run, in Texas. The benefits of this race will go to the Woodforest Charitable Foundation. You can run 1, 5 or 10 miles in this race or, if you are taking your kids, you can sign them up in the Barkley Shoe Dash:begin the race with one shoe, dash 50 yards to retrieve and put on their other shoe from a pile of competing runners shoes, then dash 50 yards back across the finish line.
The 6th annual Woodforest Charity Run will take place on Saturday, September 17, 2016 in Conroe, Texas.
And you? Have you ever run a charity race? Would you like to take part in one? Wether if you have run one or not, we recommend you to wear a Safesport ID bracelet with your emergency information.