Get InvolvedGet Involved : Run for a CauseHannah Skvarla

January is when we decide we are going to make changes to improve our lives. Some of us make bold statements and some of us make subtle adjustments. This year, I decided to make fewer and more realistic goals.

Here are my goals for 2012:

  • Be happier
  • Be healthier
  • Run a half marathon
  • Raise awareness for important causes

I can achieve all of these goals by running for a cause. And you can too!

How to Run for a Cause:

1) Decide if you want to run solo or with a friend. I prefer running with friends so this week I am going to work on convincing my friends (Jill & Chris) to run with me.

2) Figure out what distance you want to run and find a race near you (or in a city you have wanted to travel to).  RunnersWorld

3) If the race you chose doesn’t not support a cause, you can ask your friends and family to make contributions to the charity of your choice. One of my favorite charities, CamFed, makes personal fundraising really easy for you.

Let me know if you need any help finding a race or a cause!

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  1. Me, my Sister, my Cousin’s wife and my Mum have just decided to run a relay marathon together in Edinburugh. Unfortunatley my Twin Sister and Husband have suffered two miscarriages in the last year so we are all joining together to raise money for a charity called Tommy’s that deals with, amongst other support for babies, misscarriage care. It has given us all something positive to focus on, my Twin is cheif fundraiser and is currently shaking a charity pot at anyone who looks her way. Running for a cause, particularly one close to your heart is a real feeling of achievemnt and solidarity, oh and red faced breathlessness! Definitley a good resolution.x

    • Sarah,
      I completely agree! I think running for a cause is a great way to bring people together to focus on something positive. I hope you have a great time running with your family!

      Hannah Taylor | 1/23/2012 04:01 pm
  2. Just what I needed to read! I’ve never been a runner but have always dreamed of being one of those people running in the park. So I thought, why not? I’m on week 2 of training for 5K and can’t wait to complete mine in March. Happy running, everyone!

    • Serena,
      I am so glad! I find that the most important part of being a runner is wanting to be a runner. Enjoy your training :)

      Hannah Taylor | 1/23/2012 04:01 pm
  3. looking forward to more articles and updates!!

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  5. I just started running again too! Love the article :) Cant wait to get involved and get running!

  6. I just started running again. Does anyone know of some fun races near West L.A.?

    • Here are some fun races I thought you might like:
      3/31 Irvine Lake Mud Run – 5k – raise awareness for Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis
      7/15 Down & Dirty Mud Run – 5k & 10k – fundraising for Operation Gratitude
      12/1 Malibu Spartan Spring – 5k – fundraising for Home for Our Troops

  7. I’m going to take part in the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon. It’s an all women marathon that supports countless charities. I’m running it with my cousins, and friends of mine are running too. And guys I know want to run it in drag. It’s part of my exercise resolution, I’m an asthmatic so I’m probably gonna run for my local asthma foundation, and what a thing to earn the money doing — running haha I can barely walk to college now without my lungs hurting, so hopefully it’ll I’ll be able to make it by June :)

    • Rebecca,
      I love the idea of Women’s Mini Marathon! That sounds incredible! It is awesome that you are raising money for your local asthma foundation by running! What could be better than that?!
      I look forward to hearing about your training and your fundraising!

    • Running for charity was the single best motivator to keep me out and moving last winter during training for the Boston Marathon, and a terrific experience! So worthwhile. (Exhibit A: KateRuns.info)

      And, @Rebecca – take your time, listen to your body, and you’ll get there! I’m an asthmatic, too (though much less severely afflicted as an adult), and Boston 2012 will be my third marathon. You’ve got this!