There are a lot of reasons why I run. But I have one really big running reason – I like to run for a cause. As much as I love using my runs to explore new cities, clear my mind, and keep my heart healthy, I also love being able to raise money for causes that matter to me. I’ve run in a bunch of charity races, especially in the early days of my running.
Now, when I can choose to run for a cause, I run for hearts. Specifically, the American Heart Association. When I was 9, my paternal grandmother Ethel passed away suddenly of a heart attack. We had no idea that she lived with untreated heart disease. One day, she was sitting in a comfy chair reading a book. The next day, my dad drove up to the campsite where I was with my Girl Scout troop to tell us that my grandmother was gone. I’ll never forget that. Since I haven’t found any local races that raise money for heart health, I’ve raised money through the American Heart Association website.
I could write a lot about why I do this, but the simple truth is, heart disease is sneaky. It affects women differently than men. The more we know about it, the more we can prevent it. We can eat healthy foods, exercise, maintain a healthy weight, and reduce stress. We can also know the signs of a heart attack in women, which are different than in men. For example, women may feel faint or dizzy instead of having pain on the left sides of their chests.
So I run. I run to keep my own heart healthy, and along the way, clear my mind. And I run to raise awareness of this sneaky, silent killer.
I know not everyone is running to raise money for a large organization. Smaller nonprofits need our help, too. There’s the local animal shelter, the soup kitchen, the small charity that provides kids with cancer games and toys during chemo. Some of us volunteer to set up charity races and walks so others can walk or run for a cause and raise money. The difficult part is finding an easy to use event planning platform.
Eventbrite actually has a pretty good platform for setting up event planning for a non-profit. I know some of you help organize charity races, so checking out this platform is worth it. Eventbrite offers a discount to 501(c)(3) non-profits. Additionally, a lot of companies (for-profit and non-profit) use it for event planning, so it’s well-known. The tech nerd in me gives it a thumbs up because it’s so easy to use.
It’s officially spring, so it’s definitely time to think about what to run this year.