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2015 New Year's Resolution: Run with a Purpose

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There are a number of reasons why a runner chooses to run. Weight loss & physical fitness, stress relief, and cardiovascular endurance and strengthening are all excellent examples of excuses runners use when explaining why they love to run. But when superficial benefits cease to be enough for a runner, races supporting charitable causes easily add to the multitude of reasons and benefits obtained from running.


For as many variety, types, and styles of shoes available for a runner to choose from, so are there charitable runs, walks, and events for a runner to choose to participate in. From charities as large as The American Cancer Society to personal fundraising campaigns for members within a community, a multitude of causes are represented and supported by organized runs. All of which occur not only in the United States, but also across the world, which is pretty amazing!

Interested in signing up and breaking a sweat for a cause this upcoming year? Consider the following noteworthy organizations that host runs in various cities across the US:

Back on My Feet, in support of transforming the homeless back to their own lives and achieving employment and independent living.

Great Strides, a walk/run that is dedicated to finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.

Light the Night Run, taking steps to cure cancer.

Cupid's Undie Run, which has already fundraised millions for The Children's Tumor Foundation.

Jingle Bell Walk/Run, keeps people moving in support of the Arthritis Foundation.

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Tough Mudder, honors the Wounded Warrior Project.

And for the travel savvy runners, the following destination charity-supported runs are also great options:

Chicago Police Department Memorial Foundation Run to Remember

San Diego Hot Chocolate Run, benefiting the Ronald McDonald House.

Too Cold to Hold, Dallas, Texas, in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Cooper River Bridge Run, Charleston, South Carolina, gives runners the opportunity to choose amongst 15 charities to run for.

Wigs for Kids Zoo Walk & Run, Cleveland, Ohio, helps to provide wigs for kids.

Super Hero Run, Atlanta, Georgia, partners with local non-profit organizations.

Aids Walk/Run New York, fights AIDS.