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Competing in challenge events, such as half marathons, for a charity has become more and more popular as the number of these events has grown. And why is this? Athletes find running for others is one of the most self-serving things you can do. It gives runners a better focus and motivation to complete such a race for a good cause.
Participants running in the ABP Southampton Marathon, Half and 10k for causes close to their hearts is increasing
Running a marathon, half marathon or 10k is a huge challenge to most, so everyone requires the motivation to complete such a long distance, whether that is achieving a personal best or running for a good cause. Therefore raising money for a charity gives a purpose to running the ABP Southampton Marathon, Half or 10k. Running for personal reasons is fantastic, but you may hit that wall, and with little motivation behind running the race, you may be tempted to give up. So, by running for a good cause, you will feel inclined to power through with your training.
If you decide to run for a charity, it's almost guaranteed that the fundraising team will be supporting you throughout your journey. Before, during and after your race you will find the charity there supporting and cheering you along. Many will offer fundraising packs including a running vests and tips to make your race that bit easier. Not forgetting, the charity will provide you with an extensive list of fundraising ideas to help, as well as those all-important training tips!
Making a difference
Many charities have seen runners taking part in the ABP Southampton Half Marathon and 10k since it began in 2015, and what a difference charities purchasing spaces has made. By running with a charity place, you are committing to raising money for your chosen cause which is providing them with funds to continue providing their services and help. Whilst fundraising is hugely important, by running for a charity and representing the cause at the ABP Southampton Marathon, Half & 10k, you are raising awareness. You will be seen by thousands in Southampton, including invaluable sponsors of the event who will recognise your charity and their involvement.
Choosing to run a long distance race is not a decision you make overnight. Well, not for most anyway. But deciding to run such a distance for a charity will make this achievement feel that much more special. Using a charity space to enter the race means you are giving something back, whilst also achieving a lifetime goal.
Honouring a loved one
You may have lost a loved one, or have received help and support from a particular charity. So, why not run for a charity that is close to the heart?
Becoming part of a team
Running with a charity place actually means you're joining a team of people all doing the same thing. By running for the same cause as others, you will be connected to a larger community where you can mingle with like-minded runners and make new friends.
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