So, you want to join in on one of the runDisney races but you waited to long and the tickets are all sold out.
You want to kick yourself for not signing up earlier but fret not, another option for sign up is to join through a charity program. Signing up through a charity not only gets you a spot in the race of your choice but you will be raising money for the charity and you’ll be helping a great cause. What greater motivation for your training and marathon than to know that all your hard work will be helping others!
I entered the Disney half marathon via St. Judes. I was a little late in the game when I decided that I wanted to join in on the marathon and all of the tickets were long gone.
Since this is my first runDisney race I didn’t know that the option to sign up through a charity even existed. My frown was quickly turned upside down when I scrolled down the page and saw that there are quite a few charities to choose from:
- A-T Children’s Project
- Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Autism Speaks
- Back On My Feet
- EBB Foundation
- Lazarex Cancer Foundation
- My Brighter Tomorrow
- Noah’s Light Foundation
- Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy
- Special Olympics of Southern California
- Team Muscle Makers for UCMD
- Team TSA – Tourette Syndrome Association
- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Each charity has a different amount of money that must be raised depending on the run you choose. For example, for St. Jude, I must raise $1600. Seems like a lot? Not really. It includes an entry to the half marathon, a ticket to a dinner just for the St. Jude Heroes (as they lovingly refer to us), a St. Jude shirt, entry to Disneyland, and a generous donation that will help the children being treated at St. Jude Hospital. That, to me, is totally worth it. I was set up with my own donation website so that friends and family can safely donate and a fundraising coach. If for some reason you can’t raise the full amount by race day, you can work with your charity to make payment options and request an extension.
In 2015, starting with the Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend, runDisney will offer the charity programs the chance to use CrowdRise, a registration platform that makes it easier for runners to find a charity, register for an event, and track and share their fundraising efforts with friends and family.
Pledging to raise money for a charity is a big commitment but it doesn’t have to be difficult and shouldn’t be intimidating. You’ll receive help along the way and knowing that you will be helping others is such a gratifying feeling.
Disney, running, and a chance to help others? Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me!
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