Thursday, July 2, 2009

You can still run NYC half, Chicago full

Passing along some info for runners who got shut out of two of the U.S.'s most popular distance races this year, who would like the door to re-open ... and who are eager to raise money for a good cause.

NYC Half-Marathon

The Fresh Air Fund is looking for runners and sponsors to join its Fresh Air Fund-Racers team for the NYC Half-Marathon on Aug. 16. This is a great way to participate in New York City's premier summer road race while helping Fresh Air Fund children.

Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. Each year, thousands of children visit volunteer host families in 13 states and Canada through the Friendly Town Program or attend Fresh Air Fund camps.

The minimum pledge for runners is $1,000, which can be obtained through third parties or otherwise. For details, click here.

Chicago Marathon

Just three months before 45,000 runners take to the streets of Chicago, the American Cancer Society Charity Runner Team is still offering entries to the sold-out 2009 Chicago Marathon.

In addition to receiving an official bib for the Chicago marathon, members of the American Cancer Society Charity Runner team will receive:

  • Free team training program through Chicago Area Runner's Association (CARA)
  • Tent in Charity Village just steps from the start line
  • Private port-a-potties and gear check for Society runners
  • Team support and social events
  • Personalized web page to post pictures, share stories, communicate with donors and track fundraising progress throughout the season
The minimum pledge for runners is $950. To join the Charity Runner Team and make a difference in the lives of those facing the disease, click here.

In both cases, this is a good chunk of change ... but far less than the $2,500 you'd have to raise to run NYC.