Virtual events were the salvation of sports-related fundraisers, especially running/walking affairs during the pandemic. When you couldn’t gather to run a race for your favorite cause, you could still run an isolated distance and support your charity.
Well, in-person races are back now, but as you can see on Facebook, the virtual versions persist, and you may want to look closely at the causes they “support” before you buy in.
See names like “5X5K For Good”, “India Breathe Strong”, “Miles For Mutts”, “Let Freedom Ring 5K”, “Hold the Door for Others 5k” and on and on…
All have a virtual element, but their locations, causes and financial involvement are often obscure. One race supports an animal shelter, a noble cause, but it’s located in Dallas. Other virtual races boast of supporting legitimate causes, but after you register and pay your fee, you (not the organizer) are asked to make a donation to the charity.
Truth is, many virtual 5K’s, 10K’s and marathons are just for-profit ventures without a hint of philanthropy involved.
If you are a runner or walker and want to participate in races that truly support worthy local causes, here are some upcoming suggestions from sportingAcause.com:
Run With The Animals 5K, June 27th in Goshen, CT, supports the NW CT YMCA
Andrea Marcoe Racing to Save lives 5K, Union Vale, NY, supports Nat’l Brain Tumor Society and Dana Farber.
Pawling Triathlon, Pawling, NY, supports Pawling Recreation.
Litchfield Hills triathlon, New Hartford, CT, supports Brodie Park.
Canaan Railroad Days Run, July Canaan, Ct also supports the NW CT YMCA
You can find hundreds more events of all kinds throughout the year at sportingAcause.com, and they support causes you care about!