Thank you all for your comments! There is a plus and minus but it's a matter of perspective and what you feel is right for you. I am considering of doing the Jan. 1st run/walk because I do feel it's important to me to maintain my healthy lifestyle. I don't like there aren't charities listed but then there are the valid points brought up above.
I did a search and found Turkey Trots and Winter runs in Indy. All sound really neat and exciting! I think it inspires me to go out there and commit to myself as well as to support the events to keep them running.
I have been doing a few fun runs a year since 1976. All had a minimal registration fee. None went for charity except the Turkey Trot for which organizers request 2-3 cans of food for the food bank. Until reading the original post, it never occurred to me to consider running in an event because it is a charity! I didn't even know those existed except for the Breast Cancer Relay.
Evidence that I live in a small town. Run in a fun run because it is fun!
It all depends on your objective. Some people pick 5Ks just to pick a 5K and others pick a 5K based on the charity. I just did a color run in my hometown and I have no idea where the profits went, but I did it because it looked fun. There's another one there too that is Really popular but the profits go to the local college's athletic department, as if they don't make enough money already. If you're looking to sign up for a 5K as a means of donating to a good cause don't sign up for the LT one then and find something else.
I've paid to enter virtually every run/walk I've ever done, and none of it has ever gone to charity that I know of.
Events cost money to organise. It's perfectly normal to charge a registration fee for entering an event and not have that go to charity. If they're not promoting a charitable cause maybe they just don't have one and your entry fee covers the cost of management of this event, plus provides YOU with an incentive to actually do it (since you paid for it).
Run/walking isn't always about charities ...
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Hm.... it's interesting that they don't post the charities that are supposed to benefit from the fee you're paying to participate. I work part time at a "chain" gym. We've had a handful of gym sponsored charity events. However, they also had full disclosure. We knew exactly what charities were receiving the money.
I have to admit, the fact that they aren't telling you who is benefiting strikes me as a red flag. It does make me wonder how much is going to charity and how much is going to the gym.
There are lots of great 5k, 10K and other worthwhile charity races you could try. there are tons of turkey trots and jingle bell runs during the holidays. Why not do one of those ? This way, you'd know where your money was going.
As for running in the winter, it's just a matter of wearing the right layers.
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Most runs or walks do sponsor a cause because they not only have registration fees but ask to raise donations too. If you want to do it, do it because you want to do it not because it goes to charity even though that is a great reason. I know that a lot of events the price goes UP the closer it gets the event. I wanted to do the COLOR RUN (google it, it's AWESOME) and it's helping a charity I used to walk for with my Uncle's company..juvi diabetes. BUT the fee went from like $35 (before I even knew it was coming) to $50 and now to $55....which is a little steep for the week or two before Christmas...so I will plan to attack it next year, I think signing up with a lot of the types of races will open you up to see who sponsors what and how much it costs to do it. Usually the sign up fee pays for your shirt, the medals they sometimes hand out, numbers they pin to you, and rest stations water/snacks and so raising the prices gets money to the charity along with also donations.
Now I'm not a runner. I can do fast walks with bursts of jogging and back. I've only walked in a 3K back in March for a St. Patrick event. I've got myself on an e-mail list that sends me notices now and then of special 3K's or 5K's. The premise is that it benefits a charity which is great.
My gym, I feel weird if I mention it but since anyone can google, is LifeTime, is nationwide and on Jan. 1st is sponsoring a 5K where various gyms have their members or nonmembers sign up, pay money and run and/or walk. The point is being called "commitment day" where you commit to yourself a healthy lifestyle. I asked my trainer about it and wondered if anything goes to a charity. I didn't see anything online and the trainer said he was about positive some of the proceeds go to the LT charities but didn't know which ones.
So here's my question: I feel these types of events of a special K walk/run are beneficial not only to the participant but to the event that it sponsors. Would you, or even should you, feel it is ok to attend the LT event when the charities are not well known?
The thing that kills me is that when you watch the trailer on their site all the runners are in shorts and short sleeves. I live in Indiana. It's going to be *COLD* on Jan 1st!
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