I think that hitting up your friends and family for donations is at odds with the idea that you are giving. Yes, I know it's called fundraising but doesn't it make more sense to donate your own money rather than asking others to donate? If necessary, in the time it would take you to hit up others, take a 2nd job, earn some money, and donate that. It may be less money, but you'll appreciate it more.
In fact, TIT requires that if you don't meet your "minimum" by asking others, TIT will thoughtfully charge your credit card for the rest. That's a conflict of interest if I ever heard one!
I also think that getting people to run marathons or HMs with limited prior running experience is a very poor idea. Yes, you can do it but it's a poor idea for so many reasons. I'd love to see TIT's statistics of injuries and how many participants continue to compete vs never do the distance again. I've never seen the statistics released.
Don't get me wrong - I think it's a wonderful thing to run for someone, for a cure, etc. But I think it makes more sense to train first and then once you are properly trained, know your limits, have experience with injury and avoiding it, etc, only then does it make sense to run for a cause.
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