A few weeks ago—on Saturday, May 9th, to be exact—this writer was fortunate enough to participate in a Relay for Life event hosted by Seattle University. While this event was the writer’s second Relay for Life experience, it was the first in her adult life, and thus obviously had a very different impact compared with childhood involvement.
Since the event, it has become evident (through a great deal of online research) that Relay is not the only event you can participate in this year that gets you a chance to get fit while also supporting a great cause. Check out the list below to see what you might be able to join this year!
RELAY FOR LIFE
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Relay for Life is a community-based event for the American Cancer Society, a nationwide organization dedicated to eliminating cancer. The first Relay event, which took place at the track of the University of Puget Sound’s Baker Stadium at the behest of Tacoma colorectal surgeon Dr. Gordy Klatt, lasted a full 24 hours (and 83 miles). Nowadays, there are Relay events across the country throughout the year—you can check out some of the Relay events for 2015 near you here. Each event is unique in how its run and what activities are featured, but you can almost be positive that there will be snacks, friends, pop tunes, and touching stories. Read more about the background and current environment of Relay for Life here, and then get ready to get your team together for a night of meaningful fun!
WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S
Although possibly not as recognized as Relay for Life or the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care. In 2010, it was reported that between 21 and 35 million people had the disease and, at present, there is no definitive evidence to support any particularly effective measure in preventing Alzheimer’s. With the walk, there are more than 600 opportunities yearly for anyone and everyone to participate in this walk and support those suffering from Alzheimer’s, which is the U.S.’s sixth leading cause of death. Much like Relay, each event is different, but includes some staples, such as a Remembrance Area and a Family Pavilion. There will also be refreshments, entertainment, and lots of touching stories to bring you back each and every year, so check out their website for more information.
For those who are super serious about their Greek-god capabilities, all while wanting to help others, the Spartan Race looks like the best of both worlds. As of today, May 24th, there are 102 Spartan races in the remainder of 2015, listed here, with your options including a Sprint Race, a Beast Race or a Super Race (or all of the above, if you’re feeling ambitious). While the Spartan Race may appear to be just another activity for CrossFitters around the world to again prove their abilities (yes, we get it, your WODs make you Thor), the race’s organization has also partnered with Homes For Our Troops since 2011. Through your muddy sprints and struggles in the Spartan Race, you will also be aiding the charity dedicated to providing specialty housing to servicemen and servicewomen who have been severely injured. If you feel like you have what it takes to be a Spartan, check out the organization’s website and sign up for one of the many upcoming events for the rest of 2015.
To be the most charitable version of you, make sure to check out one of the above fundraising events for a cause, or find another event that holds significance to you via online searches. Good luck, and happy trails!