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Fit for a Cause

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Get in shape and help others by running for charity.

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Fit for a Cause

[header = Join a running training program and raise money for worthwhile causes.] Make a Training Plan
Once you sign up, many organizations will provide you with a running training program, a schedule of group runs and even a coach. Once you've contacted your coach, get fit for running shoes at a specialty store. Then create a training calendar so your workouts are mapped out beforehand. Remember: It's important to work your way up an endurance event, so get moving...but start slowly, so you don't wind up injured.

Start Fundraising
Major foundations, including Team in Training and LIVESTRONG, will provide you with everything from an online fundraising page to sample letters that you can send out to friends, family, coworkers and more. Team in Training recommends personalizing your webpage with photos and your race story--why you joined the team, who you're racing for and what the cause means to you. Include the link in all of your e-mail signatures as a subtle way of letting people know what you’re up to. You can also post training updates on Facebook and Twitter along with the link. Many groups also have staff resources available to help you brainstorm fundraising strategies.

Stay on Track
Post your running training program on the fridge and at your office so you're always reminded of your next run. Not a morning person? Place your running clothes and sneakers next to your bed before going to sleep at night so they're staring you in the face (literally) when you wake up. Another tip: Partner with a running buddy to keep you motivated, and attend team training runs to get to know the group you’ll be racing with.

Share Your Story
When the race is over, don't be afraid to do a little bragging! Telling others about your amazing experience might inspire them to do the same, so update your web page with race photos and thank everyone who donated.

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