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The Most Rocking Races We’ve Seen

June 23, 2011

For some of us, running a marathon and raising money for a cause is a huge achievement. (Heck, for some of us, running a 5K and raising money for a cause is a huge achievement.) Working the fundraising circuit for the last six months, helping various run walk ride participants raise cash for their cause, we’ve seen it all. So we thought we’d take a couple of minutes to tell you about some of the coolest athletic events you can participate in, all while fundraising for a cause you believe in.

  • The Muddy Buddy: If dirt’s your thing, this is the event for you. Pair up with a friend (hence the buddy piece) and traverse a six or seven mile course on foot and bike. Along the way, you’ll be taking on five different obstacles, finishing by crawling through a mud pit to the finish. Getting down in the dirt means that all the money raised goes to The Challenged Athletes Foundation.
  • SSRunners: You may know it as the Santa Speedo Run. You don’t need to have speed for this one, you just have to have a sense of humor. Throw on your speedo (no thongs, please!) or other holiday gear for a 1-mile jaunt through Boston. Participants have to raise $300 for a charity that’s announced each year. That’s one way to get into the spirit.
  • Fight For Air Climb: We can’t think of an event that better makes you appreciate the cause you’re working so hard for. Fight for Air Climbs happen all over the US and benefit The American Lung Cancer ¬†Association. Some people call these events “vertical road races,” but whatever your perspective on them, they mean the chance to climb the stairwells of some of the country’s coolest (and tallest) buildings, like The Presidential Towers in Chicago (climb 1, 2, 3 or ALL 4 towers if you’re completely nuts and have really well-developed quads!) or the Renaissance Tower in Dallas.
  • Stiletto Race for Kids’ Sake!: Benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters, this Seacoast New Hampshire race has everyone sprinting in stilettos down the streets of Portsmouth. Training for this one: nights out breaking in your big girl shoes! We picked the Portsmouth one, coming up in August, but we’ve seen ’em across the country, including Run a Mile in Her Shoes, a men’s only race in North Carolina.
What races are you doing to raise money? And which ones did we miss?
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