Thursday, July 30, 2009
One of the great things about participating in the 2009 Badwater Ultramarathon was the opportunity to raise money to support the Challenged Athletes Foundation ("CAF"). When all is said and done our team will have raised over $7,500 for CAF. There are 35 million people living with a physical challenge in the United States. Equipment that allows these individuals to engage in active lifestyles is very expensive – in fact, for many, it’s cost-prohibitive. A single handcycle runs upwards of $2,000 and adaptive training and competition expenses can make moving to the “next level” of athletic performance an insurmountable barrier for many challenged athletes. Funding provided by CAF helps make it possible for more physically challenged people to gain access to this equipment and to the enhanced self-esteem that comes from participation in sports.
It is also great to hear about the fundraising goals of other runners. There are so many great causes out there that need our help. For example, crew members Jen and Lane Vogel support and raise funds for Getting2Tri, an organization that provides coaching, training and mentoring to physically-challenged athletes in the sports of swimming, running, cycling and triathlon. Specifically, they address the needs of individuals with limb loss, paralysis, muscular or neurological disorders and create a unique community of support.
Eric Gelber, a runner who reached out to irunultras.com recently, began using his running to raise money for Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation ("MMRF"), and on September 19 he will run The North Face Endurance Challenge 50-Miler in DC in support of MMRF, and in honor of his dear friend Anita and his good friend's mom Mindy, victims of Multiple Myeloma. Multiple Myeloma is an incurable cancer of the plasma cell and MMRF is the world's number-one funder of Multiple Myeloma research. Eric's fundraising efforts will help the MMRF in its relentless pursuit of innovative means that accelerate the development of next generation treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure.
Do you raise funds for charity in connection with running or other endurance sports ? Post a comment with the charity, a link to your fundraising page, and a description of the charitable cause, and we will include it in a follow-up post listing all or the irunultras.com reader's charities. We may even throw it in to an iRunFar.com edition of This Week In Running.