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A Runner’s Diary: Choosing a Charity for the NYC Half Marathon

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Did you know that if you can’t get into the NYC Half Marathon or full Marathon on the lottery system (which opened on November 8 for the full Marathon), that you can still run by raising money for one of the accredited charities?

I didn’t know. I just found out because I started to research other half marathons. I’m running one in Orlando on January 8, 2011, but I’m getting ambitious to try others. I just applied for the NYC Half Marathon for next March.

The lottery is for everyone. However, they only select a small amount of applicants and the probability of getting in is slim. So, the runner must either run nine races the year preceding the big race or they must run for charity.

I like the charity idea myself. I find that it makes me feel good to give back to people in need, and I decided to look into the different charities that were affiliated with the program. They are:

The official charity of the NYC Road Runner’s Club is Team for Kids, which raises money to combat childhood obesity, which is a major problem in our country. When I explored this charity a little more, I realized that it also offers assistance to runners from the novice to the seasoned athlete with online coaching and support, VIP perks and events.

Most of the charities I had never heard of, so I decided to go to each and every website to research them. I found that they are all worthy charities of receiving funds. But I was curious about how a non-profit (501c3) gets involved. Digging deeper, I found that any non-profit organization could apply by filling out an application and sending in a check for $225 to cover administrative costs.

Sounds like a win-win for the charities, so why aren’t there more than a dozen or so charities listed?

I am going to have a very hard time picking the charity!

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