With March fast approaching, bringing with it the promise of spring, fairly soon, marathon season will be upon us. If you’re planning to run (or walk) for a great cause this year, or are simply looking to push your own limits, then there’s no time like the present to start your training. After all, what better motivator is there for getting back into shape, than prepping for an event that potentially hits close to home? Jot down the following dates, and get ready to start running!
1) St. Patrick’s Day 5K (Run) – Mar 14
Proceeds from the St. Patrick’s Day 5K will be going towards the Canadian Diabetes Foundation, in support of their continued medical research, summer camps, educational, and advocacy programs.
2) Vancouver Sun Run – Apr 19
This is Canada’s largest 10 km run, which has been hugely successful since its inception in 1985. Proceeds from the run go towards supporting a variety of charitable causes, with some of 2015’s key charities being the BC Children’s Hospital, the BC SPCA, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation, just to name a few.
3) BMO Vancouver Marathon – May 3
This marathon attracts numerous athletes every year, and is especially popular for its RUN4HOPE program. The program allows participants to choose the charity they wish to fundraise for/donate to, from an extensive list of charities ranging in scope from local to national.
4) Capital One’s Race for Kids – Jun 6
This event involves a lot more than just running! Featuring various team-oriented challenges, the Race for Kids is bound to have you feeling like a big kid again. Proceeds from the run go towards supporting the Boys and Girls Club of South Coast BC.
5) Walk to Fight Arthritis – Jun 7
Proceeds from the Walk to Fight Arthritis will go towards supporting the Arthritis Society’s research, educational, and personal assistance efforts.