Welcome to running season! Are you ready to brush off those shoes, hit the gym and train for countless hours only for an hour of getting completely sweaty and filthy? Normally I would be! One of my best friends and I live for this season every year. We have run in the Color Run 3 times, the Glow Run once, and one of my other friends prefers the vineyard trail. I have also had the pleasure of running in the Susan B Komen Race for the Cure. This year I am mildly bitter and angry that the Color Run didn't return, but I still support the cause. The great thing about some of these local races, is that they are benefiting local or national non-profits. Some people just hit the course for fun, but others prefer to know that their $40 registration fee is actually going somewhere.
These races are everywhere. I enjoy the big brand races, but in our community, we have various local races, yes even on bikes, that are all for a good cause. In most cases, this is a double positive. I know that many people out there are like me. You go to work, go home, watch Netflix, and your big exercise is going to the grocery store. Oh wait, that can be delivered now. Communities are taking action to get citizens healthy, get them involved, and to support local causes. Many races support Community Harvest Food Pantry. I think this is a fairly good group. The average middle class person doesn't know anything about the homeless or how hard getting food can be if you are poor. Another frequent flyer around this area is for veteran suicide prevention. I love this one. As an individual ho has battled with mental illness, I believe it is imperative to treat the people who really have a reason to run and hide. I just have chemical imbalances. Many of these people have seen things that they will never be able to forget.
It is great to go out and get exercise or try to get fit, but before you pay that registration fee, make sure it is going to someone who needs it.