Have you ever wanted to combine your passion for running with a desire to help others? runDisney can help you do that!
How do you get started? Choose a charity. This year the Princess Half Marathon offered 15 worthy charities from which to choose. Find one that speaks to you - something you can be passionate about! I chose Give Kids The World - an organization that offers seriously ill children and their families a fantasy Orlando vacation. As a mom who loves Disney, I couldn't think of a better charity. Giving sick kids and their families a chance to go to the Happiest Place on Earth? I'm in! You can find participating charity groups under the registration tab for each runDisney event.
How much money do I need to raise? That depends on the requirements of the charity. Some ask you to raise relatively small amounts to cover your race entry fee plus a little extra for the charity. Others require you to raise thousands in order to participate. Give some thought to your comfort level and choose wisely. If you can't raise the required funds, then you may be left covering the difference yourself.
What are the benefits? Obviously, the satisfaction of helping those less fortunate is your main benefit. Guaranteed race entry, even if the race is sold out, is a big incentive. Discounts on theme park tickets through the runDisney Sports program and discounts on select Disney hotel rooms are often involved as well. Other perks depend on the charity and the amount you raise.
Here is my personal example:
I committed to raise $3,000 for Give Kids The World. The physical benefits I will receive are the aforementioned guaranteed race entry, 3 nights at the Swan or Dolphin hotel, transport to and from the airport, a GKTW tech shirt and one free park ticket. Also included is the chance to purchase additional park tickets at a discount.
Some charities offer tiered fundraising requirements and benefits so that people at different comfort levels can still raise funds for the same charity.
If you are involved in a charity group and you would like to participate in runDisney events, you can apply on their Charity Group page.
It hasn't always been easy to raise my required funds but knowing that I was helping sick kids enjoy the magic of Disney was a huge motivator. I'll wear my shirt proudly and know that I will have made the miles matter!
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