Though the exact definition of “runner’s high” may have so far eluded researchers, there can be no doubt that the challenge of racing a marathon combined with raising funds for a worthy cause generates lots of good feelings all around. Another benefit: charity runners receive a 35 per cent discount on their race registration in exchange for their efforts (fundraising minimums apply).
Here are a few of the less well-known but inspiring charities partnering with the BMO Vancouver Marathon, which takes place this Sunday, May 6. The marathon is proud of the fact that its RUN4HOPE charity program has raised more than $15 million in funds since it first started in 1996. It’s not too late to join them and raise money for a great cause!
The Walking School Bus
Aaron Friedland started The Walking School Bus after his travels to developing countries showed him how difficult it can be for children to access and benefit from education. Many children must walk long distances to school, and lack adequate nutrition for the journey, or for learning once they arrive. The organization’s goal in partnering with the Vancouver Marathon is to field a 100-member team, which would enable it to donate a schoolbus to its partner school in Uganda.
Want to learn more about our work? Check out this Ted Talk! https://t.co/QMDHKVOej6
— The Walking School Bus (@TWSBglobal) July 5, 2016
SportAbility has the ambitious goal of making physical activity inclusive and accessible for everyone in B.C. It offers various adapted sports programs including power (wheelchair) soccer and sledge hockey, as well as classification to establish the division an athlete should be placed in for competition. It encourages runners with physical disabilities to participate in either the 8K or full marathon at the Vancouver Marathon, and offers guidance on what types of assistive devices may be used in the two races.
Mom2Mom connects volunteer mothers with low-income mothers in an effort to provide them with emotional support and mentorship in the daily struggle against poverty. Started by Vancouver physician Barb Fitzgerald, the group recognizes that what mothers in this situation need, beyond better access to medical care and social services, is the friendship of women who are not consumed with similar problems and are willing to spend time listening and offering encouragement and support.
On Sunday, May 6th, a fantastic group of 18 charity runners will be participating in the BMO Vancouver Marathon to fundraise for Mom2Mom. With the run just a couple of weeks away, please consider donating any… https://t.co/OxJtXpEzrd
— Mom2Mom Vancouver (@m2mcharity) April 20, 2018