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Super-worthy Causes, and Super Offers For My Readers

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ME – I’M FEELING GENEROUS!

One of the great things about running is its power to bring lots of people together for a good cause. Running events routinely donate at least part of their proceeds to one or more charities. Not only is money raised for people in need, the participants engage in a fun and healthy activity instead of sitting in some stuffy ballroom eating rubber chicken, or on their couches eating – well, I don’t even wanna go there.

One great cause from 2013 - the Boston Unity Run in Brighton.

One great cause from 2013 – the Boston Unity Run in Brighton. Huge turnout, lots of money raised, and tons of positive vibes.

One such event I will be part of next week is the Crim Festival of Races, where the city of Flint surrenders its downtown to thousands of runners for a day. Proceeds support the Crim Fitness Foundation, which offers programs on fitness and nutrition for kids and adults. Some of the best runners in the world come to the Crim, and the PR Fitness club fills up an entire bus and more each year.

Last year's PR Fitness team photo at the Crim.

PR Fitness at last year’s Crim.

But right now I want to do more than just tell you stuff – let’s act! I have special offers for my readers that I hope some of you will take advantage of. Without further ado, here they are.

Update: Running for Water – Rick Matz and Team World Vision

Team World Vision - 2In this guest post by fellow blogger Rick Matz, he told us of his plan to support Team World Vision by running a half marathon this fall, even though he isn’t a runner. According to the World Health Organization, over 3 million people die each year from diseases related to poor sanitation. Saving lives by providing access to clean water is what Team World Vision is all about.

Rick is trying to raise a total of $1,310 (get it?) and, frankly, he could use a boost to help him along. So here’s my offer. If any of my readers feels inspired to toss a few bucks his way, please email me after you donate (jeff@runbikethrow.net) and I will match it. Double the power! Click here for the direct link to his page.

And speaking of power…

Get Your Super On

Dress up as your favorite superhero and run!

The Super RunThe Super Run has races all over the country, and it’s coming to Ann Arbor on September 6. It’s a very reasonably priced 1K or 5K, fun for all ages. You also get a superhero cape, “I’m Super” temporary tattoo, and awareness bracelet with registration!

The Super Run supports charities like adoption and foster care, World Animal Awareness Society, and the Children’s Hospitals National Foundation. See their web page for more details.

If you’d like to be a part of this race, you can get a 2-for-1 deal! Sign up for an adult registration and email me the confirmation code, and I will send you a code for a free second registration! Supply is limited for this one, so it’s first come, first served until they’re gone.

And here is a coupon code for 20% off at www.superflykids.com where you or your kids can make your own custom superhero gear. It’s SUPERRUNFAN.

So there you go, and I hope some of you will feel inspired to support one or both of these very worthy causes. But if not, I hope you’ll keep in mind how fortunate the great majority of us in this country are, and consider supporting those who could use some help. And why not do something for yourself while you’re at it? Sign up for an event near you!  If you’re not a runner, most races offer a walking option. You’ll be amazed at how good you’ll feel.

Next up: a recap of my three-triathlon experience this summer, and a 5K romp in a vineyard. No, not a beer mile. But we’ll see what wild and crazy stuff might happen.

Running for Clean Water

This post is from Rick Matz, author of Cook Ding’s Kitchen, a blog dedicated to the philosophy and study of martial arts. His site is packed with wonderful stories, videos, and articles written by martial arts masters that anyone can understand and enjoy. Check it out – I guarantee it will be worth your time.

While our shared background is in Aikido rather than running, this October Rick will cross the line and run a race with Team World Vision, a charity that provides clean water and sanitation services in Africa. I’m pleased and honored to give him an opportunity to spread the word about his latest challenge and the charity he’s supporting. Here’s Rick.

Jeff was kind enough to allow me to write a guest post here. I appreciate the opportunity to write about running.

I’m 56 years old and I’m not a runner. I haven’t run since I was a teenager and 5 miles was the longest I ever ran back then. Running leaves me with sore ankles and knees. It’s uncomfortable for me. I’d rather do just about anything than run.

A few weeks ago I found out that nearly 800 million people don’t have access to clean drinking water. They drink out of mud holes, out of water holes shared with animals; from wells that are so distant that the women and girls going to fetch the water are subject to assault, abduction and worse.

Two geese-2I live near the Great Lakes and can go out to the middle of Lake Huron and be surrounded by fresh water as far as the eye can see. To lack water is a concept that is kind of hard for me to wrap my head around. But I learned that so many people live in such desperate conditions, and a group named Team World Vision is doing something about it. They distribute personal filter straws, build filtration systems, dig wells, and install rainwater harvesting systems, among other services.

For $50 a person can have clean drinking water for life. And running with Team World Vision gives me an opportunity to raise money for clean water.

And so I’m going to run.

This 56 year old non-runner has signed up to run for Team World Vision in the International Half Marathon (part of the Free Press Marathon) on October 19th. My goal is to raise $100 for each mile of the race, for a total of $1,310. And I’m hoping you’ll support me.

Team World Vision at the 2012 Dexter-Ann Arbor half marathon.

Team World Vision at the 2012 Dexter-Ann Arbor half marathon.

I showed up at the informational meeting held after the service at my church, expecting to simply lend support to one of my daughters who had been talking about signing up for a marathon. The next thing I knew, I was filling out a form and was one of the first to hand it in.

Every dollar counts. Won’t you consider donating to my race? Your contribution will change, and possibly save, someone’s life.

Here is the link to my Team World Vision donation page: http://teamworldvision.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=4068