There are hundreds of "walk-run" fundraisers/charities out there, and it's hard to say that any one is better than the other. They all serve the same purpose – to help those in need. But for arguments sake, here is a list of some really good ones you might want to check out. Mind you, these are not listed in any order that would indicate which one is #1 and which came in at #10.
Race for the Cure: This is a world-wide phenomenon with 5k runs/walks in thousands of cities around the world. It’s devoted to raise money and awareness about breast cancer. 2009 was the run’s 26th year, and now there are over 1 million participants.
AIDS Walk New York: This year New York held its 24th Annual AIDS Walk, in which over 45,000 people participated. The purpose of the walk is to promote AIDS awareness by funding for Gay Men's Health Crisis and 50 other different AIDS organizations throughout the New York tri-state area. This is a 6.2 mile walk and is considered the largest AIDS fundraiser in the world.
Step Out Walk to Fight Diabetes: The American Diabetes Association sponsors this walk in over 150 locations across the U.S. The walk is designed to help raise money to find a cure for diabetes.
MS Challenge Walk: This walk is dedicated to raising money for multiple sclerosis. It's a two to three day walk that covers 30 to 50 miles. Once a walker is registered online, they can get fundraising advice, training assistance, and a personal fundraising web page through the National MS Society’s homepage. During the Challenge, walkers are given three meals a day, tents or cabins to sleep in, showers, rest stops with snacks and liquids, safety guidelines, portable toilets, massages, and 24-hour medical support.
March of Dimes March for Babies: This was formerly known as the March of Dimes WalkAmerica and was founded back in 1970. The March for Babies is made to help raise money for birth defects and takes place in over 1,100 communities throughout the U.S. Every year over 7 million people participate and the event has raised nearly 2 billion dollars since 1970.
Relay for Life: This is an event put on by the American Cancer Society. It originally began in the U.S. but has now spread to 21 countries around the world. The relay is usually done in a community on some sort of track or field, where those who are participating have somewhere to run as many laps as they can. This event not only is used to raise money for cancer research, but it is also held to spread awareness of cancer, celebrate those who survive cancer, remember those who died because of cancer, and bring forth a community to fight against cancer.
Charitable Foundation Marathon Team: This is a foundation, created by the New England Patriots, that partners up with the famous Boston Marathon to help raise money for a variety of charities. This foundation helps runners who were unable to secure a number in the marathon to get an invitation to it so that they might participate.
Start! Heart Walk: This is the top fundraiser for the American Heart Association. In communities and companies across the country, people can become involved in this event. Over a million people participate in over 450 events deal with Start! Heart Walk.
Breast Cancer 3-Day: This takes place in 15 key cities throughout the U.S. It is a 60 mile walk/run that spans over a three day time period.
Light the Night Walk: This is the Leukemia and Lymphoma Association’s nationwide walk. This walk is held to raise awareness and money for cancer cures. Each participant carries an illuminated balloon on their walk. The colors of the balloons change based on status. White is for survivors, red is for supporters, and gold is in memory of those whose lives were touched by cancer.
This guest post was contributed by Christine Howell who frequently writes about Online Health Care Degree Programs and college related topics for Online College Guru, an online college directory and comparison website.