The motivation to run a marathon is as varied and numerous as the runners themselves. The significance of running 26.2 miles cannot be discounted-it serves as the benchmark for every runner to reach. Many simply want to check it off their To Do list along with other significant accomplishments. Others embrace the challenge of running a marathon and it becomes an integral part of their lives.
I’m drawn to and inspired by those runners that take it to an entirely new level. These are the runners that are also motivated to help others through their running…charity runners! While they have a healthy respect for the training required to finish a marathon, they take on the added responsibility and challenge of raising large amounts of money to support the mission of the charity they’ve chosen to support.
Running in general, and training for a marathon in particular, is an extremely consuming and selfish act. But charity runners are the most selfless people that I know. Their efforts provide hope and opportunity for others without both. The commitment they invest in making a difference in the lives of others and the world ensures they have a greater chance of making it to the finish line than even the best Kenyan runners in the world. This journey is more than just about them!
When a charity runner encounters difficulty in the latter miles of a marathon, they don’t need any more motivation to make it to the finish line than a reminder of all the support they’ve received (financial and otherwise) from friends, colleagues and family and the knowledge that the community served by their respective charity will have an immediate opportunity for a better life!
And there is no greater motivation to run a marathon than that!