5 Running Races That Raise Funds For Military Needs
Races have been a great way to offer community support to many causes and raise funds for areas that military loans can’t quite reach. It comes as no surprise that there are marathons that honor our military troops. These races do much more than encourage a healthy lifestyle, it also helps bring support and camaraderie to those racing and funding to those in various military programs.
Marathons boost the morale of these families and show that people care. Here at Just Military Loans, we found some of the most inspiring stories that hope to get you revved up to sign up for a race too. Here is our roundup of the Top 5 Inspiring Military organizations and races:
Got Your Back Network was founded by U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Andrew Baldwin, M.D. You may have seen him on the widely popular television show, The Bachelor. He has poured his heart and soul into this amazing organization that benefits military families who have lost a spouse or a parent while serving. Their goals are simple, to provide comfort and to offer guidance to military families. And Andy Baldwin ran 35 miles on his 35th birthday to raise money for this amazing cause.
Don’t know which charity to race for? This marathon makes it easy to pick and chose your where your fundraising goes. They have partnered with several charities, including: Team Fisher House, Hospice of Dayton, Air Force Enlisted Village, Research Down Syndrome, Team Racing for Veterans, Operation Homefront, MPACT and the USO. This race allows for individual charities to receive donations and needed funds that directly benefit our men and women who have served, and their families.
Enjoy a beautiful run through Las Colinas, TX with the Wounded Warrior races. Whether you’re doing a half marathon or a 10K, you’ll know that you’ll be raising funds for those who were injured during service. The financial support that comes from this race goes to the Semper Fi Fund which helps provide hospitalization, home modifications, transportation and specialized equipment.
Since 1994 TAPS has raised funds for the families of our fallen military men and women. Someone as young as 10-year old Ethan Leiker can raise money from simply running in someone else’s honor. Ethan has done this for years since his uncle died while on duty, raising more $2300. All the funds from the races will be used to help provide peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars for adults, and Good Grief Camps for children.
The Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund serves the families of fallen military directly. Their programs include: basic needs, advocacy and emergency casualty assistance. Funds raised by this race will directly offer help to families living in Massachusetts that have lost loved ones while fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Do you know of a race that is raising funds that assist military families? What races have you participated in that support military families?