If you’ve never run a race before, you may not know about the amount of charity runners. Running for a charity is a popular and easy way to enter the world of running, particularly long distances. If you have done a race, you’ve probably seen the purple Team in Training jerseys as people run to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Or maybe you’ve done a race for breast cancer awareness with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
Running is a fantastic opportunity to draw awareness to a cause and in some way, understand the time, effort, and occasionally pain that comes from having a physical or emotional need. It also allows us to enjoy life, understanding the fun and finding the joy in hard work and reaching our goals. In the case of Team OneVerse, we are running to share the joy we have in Christ and raise awareness about the need for translation and translators.
On RunnersWorld.com, John Bingham, aka “The Penguin,” says, “Most often [when people run it] isn’t for some large charity but for a smaller, more personal reason. They run for the child in their neighborhood who requires dialysis, or the son of a friend who needs surgery. They run for the planet. They run for the rhinos. They run for those who can’t. And their joy is in knowing that their efforts will be rewarded in measures beyond medals or PRs.
“So many of us have changed our own lives through running that it makes sense we would want to change the lives of others the same way. We can take the drive, ambition, and dedication we used to transform ourselves from couch potatoes to athletes and channel that into making a difference for someone else.
“When that happens, we’ll truly understand the words of the renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead: ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.'”