We all want to give back, but the hectic schedules of our daily lives can make it difficult to donate time or money on a regular basis. This spring, we challenge you to give back (and stay active in the process) by participating in a run for a cause or a trail work party. You’ll end the day feeling good about the cause you supported and your body will thank you too! It’s a win-win.
Run for a Cause
Running for a cause is one of the best ways to get active, inspire new fitness goals and give back to the community. Whether you want to start small with a 5K or challenge yourself with a 10K, there are almost weekly races across the Northwest that support local non-profits. Here’s a list of upcoming Northwest events to check out:
LifeWise is proudly supporting the following events to get you going:
- Girls on the Run Spring 5K (May 10 in Seattle, Wash.): Register as an individual or team in this Magnuson Park 5K that supports Girls on the Run, a youth development program that uses running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls.
- Run Like a Mother (May 11 in Seattle, Wash.): Honor mothers on Mother’s Day with a 5K or 1-mile course in Magnuson Park that the whole family can enjoy. Even better, LifeWise is offering 10 percent off your race registration! Use the promotional code LIFEWISE2014 when signing up.
- Run Like a Mother (May 11 in Portland, Ore.): A sister event to the Seattle run, celebrate Mother’s Day in Portland with this family-friendly race.
- Susan G. Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure (June 1 in Seattle, Wash.): Run or walk in this 5K that raises funds and awareness for breast cancer. A 1-mile walk and kids race are also offered. A limited number of free race entries are available to LifeWise members by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other events around Washington and Oregon:
- 5K Heart Run (April 26 in Spokane, Wash.): Support Central Valley PTA Council’s HEART in Hand Outreach, which supports students and families that find themselves in temporary housing.
- Race for Hope (April 26 in Beaverton, Ore.): Join this 5K run or walk to support orphans and widows, as well as local Oregon shelters.
- Sean’s Run for ARROAustism (April 26 in Portland, Ore.): Run a 5K or 10K to support services focusing on improving the lives of those with autism in Oregon.
- Light of Hope Run (April 27 in Bend, Ore.): Be a hero for a foster child (and run with a cape!) at the Bend 5K and 10K.
- Have a Heart Run (May 3 in Mount Vernon, Wash.): Support local homelessness prevention in the Have a Heart 10K, 5K, 2K or kids run.
- Heart to Heart Run (May 3 in Walla Walla, Wash.): Support HIV and AIDS support services in this 5K.
- 5K Fun Run for Families (May 10 in Corvallis, Ore.): Support the Center Against Rape & Domestic Violence in this Mother’s Day run or walk.
- Relay for Hope (May 17 in Walla Walla, Wash.): Fight back against child abuse in this 10K, 5K or 1-mile run.
- Susan G. Komen 3-Day (September 19-21 in Seattle, Wash.): Ready for something bigger? Start forming a team and training for this 3-day event in September.
For up to date event listings near you, check out Running in the USA.
Give Back to the Trails You Love
Ever wonder how new trails are created or marvel at excellent trail conditions after a nasty winter? You can thank local volunteers! Get in a great hike, explore trails you’ve never been on and create new adventures for fellow Northwest hikers by volunteering at a local trail work party. Learn about the various volunteer tasks needed in the Washington Trails Association’s trail work guide and check out the volunteer opportunities around the Northwest below.
- DNR Trail Maintenance: Volunteer with the Department of Natural Resources to help improve Washington trails and get a free Discover Pass! Sign up to be a volunteer and then search the volunteer schedule to choose the event you want to participate in (there are options almost every weekend).
- Washington Trails Association: The association that offers the most comprehensive hiking directory in Washington is even more passionate about introducing new volunteers to trail work. Gather a group of friends and sign up for one of their upcoming trail work parties.
- Trail Keepers of Oregon: TKO is on a mission to educate all hikers on trail stewardship and offers volunteer opportunities to maintain Oregon’s beloved state trails. Their ask: volunteer one day for every 20 days you spend on the trail. Sound like a good trade-off? Sign up for one of their upcoming events.