Guest Post... Running with Determination!

Cancer Charity Marathons Offer Runners New Motivation and Support
By: Jackie Clark

Do you already enjoy marathon running? Or are you a runner who has thought for some time about entering a marathon but are still daunted by the prospect? In either case, the American Cancer Society offers a program to help committed marathoners bring new meaning to their running and to give less experienced or first-time marathoners new motivation and support to sign up for an event.

The American Cancer Society’s DetermiNation program offers runners training assistance and other perks in exchange for their commitment to go the 26.2-mile distance to raise money for research in the fight against cancer, including mesothelioma.

Numerous marathons and other endurance events, including half marathons and triathlons, qualify for the DetermiNation program. You can find participating events near you, or at destinations you’d like to visit, at

By competing and raising funds in these events runners can help fund research to find a cure for various forms of cancer and a better prognosis and improved life expectancy for those who do receive a cancer diagnosis.

Fund-raising marathons offer runners a higher level of motivation, purpose and sense of accountability to encourage them to put in the training miles necessary to prepare for a marathon. As you raise funds for the fight against cancer, you can receive further motivation when you choose to run in tribute or memory of a family member or friend who has fought the battle against cancer.

By signing up to participate in a DetermiNation event you can receive a variety of benefits to help you prepare and enjoy the event. These benefits include:
• Free team training, which can be adapted to your beginning fitness level, schedule and lifestyle
• Online tools that help you achieve your fundraising goals by making it convenient for friends and family to pledge their financial support
• Invitations to social events open only to Determination registrants
• A special DetermiNation racing shirt
• Mentoring and encouragement from coaches and team members
• VIP amenities available only to DetermiNation team members during race weekend – such as access to an American Cancer Society tent, massages, changing areas, a place to check your gear, and more

Through fund-raising efforts such as DetermiNation, runners can find new reason and purpose in training for and crossing the finish line of a marathon. Learn more HERE.

Personally, I think fundraising for a race is AWESOME when your passionate about the cause. Maybe team determination, Team in Training, or Train to End Stroke is for you! 
Have you ever ran with a charity?

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