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How to Host a Charitable Run/Walk at Your Community Center

December 16, 2015

When thinking about hosting a charitable event at your community center for the first time, it can be overwhelming thinking about all that needs to be planned. Have no fear! Hosting a charitable event at your community center can be quite simple if you know what needs to be done, and what doesn’t. Check out this simple checklist below of all the items you will definitely want to address when planning for your next charitable event.

Decide on a Charity or Organization

There are so many groups and organizations out there these days. Therefore, selecting a charity that best fits your community center will require some research. Try to select a beneficial organization that interests and affects your community, especially members. For example, if your community center hosts fitness classes for those with disabilities, select a charity that focuses on disabilities. Once selected, reach out to the charity and see if they would be interested in a partnership.

Select the Type of Event

Once you’ve selected your preferred charity, you must decide on what type of run/walk you would like to host to help raise money and awareness. Do you prefer marathons, a relay, or just a designated route that lets the participants go at their own speed? Whatever you choose, make sure that participants of all fitness levels can participate and include both center members and non-members. Then, schedule it for a day like Saturday when most people are off work and have free time. After all, the goal is to get as many people participating as possible to raise money for the cause you have selected.

Promote Your Charity Event

Now that you’ve selected your charity and your event, and scheduled it, all that’s left now is to promote it. Begin advertising for your charitable run/walk at least a month in advance. That way, people can schedule their calendars ahead of time. Promote your event inside your community center as well as outside. Offer discounted memberships or prizes as an incentive to winners of a race, but don’t forget to give everyone a participation gift like a t-shirt. That way, you’ll get the most exposure and include everyone.