Ready, set, go: 10 awesome reasons to sign up for a charity fun run 6 years ago

Ready, set, go: 10 awesome reasons to sign up for a charity fun run

Taking the plunge and signing up for a charity run can be a daunting prospect. The training, the commitment, the fundraising. It's a lot to take on when you're a busy Mum.

Here at HerFamily.ie we've signed up to this year’s Breast Cancer Ireland Great Pink Run sponsored by Avonmore Slimline milk. And we're encouraging as many readers as possible to get involved.

So if you're on the fence about signing up to a charity race, and you're not sure whether it;s for you or not, look no further. Here are ten great reasons to take part in a charity race..

1. Work on your fitness

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If you've been putting off getting down to a structured fitness routine, a charity race is a great way to provide some focus. Actually, it's a no-brainer. One of the most effective ways to improve your exercise habits is to set a target and work towards it.

2. Boost the profile of an important cause

Raising awareness about a charity of your choice within your circle (and beyond!) is one of the biggest benefits of taking part in a charity run. Along with helping to raise funds, chances are you'll get someone new interested and involved with the charity. And that's almost reward enough for taking part!

3. Push yourself out of your comfort zone

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Looking for a new challenge and not sure where to turn? Committing to a 10K is a fantastic option. Not only will setting a specific goal help propel you forward, it'll also go a long way to getting you to believe in yourself.

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4. Tick something off your 'To Do' list

This mightn't apply to everyone reading this, but here at HerFamily, taking part in a 'serious' race has long been on our bucket lists. Now seems like as good a time as ever to take the plunge and scratch something off our 2015 'To Do' list. And who knows, it might even become an annual event!

5. Training with a pal = a great way to catch up

Get a friend or two involved in your upcoming race, and suddenly you've got a super healthy excuse to catch up with eachother every week. That way you can hear all of the week's gossip and get your training done. Q.E.D.

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6. The major sense of achievement

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Taking part in an organised charity event is an unforgettable experience. And while crossing the finish line of any race comes with a great sense of accomplishment, it's even more rewarding when you've also raised money for an important cause close. Even if you only ever do it once in your lifetime, it's an experience that you'll take with you through life.

7. Welcome new faces into your life

When you do sign up, make sure to find out if there are any planned training sessions scheduled in your area. Put your name done, head along and you'd never know who could come into your life!

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8. A fun-filled family day out

A charity run is a fab day out for all the family. Bring along your little ones - you'll appreciate their cheers of encouragement on that final kilometre. You can take our word on that!

9. A shopping trip awaits

If you're planning on tackling a 10K run, you've got to look the part. That means investing in some snazzy new running gear. And there ain't nothing wrong with that.

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10. Open up new doors

Throwing yourself into something new is always a good idea. Running on behalf of a charity might lead to another fun event, or even an opportunity to travel and see a new part of the world.

This article is sponsored by Avonmore Slimline Milk, proud sponsors of Breast Cancer Ireland's Great Pink Run. Avonmore Slimline Milk contains added iron & vitamin C to give you that extra boost to get you over the line! Sign up for the Great Pink Run here

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