Mud Run Races

Are you looking for a cool fundraiser for your mud run event? Our partners have raised money for team shirts, sports equipment, athlete sponsorship, scholarship funds and more during a mud run event.

By collecting gently worn, used and new athletic shoes, you can raise funds and build brand awareness during a mud run event. You don't have to ask anyone for money or ask your champs to sell anything. All you do is ask your supporters and community for their athletic shoes. Sneakers4Funds will then issue you a check for the athletic footwear.

What do you get when you sign up for a mud run athletic shoe drive fundraiser?

When you partner with Sneakers4Funds, you get everything you need for success without any out-of-pocket expenses, including:

  • The collection materials, which includes special green mesh bags for gathering the sneakers.
  • All of the marketing materials you’ll need to promote your fundraising event, including a custom landing page on
  • Tips and strategies across social media to help you promote your fundraiser.
  • Fundraising coaches to help you from start to finish!
  • Pick-up of the athletic shoes by the Sneakers4Funds logistics team.
  • A check issued to you within 2 business days of the receipt of the sneakers at the Sneakers4Funds warehouse.

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What is Sneakers4Funds?
Sneakers4Funds is the preeminent social enterprise for athletic shoe drive fundraising in North America. It is a for-profit company that was under the leading shoe drive fundraising brand, Funds2Orgs, before it became its own independent brand due to the immense demand from sports clubs, teams, clubs, corporations, businesses and schools for athletic shoe drive fundraisers.
What is an athletic shoe drive fundraiser?
With an athletic shoe drive fundraiser, your champions never have to write a check or give you money. Instead, athletic shoes become the currency and Sneakers4Funds issues you a check for the athletic shoes you collect during your fundraiser. During an athletic shoe drive fundraiser, you ask supporters and community to give you their gently worn, used and new athletic shoes. When Sneakers4Funds receives the athletic shoes, you will be issued a check! It's that easy!
Are there any out-of-pocket costs to me?
There are never any out-of-pocket costs with any other program with Sneakers4Funds. Depending on your fundraising agreement, freight costs may be deducted from the amount of the check issued to your designated organization. For more information, please see your Sneakers4Funds fundraising agreement or call the fundraising coaching team at 407-930-2979.
What are the 3 key benefits of doing an athletic shoe drive fundraiser?
1. You get to raise money for your sports group, club, team or a favorite charity.
2. Sneakers4Funds is a social enterprise, and we partner with small business owners in developing nations with a hand-up, rather than a hand-out.
3. You provide your community with a socially responsible fundraiser where athletic shoes are re-purposed and don’t end up in the trash where they harm the environment.
What does it mean to repurpose?
It means to give something a new life or purpose. Sneakers4Funds ships athletic shoes collected in athletic shoe drive fundraisers throughout North America to micro-entrepreneurs in developing nations where they are "re-purposed."
What happens to the athletic shoes collected in a Sneakers4Funds athletic shoe drive fundraiser?
They are shipped to micro-entrepreneurs in developing nations. Due to systemic poverty, many families around the world do not have sufficient and sustaining work opportunities. Sneakers4Funds sells the athletic shoes collected for a small fraction of their original price, often on credit. These micro-entrepreneurs, or small business owners, then prepare the athletic shoes for sale, commerce, and profit. By the way, most people wear athletic shoes in developing countries because they use their feet to get from one place to another.
Why do the sneakers have to be rubber banded or have the laces tied together before they are placed into the shipping bags?
We want to process your athletic shoes quickly so we can issue you a check. By making sure that pairs remain together, it helps to ensure speedy processing.
If I need more bags, what do I do?
Simply contact your Sneakers4Funds coach. Your coach will make sure you receive additional supplies.
What types of athletic shoes can someone give to a Sneakers4Funds athletic shoe drive fundraiser?
Sneakers4Funds only accepts gently worn, used and new athletic shoes. Athletic shoes include sneakers, trainers, cross-trainers, walking shoes, and racing shoes.
Does Sneakers4Funds accept athletic sports shoes with cleats?
Yes, we even accept cleats. They just have to be gently worn, used or new.
Does Sneakers4Funds accept single athletic shoes?
Unfortunately, the answer is no. All of the athletic shoes you collect are shipped to micro-entrepreneurs (small business owners) in developing nations, and they sell the footwear in their communities. People need to buy pairs of athletic shoes and not singles.
What condition is acceptable for the shoes?
The athletic shoes have to be gently worn, used or new. Remember, these athletic shoes are going to be repurposed and worn again, so they have to be in the best condition possible.
What happens if we collect more athletic shoes than was our goal?
Congratulations! More athletic shoes = more money.
Am I able to designate a specific country or region where my athletic shoes will be shipped?
We’re sorry, but it’s not possible for Sneakers4Funds to have this happen. Due to logistics and costs, it is essential to combine the footwear you collect with those from other athletic shoe drive fundraisers. They are then shipped in lots overseas.
Does Sneakers4Funds accept store returns or hash lots for sale from a manufacturer or wholesaler?
The short answer is, yes. Please contact Tom Henderson, Chief Fundraising Strategist at 407-930-2979 for more information.
How can I get started?
It’s easy to get started. Just click here to fill out our form so a Sneakers4Funds fundraising coach can call you. Or, call us at 407-930-2979.
What is the Sneakers4Funds Mud Run Program?
Mud runs are an excellent opportunity to also use it as a fundraiser where participants and the community can give you their unwanted gently worn, used and new athletic shoes. We’ve developed a unique green mesh bag to collect sneakers after muddy races. Now you can raise funds for your favorite cause and use a mud run as an opportunity to fundraise.
How does the Sneakers4Funds Mud Run Program work?
We’ve partnered with many mud run groups to raise money. Our athletic shoe drive fundraising program for mud runs gives you everything you need for fundraising success. You’ll get the unique green mesh bags to collect athletic shoes for your fundraiser. You’ll also receive a garden hose nozzle to clean off the sneakers before they are placed in the bag. We'll provide you with all of the expertise, including the marketing material necessary for promoting your mud run fundraiser, as well as pick-up of the athletic shoes from your storage location. Once Sneakers4Funds has processed the sneakers, you or your favorite cause will receive a check from us!
How do we collect and prepare wet and muddy athletic shoes for eventual pickup by Sneakers4Funds?
Rinse the sneakers off right after they are dropped off at the finish line and bag 15 pair per bag in the bags provided.
How long does it take for me to receive a check after pick-up of the athletic shoes to the Sneakers4Funds warehouse?
Your athletic shoes will be weighed and processed within 2 business days of receipt of the shoes at our warehouse. At that point, a check will be issued to your designated charity along with a reconciliation statement to you. If we happen to be in your neighborhood, we’ll collect your athletic shoes during your campaign. The process is the same. Once the shoes arrive at the warehouse, they will be processed within 2 business days and a check issued to your favorite cause.
Who can do an athletic shoe drive fundraiser?
We want you to succeed. Based on our experience, the best partners are those that are sport-oriented, such as running clubs, mud runs, sports teams or groups. Many schools also work with us because their students wear sneakers. We also partner with corporations and businesses that want to make a difference in a creative way for a good cause.
How often should I expect to have my athletic shoes collected by Sneakers4Funds?
The logistics team of Sneakers4Funds will be in touch with you during your athletic shoe drive. We can’t guarantee a shoe pickup during your shoe drive other than the pickup at the conclusion of your drive. Therefore, it’s important to have adequate storage space to hold the bags during the entirety of your campaign. If a Sneakers4Funds driver happens to be in your area during your shoe drive, we may arrange for a pickup.
Do we have to provide volunteers to help load the Sneakers4Funds truck when they are picked up? How does the pickup process work?
The Sneakers4Funds logistics team will be in touch with you during your campaign. When a pickup is scheduled, please make sure to have two volunteers for every 50 - 100 bags that have to be loaded. As a reminder, please remember our drives cannot be held responsible for inclement weather and traffic. We always request you maintain a window of 30 minutes prior to the scheduled arrival time and 30 minutes after so as to provide the driver a sufficient window. The Sneakers4Funds driver will call you to confirm the time of arrival.
When will our organization receive our check from Sneakers4Funds?
Your athletic shoes will be weighed and processed within 48 hours (business days) of the shoes at arriving at our warehouse. At that point, a check will be issued along with a reconciliation statement. If we happen to be in your neighborhood, we’ll collect your athletic shoes during your campaign. The process is the same. Once the shoes arrive at the depot, they will be processed within 48 hours on business days and a check issued. You would also get a pickup at the end of your campaign.

Why not take a moment and find out what Sneakers4Funds can do for you to help you raise money in a truly unique, fun and engaging way during a mud run event?