Have you ever thought about doing a mud run and combining it with a fundraiser to raise money for your sports team, club or a favorite cause? If you’ve never considered how those two go together, then keep reading.
Let’s start by taking a quick look at two of the world’s most significant problems: poverty and climate change.
Did you know?
- According to Action Against Hunger:
- Globally, 767 million people live in extreme poverty, which means families earn less than $1.90 per person each day.
- 328 million children live in circumstances of extreme poverty.
- Each day, 1,000 children under the age of 5 die from preventable illnesses because of this extreme poverty.
- In the U.S. 600 million shoes end up being thrown away.
- It can take as long as 80 or more years for a shoe to decompose fully.
- As shoes break down, their chemical compounds release toxins into the air––harming the environment and also health.
A mud run fundraiser can make a social impact, but let’s start with the basics.
What is a mud run?
A mud run is an obstacle course or trail that participants run for fun or competitively. Typically, a route is five or ten kilometers, but groups can create whatever length they believe is more appropriate for their participants.
The idea about a mud run is to create a fun, exciting and, yes, muddy event. A mud run helps foster team spirit as teams or individuals compete against each other, or at least make sure that everyone completes the course.
A typical mud run course will usually include obstacles to make sure that mud runners get nice and dirty. These challenges can include climbing walls and ropes, running through muddy water or crawling through muddy pipes.
What’s a mud run fundraiser?
When you do a mud run fundraiser, you ask participants to give their gently worn, used and new athletic shoes to your fundraiser, and yes, that includes even their muddy sneakers after they complete the mud run!
If you want to raise money for your group for team t-shirts, equipment, travel money for games or even a favorite charity, a mud run fundraiser can be a creative way to raise funds, because your champions don’t have to give you any money. All they do is give you their athletic shoes, and a check is issued to your club, team or your favorite cause by the athletic shoe drive fundraising company.
How does a mud run fundraiser help people in poverty and the environment?
As mentioned above, millions of people live in poverty and even extreme poverty because of limited resources, access to education, proper healthcare, and job opportunities in developing nations. Millions of people have to figure out how to bring home a sustainable wage, and one of the ways they do it is by creating micro-enterprises (small businesses), where they sell the athletic shoes collected in mud run fundraisers in their local communities for a profit.
The other added social benefit of a mud run fundraiser is that athletic shoes don’t get thrown away, which is harmful to the environment and health. Instead, the footwear is repurposed and sent to micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries in a business model that is commerce and profit driven. So, the athletic shoes your community collects and gives to your fundraiser is a win/win situation for families living in poverty and also for lowering our environmental carbon footprint. And, it’s a great win for you since you get to raise thousands of dollars in a fun and genuinely creative way!
Stay tuned, and in our next blog post, you’ll learn how to put together a mud run fundraiser!
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