The Strike Out ALS 5K: How I Choose a Charity Race

The Strike Out ALS 5K: How I Choose a Charity Race

I don't typically run races that have a fundraising component. Personally, I feel as though I would need a strong personal connection to the charity to throw my heart and soul into fundraising for something like that. However, there are three topics that I feel would be worthy of my time. Most people know I'm an animal lover so fundraising for a animal based charity is one. The other two involve diseases that have affected my family. Specifically AIDS and ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

I don't typically talk about either of these because I kind of feel like they are not my stories to tell. My biological family has been lucky enough to avoid chronic and catastrophic illnesses but members of my extended step-family were not so lucky. They have been affected by both AIDS (as a result of a blood transfusion over 40 years ago due to hemophilia) and ALS. Which is why the 4th Annual Strike Out ALS 5K at U.S. Cellular Field is a cause that I feel I can get behind. Even though I never really met the affected family members, I know that my step-family certainly felt the effects.

The Strike Out ALS is an evening race (which I love!) on Tuesday, July 16th. It starts at 6:30 PM at U.S. Cellular Field. This race is perfect for anyone who also happens to be a sports fan. Not only do you get to run around "the Cell" but you get to stick around afterward, enjoy the concession stands at the stadium, and watch the MLB All-Star game on the Jumbotron!

Admittedly, I'm not a huge baseball fan but that's the best part about this race: there's something for everyone. The 5K race for runners and walkers, the goal to raise money for The Les Turner ALS Foundation, and the baseball aspect for the sports fans. Even if you are just there as an athletic supporter for your friends or family you can still enjoy the post-race viewing of the game for free! Donations to the Les Turner ALS Foundation are welcome, though.

MLB All Star Game on Jumbotron after Strike Out ALS 5K 2012

Photo from Out and About

I haven't run this particular race (yet) but I know at least two of my friends have (Lindsay and Emily) and both had great things to say about it. This year the Strike Out ALS 5K is also partnering with Fleet Feet and you know Fleet Feet puts on a good race!

So, if you're looking for something to do on Tuesday, July 16th come join us at U.S. Cellular Field (free parking!) and run a 5K for charity. Feeling extra ambitious? The top three fundraisers win recognition at an August White Sox game and two tickets per winner!

For more information or to register for $40 ($50 on race day) go to Run for ALS. And let me know if you're running and I'll see you out there!

Note: I was contacted by the Les Turner ALS Foundation and asked to write about this race in exchange for a complimentary race entry.

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