November’s Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon is now full, and if you’re one of the many Philly runners who are totally bummed out that you didn’t register in time — like BWP reader Kelly, who recently left us the comment, “Help! I missed the registration for Philly’s half marathon. This was the first half I planned to do and am currently training for. Can I just show up and run along without being registered? I really don’t want all this training to be for nothing!” — we have some good news …
There are still spots left! And you don’t have to sell your favorite running sneaks, buy a spot on the black market or get tackled by a police officer for running illegally on race day. All ya gotta do is raise money for a good cause.
Right now you can join the local nonprofit Back on My Feet‘s full or half marathon team by fundraising for its great cause. The group promotes the self-sufficiency of homeless populations by engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem, and all the dough you raise ($1,800 for a half spot, $2,200 for a full spot), will go toward sponsoring a new member with everything from his or her running gear to money for race entries. (Check out how the local runners who raised money for BOMF for Broad Street changed Kenneth’s life below.)
“Not only are you raising money for a good cause,” says Cathryn Sanderson of BOMF, “But you also get to see exactly how all of your hard work pays off. On race day we run as a team and the people you’ve affected will be all around you. When you cross the finish line you’ll have accomplished so much more than just the distance. You’ll have changed somebody’s life. ” In addition, you’ll also score a BOMF t-shirt, sweatshirt, have access to the team’s Saturday group runs, and more.
Sounds like too much cash? Here’s what Brian L., a 2008 marathon runner said about his experience running with BOMF: “I was really bummed when I found out that registration was closed for the 2008 Philadelphia Marathon. Then, I learned that Back on My Feet would sponsor my entry if I raised money for their organization. I couldn’t believe how easy it was as I raised more than enough money with two weeks to spare. The best part was that I got to fulfill on a lifelong dream, while also helping an incredible organization make a real difference in the world.”
Interested? To sign up and receive more information, contact Cathryn Sanderson at Cathryn@backonmyfeet.org or 215-772-1080 x107.