Yup, we’re already talking about the Broad Street Run. In December. Before Christmas. That’s because charity bibs are already available and being snatched up by eager runners.
For the uninitiated, here’s how it works: You sign up to run in support of a charity, committing to raise at least $500 for the cause. In return, you get to bypass the registration lottery in February; you have a guaranteed spot for the May 4, 2014 race; and, in some cases, you get some pretty fun swag or special treatment on race day.
So far, these are the charities that are offering fundraising bibs, along with what they do and what runners get:
Fairmount Park Conservancy
What it does: Preserves and improves the 10,200 acres of Fairmount Park.
What runners get: VIP packet pickup at Philadelphia Runner (i.e. no need to haul yourself down to the stadiums to wait in line at the Expo); race-day clothing; membership in the Fairmount Park Conservancy; a ticket to the GLOW in the Park event next October; 10 percent off at Philadelphia Runner from February 1st to May 5th of next year; and entry to a pre-race party at Philadelphia Runner and post-race tailgate at FDR Park.
American Cancer Society
What it does: Provides cancer research, education, advocacy and service.
What runners get: Race race hospitality areas at the start and finish, with bag check, Port-A-Potties and food available only to ACS runners; VIP packet pickup at the expo; pre-race dinner for you and your family; coaching advice during training; group runs; personal fundraising mentor to help you meet your goal; and ACS race swag.
Students Run Philly Style
What it does: Connects students with adult mentors who help them accomplish goals beyond their dreams, including the completion of a marathon.
What runners get: Training t-shirt; weekly newsletter with training tips and motivation; weekly group runs and cross-training with Students Run Philly Style staff and volunteers; training schedule; and a 15 percent discount for registration for the Gener8tion Run, Students Run Philly Style's 8K run in April.
Back On My Feet
What it does: Uses running to help the homeless transform their own lives and achieve employment and independent living.
What runners get: BoMF swag; regular newsletters with training and fundraising tips and BoMF motivational stories; training runs five days a week starting from different locations; 15 percent off the Back on My Feet 5-Miler Halfway to Broad on March 29th.
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