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How to: Organize a 5K Charity Run

Malika Chopra | GOOD


Step 1. Get a solid planning committee together.

Planning a successful 5K run requires a lot of time, manpower and resources, and can take up to 6 months. To make the whole process more effective, enlist the help of someone with experience organizing a similar event. Your local runner’s shop may have good resources and ideas on planning the event.

Step 2. What is the charity or cause you want to support?

Can the event happen during the designated day or month of the cause for maximum public exposure? For example, it would make sense to have a run benefitting breast cancer research during October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Step 3. Set a date, time, location and estimated number of participants.

Where should the starting point and ending point be? Contact law enforcement agencies to make sure that the route does not break any laws.

Step 4. Break down the logistics of planning the event–from preparing to wrapping up at the end.

Make sure you’re prepared!→