Running For A Good Cause

With spring on it’s way, the race calendar for Philadelphia is getting busier and busier. You can see a list of all runs on a month to month basis on this blog (check out April runs here). Below are a number of runs that are being held to support a good cause.


Saturday April 11th: Stroehmann Walk + Run Against Hunger in Philadelphia.

Join us for our annual Stroehmann Walk+Run Against Hunger, a fun-filled 5K event that raises much-needed funds for more than 100 food pantries, soup kitchens and hunger-relief agencies in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey. Together, these programs help hundreds of thousands of local families put food on their tables every day. The Walk+Run Against also benefits the region’s leading hunger-relief agencies, including the Coalition Against Hunger, The Food Trust, SHARE Food Program and Philabundance.

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Saturday April 11th: Footsteps For Friends in Haverford.

Proceeds from Footsteps for Friends support the Friends School Haverford Financial Aid Program. We are committed to making an FSH education available to as many children as possible. Your race registration helps support our mission to be an inclusive school by increasing diversity and building ties to the community.

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Saturday April 11th: Run for our Kids with Cerebral Palsy 5K in Levittown.

Join us for our 5K Run/Walk to raise awareness of Vladimir Bryant Foundation’s Little Hearts Home in Haiti. This run is sponsored by the Vladimir Bryant Foundation.


Sunday April 12th: Find Her Footing 5K in Media.

Adoptions From The Heart will hold our 3rd annual 5K race. Over 180 people registered to participate last year and several others just came out to cheer us on. With your help Adoptions From The Heart raised approximately $4,500 for our Birthmother Fund in our 2014 race, help us make this year even more spectacular! The Birthmother Fund supports women who have worked with Adoptions From The Heart, both before and after pregnancy. AFTH has worked with thousands of pregnant women considering adoption.

Special APRIL FOOLS promotion! Enter FOOLEDME15 at registration to receive $5 off this race!

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Sunday April 12th: The Alex Valeno Exceptional Persons 5K in Gwynedd Valley.

This is a charity event hosted by the Special Education Club of Gwynedd Mercy University. The funds raised will be used to support CHOP’s Cardiac Unit, The Autism Institute of Gwynedd Mercy University and The Peter Powerhouse Foundation. Alex Valeno was an active club member and co-president of the club until January 2013 when she suddenly passed away due to congenital heart disease. In order to honor her, the club has started The Alex Valeno Special Education Award and has designated the 5K in her name.


Sunday April 12th: Dart For The Arts 5K in North East Philadelphia.

The Dart for the Arts 5K Run/1 Mile Walk benefits the Music Department at Nazareth Academy. The Dart for the Arts 5K will allow runners to explore Torresdale by way of the beautiful Nazareth Academy campus, historic neighborhood, and scenic route along the Poquessing Creek. We welcome all types of racers: runners, walkers, adults, children, seniors, students and most especially alumnae and friends of NAHS!

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Saturday April 18th: Run, Walk, Roll for Brain Injury 5K in Newtown.

Our annual 5K and 1 mile run, walk and roll benefits the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania and Camp Cranium, a camp for children with brain injuries. The Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania (www.biapa.org) and Camp Cranium (www.campcranium.org) are committed to preventing brain injury and improving the quality of life for people who have experienced brain injury.

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Saturday April 18th: Evolve IP Spring Fling 5 Mile in Wayne.

Enjoy a Spring Saturday with a Fast, Flat Out & Back Run on the Chester Valley Trail to benefit MANNA and it’s sponsored programs and organizations. MANNA is a non-profit organization that cooks and delivers nutritious, medically-appropriate meals  and provides nutrition counseling to neighbors who are battling life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, renal disease and HIV/AIDS.  Through our delivery of 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, MANNA provides hope and nourishment to the Greater Philadelphia area and Southern New Jersey.

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Saturday April 18th: Rick’s Run 5K at Ridley Creek State Park.

All proceeds will go to the Abramson Cancer Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania to help fund research for Esophageal Cancer. This run is in memory of Rick Curtis who after a courageous two year battle lost his fight in December of 2011

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Sunday April 19th: Care To Carry On 5K at the Philadelphia Zoo

All proceeds from this event will benefit Camp Erin®-Philadelphia, a weekend overnight camp for children and teens in the Greater Philadelphia Region, who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life. This camp combines traditional, fun, high-energy camp activities with the grief education and support that kids and teens need to carry on after a loss, in a healthy way.

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Sunday April 19thBookin’ for Lookin’ 8-Miler in Newtown.

The purpose of our healthy and fitness related event is to raise awareness and raise money for two fantastic organizations: The Bucks County Associaiton for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB). Your contribution will continue to help finance much-needed research and researchers seeking to find a cure for blindness and sight restoration. In addition, this event promotes a healthy, friendly atmosphere among all the participants, sponsors, volunteers, and community in support of our cause.

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Sunday April 19th: Kristin’s Krusade 5K in Philadelphia.

Benefits the Kristin Mitchell Foundation. The mission of the Kristin Mitchell Foundation is to support educational efforts that raise awareness among young adults about the dangers of unhealthy dating relationships. Kristin was a 2005 SJU graduate who was murdered by her boyfriend three weeks after graduation. This years marks the 10 year anniversary of her death.

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Sunday April 19thDash For Organ & Tissue Donor Awareness 5K/10K in Philadelphia.

The Dash for Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness has hosted tens of thousands of participants, commemorating countless donations and lives saved. For 20 spectacular years, teams and individuals have volunteered to run or walk with us to spread the word that donation saves lives.

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Friday April 24th: Dash for Diabetes 5K in West Chester.

Participating in the Dash is a great way to encourage Employee Wellness and Team Building while marketing your business and conducting Community Outreach. Proceeds towards this race will benefit the Diabetes Self Management Program at Chester County Hospital. Your donation will directly impact patient care in our community through the Diabetes Self-Management Program. Donate today and help make our community a healthier place to live.

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Saturday April 25th: Narberth Cystic Fibrosis 5 Mile Run in Narberth.

The Narberth Cystic Fibrosis Run & Walk is a Five Mile Run and 1.5 Mile Family Fun Walk that winds through the quaint neighborhoods of Narberth. This USATF Certified course is one of the areas premier 5 mile runs and the unofficial kickoff event for the Spring running season. All donations are tax deductible and will fund Wishes for children and families who battle Cystic Fibrosis every day!

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Saturday April 25th: Miles for Myeloma 5K in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Multiple Myeloma Networking Group’s (PMMNG) mission is to be an ongoing resource for myeloma patients, their families and friends. The PMMNG was formed in 1995, and is a diverse group of myeloma patients, their caregivers and support persons. Certainly we wish there were no need for a group such as ours, but we take comfort from the fact that we have been able to reach and assist so many more people than the small
group who met more than 15 years ago.

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Saturday April 25th: Race Against Violence 5K in West Chester.

5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk through downtown West Chester. Proceeds benefit The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc.

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Saturday May 9th: The Bucks 5K and 10K at Tyler State Park.

Proceeds for this race will benefit the Tyanna Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness. Improving the lives of breast cancer patients is at the heart of the Tyanna Foundation which honors a mother’s life, love, and living legacy. Tyanna Barre O’Brien lost her battle with breast cancer in 1990 at the tender age of 48.  Her daughters, Anne, Bridget, Megan, Sara & Kate O’Brien founded the Tyanna Foundation and the flagship event “BreastFest” which is a yearly event in Athens, Baltimore, Dewey Beach, New Jersey and Philadelphia.

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Saturday May 9thCrush Childhood Cancer 5K in King of Prussia

The 4th annual Crush Childhood Cancer 5K is an officially timed race, and all levels of runners are welcome. Race proceeds go directly to families with children with cancer. Each runner is encouraged to fundraise by soliciting donations in addition to their entry fees to increase the support we can give our families.  Runners can select a famly team, so you know exactly whom you’re running for.  If you don’t select a team during the registration process, one will be assigned on race day.

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Sunday May 10th: The Mother’s Day 10K in Washington Crossing

The Mother’s Day 10K is a race that will benefit A Woman’s Place. Founded in 1976, A Woman’s Place (AWP) is the only domestic violence community benefit organization in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. AWP provides a full range of programs and services to individuals experiencing domestic violence, their children, and the community. This is a community-based social change organization committed to the empowerment of women and to ending intimate and domestic violence for all.

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Sunday May 17th: VMC Bridge to Opportunity 5K  at the Ben Franklin Bridge

This race benefits the Veterans Multi-Service Center, the only non-profit agency in the Philadelphia and surrounding areas that provides comprehensive resource center available to all veterans in need. Proceeds will benefit the Veterans Multi-Service Center’s Job Development programs which provide job training, certification, interview preparation and other support to ensure local veterans have a smooth transition from the military to civilian workplace!

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If you do not see a run on this list that should be, email us at runningphilly1@gmail.com

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