Walk Hard: What You Should Know About Walkathons
Walkathons have been generating a whole lot of buzz lately. But, what’s all the hype about?
These fun fitness events are often held as fundraisers, gathering donations for schools and charitable organizations. And, since participants are walking instead of running, they are an easy way to get the whole community involved – even those of us who aren’t physically fit.
In this article, we’ll guide you through all the basics you’ll need to know for participating in a walkathon – including how these events work and how you should prepare for the big day.
Keep reading to learn more!
How Do Walkathons Make Money?
As a walkathon participant, you’ll be asking people within your community to sponsor your walk with a small financial contribution. This could include friends, colleagues, and even family members.
In some cases, a corporate sponsor will match these donations to help raise more for a worthy cause. Which company sponsors school walkathons and other charity walks will depend on where you live. But, you can always contact a business or two on your own if you want to raise more money!
Training for the Event
If you aren’t in great shape, you can still participate in a walkathon! But, you’ll need to work your way up to it.
Start by walking short distances and gradually work your way up to the full length that you’ll need to walk to complete the event. And, don’t forget to track your progress! This will help you stay on track with your training and keep you motivated to walk a bit further each time.
If you don’t live in an area where outdoor walking is a comfortable option, training on a treadmill might be your next best option. And, no matter where you plan to walk, be sure to use appropriate clothing and footwear to prevent discomfort and injury.
Pack the Essentials
On the day of your walkathon, be sure to pack a small bag with everything you’ll need to enjoy the day.
You’ll want a bottle of water, sun protection, some healthy snacks, and a change of clothes for after the walk. If you live in an area prone to poor weather, bring whatever outer layers you might need to repel rain or snow. Lastly, don’t forget to bring a few extras like first aid basics, a digital camera, and a small bag for trash.
While you may be tempted to bring more, leave all the extras at home. You won’t want to compete while carrying a heavy bag, and you’ll run the risk of important items being lost or damaged.
Ready, Set, Go!
Now that you know a bit about walkathons, you’re probably excited to participate in your first event. Congratulations, and good luck with your fundraising!
Don’t forget to start training now so you’ll be totally prepared when the big day comes. And, be sure to pack all the essentials that you’ll need during the event.
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