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What we do matters

Thursday, October 17, 2019

As we move closer to the MCM, I wanted to share some quotes from those that have received assistance from our Helping Hands program.

Sometimes what can get us across the finish line is realizing that what we do matters. 

Take this motivation and continue to reach out and share why you chose to support Helping Hands with your family, friends and colleagues.

If you need assistance or new ideas on how to reach your fundraising goal, reach out to Ashley at! She is happy to assist you achieve your goal. 

Take on the hills

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Run more hills.  One of the beauties of hills is that they really work on dynamic power, hip strength and hip mobility. 

Fundraising Tip:
As you train, share your story on social media or through email. Ask friends and family to sponsor the miles you run. For example: if you run 5 miles, they sponsor you for $1 a mile or even $5 per mile. Make a game out of it and offer to match their donation, so if they donate $10 and you donate $10, you just got $20 closer to your goal!

Let's be friends!

Friday, September 13, 2019

No matter what the weather conditions are, your fluid requirements increase when running long distances.  Make sure to drink small amounts frequently throughout your run. Remember, by the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. 

Fundraising Tip:
Meeting new people can be intimidating, don't be afraid to strike a conversation with someone new.  Maybe they have more running experience than you, that's okay!  Your new friend may find your reason for running intriguing and want to donate to Helping Hands! Get out there and mingle!

Be defensive as you train!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Have you ever heard of defensive running? Here are some defensive running tips!
1. Run facing traffic.
2. If you are using headphones, be sure you can hear things around you.
3. Wear reflective clothing.
4. Let someone know your route and how long you are expected to be out. 

Fundraising Tip:  
Send a thank you!  It’s a simple thing to do, but also one of the most powerful.

Make sure to say thank you to everyone who has supported you. Send emails, write personal notes and thank people in person. Do it every opportunity you get. 

Dog days of summer

Friday, August 9, 2019

Training Tip:
Take extra precaution when training in the heat. 
-Train early in the morning or at dusk when the temperatures are lower
-Get a workout buddy
-Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate-always take water with you!

Give it up!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Ask some of your friends or family members to "Give It Up".  The rules are simple: have those that you ask to agree to give up an indulgence for a certain amount of time and put the money toward your cause or project.  It can be something simple as buying a coffee each day or weekly tickets to the movies. If they go to Starbucks daily and spend $5, that could bring in $25 in 5 days. So easy, right?! 

Training Tip:
Do not exclusively run or jog for training. Make sure you cross train and include plenty of strength work, like yoga or weight lifting. 

Shoes, shoes, shoes!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

It's hard to ask friends and family, but the truth is, if you care about raising funds for the cause, they will too! They either share your values or just want to help! Go ahead, ask them to support you. 

Training Tip:
Consider getting a custom fitting for a pair of running shoes. Specialty running stores will help you find the shoe that is best for your foot and your body. Proper shoes protect your joints from injury.

Take rest days

Friday, June 21, 2019

When asking for a donation to support your campaign, ask for a specific amount--try these:
"Would you consider a gift of $20 to support my Gears for Good fundraising efforts to support those living with bleeding disorders?"
"Honestly, I have NO idea how much to ask you for, but is a gift of $20 something you'd be able to consider?"

Training Tip:
If something hurts for two straight days while running, take two days off. Two straight days of pain may signal the beginning of an injury. If something hurts for two weeks, even if you've taken your rest days, see a doctor!

Double the donation!

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Need to kick off your fundraising campaign? Donate $20 to your personal campaign to be the example you want your donors to see. Want to double this donation? Check with your employer to see if they offer matching gifts!

Training Tip: 
Start every run with 10 minutes of walking and slow running, and do the same to cool down.

Go for distance

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

One of the easiest ways to share your journey and hit your fundraising goal is to share your training on social media! Post a photo of you on your run and add your fundraising page and why you are running for Team Resilience. 

Training Tip: 
Go for distance rather than time - slow it down, be patient, and don't worry about your pace.