Some international running events are so popular that the only way to get a place is to run for a charity. This involves raising a set amount of funds for the said charity. This might sound like a difficult thing to do or perhaps a waste of time, especially since there are so many other events that one could run without this trouble.
However, running for charity is a great experience and takes running to a whole new level; an experience that all runners should experience at some point. The charities themselves provide support and information on how to raise the funds and on how to train for the marathon. It makes running a marathon a different experience.
Bake sales are a great way to raise funds. Family and friends are usually happy to prepare goodies that can be sold, and usually more than happy to buy goodies that other people make. I organised a bake sale at work in July 2014 to raise funds for cystic fibrosis in order to participate in the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London in October 2014. It was a great event and €500 were raised in just one event. This would not have been possible without the help of friends, colleagues and family.