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Fitness For Philanthropy

Starting this May, Dan will awaken at 6: 30 a. m., grab his bike and throw on his helmet for a ride that stretches beyond city limits. Amazing willpower is not the only thing that keeps this44 year old man waking up in the wee hours of the morning to peddle on pavement regardless of heavy winds, damp weather and even spring showers. It is the group of 200 people who are there waiting for him, each one of them out there for the very same and special reason.

'I am riding for a cause,' says Dan the fitness enthusiast who like millions of Americans has combined exercise with philanthropy and now run, bike or swim to do good for others. 'It is more than just a great way to stay in shape. Knowing that there are people waiting with the same intentions as me, to raise money and awareness for a cause when others are not so fortunate, is what keeps me going back week after week.'

Training and fundraising with a group makes it easier to reach more than just your fitness goals. Many individuals, like Dan, do it just to be part of something bigger than them. Along with that comes the camaraderie and bonding shared with fellow do-gooders. 'As a single person, it has been a great way to feel connected, especially on weekends when most of my friends are out spending 'special time' with their partners or caring for their children,' says Dan.

And now, with web based technologies such as ActiveTeamFundraising.com, teams can be created, performance tracked and monies collected and monitored via the Internet. An added bonus is that many of the programs offer assistance from coaches, physical therapists and nutritionists along the way.

With the weather getting nicer and nicer each day, charity for fitness events are happening everywhere for the next several months. If you want to get involved, here are some non-profits with national sporting events you should check out:

Team in Training: The Leukaemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training® is the world's largest endurance sports training program. The program provides training to run or walk marathons and half marathons or participate in triathlons and century (100-mile) bike rides.

Relay For Life: Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of your American Cancer Society. During the event, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times.

Walk Now for Autism: Walk Now is Cure Autism Now's grassroots fundraising and awareness initiative, uniting thousands of parents, children and families in a fun, friendly, empowering environment. The Walk is a 5K (just over 3 miles) with lots of water, food and fun along the route.

Race for the Cure: The Komen Race for the Cure Series raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honours those who have lost their battle with the disease.

Tour de Cure: American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure: a series of fund-raising cycling events held in 40 states nationwide. The Tour is a ride, not a race, with routes designed for everyone from the occasional rider to the experienced cyclist. Whether participants ride 10 miles or 100 miles

*, They will travel a route supported from start to finish with rest stops, food to fuel the journey and fans to cheer them on!

Challenge Walk MS: Challenge Walk MS is a 2 or 3 day, 30-50 mile walk offered in nine exciting destinations across the country. It's the perfect way to embrace a personal challenge while joining a journey toward a single destination: a world free of MS.

About the author:
Sherri Langburt is an entrepreneur and independent spirit who is teaching non-married individuals the art of living happily ever now. Her ' pi├Ęce de passion,' SingleEdition.com, offers a lifestyle destination that embraces the culture of single living. Unique and insightful single living content, expert advice, tips and how-tos on topics ranging from home, health and wellness to finance, travel and leisure distinguishSingleEdition.com
Sherri Langburt, SingleEdition.com
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