If you love a good workout, you can turn your spent calories into wishes. All across the country, you’ll find events for all interests and levels of fitness. Here’s a look at Make-A-Wish®
events that can make you part of granting wishes while getting your sweat on.
Walk or Run
Make-A-Wish chapters hold about 75 walks every year as part of the Walk For Wishes® program
every year. Many chapters hold their walks in spring – but some 2013 events are approaching: Chicago, Phoenix and Raleigh, Seattle, Philadelphia, Cedar Rapids, Yorktown and Charlotte, to name a few. They're all coming soon, so be sure to check the dates so you don't miss out.
Most Walk For Wishes events are untimed, family-friendly affairs. You'll find a few that include runs.
Take a Ride
A few Make-A-Wish chapters feature some epic road bike events. Brittany Tang wrote a blog post about her experience at the famous three-day, 300-mile Wish-A-Mile ride
in Michigan this summer. Not up for three days? Well, Blood Sweat & Gears ride in North Carolina
offers plenty of challenge – one day, 100 miles. You still have time to train before next summer.
If you’re more of a team sports person, there’s a Make-A-Wish event for you. Supporters in Colorado started a kickball tournament that’s evolved into a fundraising machine. In 2012, the Kick-A-Ball tournament raised $95,000
– that’s with 75 teams and 1,200 participants. Dice, winners of the last two tournaments, is the team to beat when the 9th Annual Kick-A-Ball tournament starts later this month.
Don’t live in Colorado? No problem. You can start a tournament - or other event - in your own community.
Get Roped In
If you love heights and you’re good at fundraising, here's an idea for you: Over the Edge. All you need to do is raise at least $1,500 in donations for Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas. If you’re one of the first 300 to hit the minimum … you get to rappel down a 32-story building in Austin! If you’re brave as participant Laurie Wisbrun, you can
make the descent in a tutu.
Choose Your Own
There are endless ways you can turn your own favorite sport into a Make-A-Wish fundraiser. You could get friends and family to pledge for every lap you (or your team) takes in a 24-hour mountain bike race. Or organize a hockey tournament where every goal, assist or save triggers a donation. And I haven’t even mentioned hiking, curling, caving or numerous other awesome activities.
Make-A-Wish has a variety of tools to help in whatever adventure you create. Check our Online Fundraising page to find out how your day of challenging fun can turn into a life-changing event for a Make-A-Wish kid.
Rappelling photo courtesy of Laurie Wisbrun.