cause (noun) a principle, ideal, goal, or movement to which a person or group is dedicated
Running for a cause is one of those intangible rewards that comes with the sport. I remember the first time I realized this was one of the reasons I enjoy running.
Several years ago I ran a race where the proceeds of the entry fee were to go to the Arthritis Foundation. When I first signed up for the race, the reason behind why I signed up was honestly none other than the fact I was looking for a race to run in December. However, when I got the the start line the morning of the race something else clicked for me. I thought about the millions of people affected by arthritis and how essentially, I was running in their place. For them, because of them and to help them in some small, indirect way. The way I ran that race was more than just to nab a better time or have a nice T-shirt. I came away from that race with a refreshed perspective on one of the reasons why I love running so much. It’s a small way in which I can give back to others who may not be as fortunate as myself.
Having a cause to run for, whether it be to save someone’s life with research or provide a way for them to have clean water in Africa, is one of the reasons I keep running.