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Top 6 Charity Marathon Training Programs


Updated May 31, 2014

Walk a marathon or multi-day walk for a purpose. These programs support you with personal coaches, group walk training sessions, motivational support, travel and lodging. In return, you collect donations, usually with a minimum of over $1500.

1. Leukemia Society Team in Training

The Leukemia Society was the first with the concept of enlisting and training people to run and walk marathons while collecting donations. They offer a great program with wonderful destination marathons and excellent coaching.

2. American Cancer Society DetermiNation

The American Cancer Society DetermiNation program challenges you to train for a marathon, half marathon, triathlon or bike event while fundraising.  The program includes coaching in your local area and race day team camaraderie and support.  You can choose from over 60 different races from across the USA.  The fundraising does not cover travel or hotel expense.

3. Arthritis Foundation Joints in Motion

The training programs include live training by local offices for specific marathons, half marathons and cycling events. They also have a virtual training program for those not located in an area with a live group.

4. Train to End Stroke

A newcomer in the the charity marathon training business. The program benefits the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association.

5. Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Walkers
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Debuted in 2003 with marathon/half-marathon two-day walks in several US cities. Local offices train and support walkers. Walkers may complete a half marathon both days, or a marathon on the first day and a half-marathon on the second day, camping out at the Wellness Village in between.

6. Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walks

Debuted in 2003, continuing the 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk format. Walkers get training support and travel to one of several US cities to walk 20 miles a day for 3 days, camping out together each night.

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