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Running with the Altruists


Marathons and triathlons used to be the exclusive domain of hard-core athletes. Today, more and more amateurs are signing up, lured by the promise of free training in exchange for raising money for good causes (see BW, Spring 2005, "Worthy Workouts"). Here's a breakdown of groups that specifically coach participants for endurance events.

Organization: Team in Training

Benefits: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Location: Nationwide

Events: Marathons, half-marathons, cycling events, triathlons

Contact: teamintraining.org

Organization: National AIDS Marathon

Benefits: Local HIV/AIDS organizations

Location: Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C.

Events: Marathons, half-marathons

Contact: aidsmarathon.com

Organization: Train to End Stroke

Benefits: American Stroke Assn.

Location: Nationwide

Events: Marathons, half-marathons

Contact: strokeassociation.org

Organization: Joints in Motion

Benefits: Arthritis Foundation

Location: Nationwide

Events: Marathons, half-marathons, hikes

Contact: arthritis.org

Organization: MS 150 Bike Tour, MS Challenge Walk

Benefits: National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Location: Nationwide, but training varies by local chapter

Events: Cycling events, 50-mile walk

Contact: nationalmssociety.org


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