August has arrived and one of my goals for the month is to choose an organization in Colorado to donate to as part of my Small Change initiative. I am running Pikes Peak Marathon on August 17th in Manitou Springs, Colorado and I am looking forward to the challenge and excitement that comes with participating in this race.
I started Small Change to support nonprofit organizations that are making a difference in the communities in which I travel to for a race or an adventure. In July, I attempted Speedgoat 50K in Snowbird, Utah and I donated $25 to Push to the Finish. This wonderful organization is based in Utah and provides opportunities for children with physical disabilities to experience the enjoyment, competition, and sense of accomplishment of participating in a race.
I wanted to get an idea of just how much money could flow into Utah if every runner who traveled from out of state for Speedgoat also donated to a nonprofit organization of his or her choice. So, I did a little number crunching based off of the “finishers” listed on Ultra Signup and those listed as “drops” on UltraLive. Keep in mind that my numbers and results are not scientific (after all, I wasn’t even listed as a “drop” on UltraLive’s website!). My goal was to get a general sense of how much money my Small Change initiative could generate for Utah organizations from one race. And here’s how the numbers played out:
- There were approximately 162 runners from out of state that started the race
- Of those, if every runner donated $25 to a nonprofit, $4,050 would have been generated for Utah organizations
- Increase the amount to $30 per runner and it jumps to $4,860 (nearly $5,000!)
Not bad for one little race! Do you have a race or an adventure coming up? I encourage you to donate to an organization and let me know about it and I will highlight your story on my website. And please help spread the word—I recently registered the domain, smallchangerunner.com to help brand and remember this important initiative. Together, our Small Change can add up to real benefits for communities.
I’m not sure what organization I’ll select for Pikes Peak Marathon. I’m a big fan of the El Paso County Search and Rescue, as this mighty team is an important part of keeping the race (and runners) safe—and they even staff one of the aid stations on the course! However, as part of my online registration for the race, I already donated $5 to them, so I’d like to find another organization in which to contribute.
Are you from Colorado? If so, do you have a favorite organization? Post your suggestions in the comments section. Please keep with the spirit of the website when passing along your ideas. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you!