On The Run: Where You Can Race for Charity Every Month This Year

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You can get some exercise while supporting a different charity or cause nearly every month of the year.

February: Cupid’s Undie Run

Brave souls strip down to their skivvies and run this one-mile race to raise money for research for neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body.

March: Emerald Miles 5K

The Epilepsy Alliance Ohio hosts this run/walk to raise funds for counseling, support groups, community education, and more for individuals living with epilepsy.

April: University Relay For Life Walks

Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati both host walks this month to benefit the American Cancer Society. It’s like a mini “Crosstown Shootout” but for charity.

May: NAMIWALKS

The Southwest Ohio chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) sponsors this spring walk to raise money to support programs and resources for individuals with mental health challenges.

June: Hyde Park Blast

This annual four mile race benefits pediatric cancer research nonprofit The Cure Starts Now.

July: Queen City 5K

This Queen City Foundation’s run supports programs, resources, and scholarships for local kids.

August: College Advantage Redlegs Run

The annual event benefits the Reds Community Fund, which provides educational programs for underserved youth in Greater Cincinnati.

September: Buddy Walk

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati’s largest fundraising and awareness event is responsible for raising half of the organization’s annual revenue.

October: Out Of The Darkness Walk

This American Foundation for Suicide Prevention event highlights awareness campaigns and supports programs and educational initiatives that focus on mental health and suicide.

November: Western & Southern Thanksgiving Day 10K

This Turkey Day walk/run supports a number of local nonprofit organizations, including the Barrett Cancer Center and Alzheimer’s Association Greater Cincinnati.

December: Jingle Bell Run 5K

Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite holiday costumes for this run, which raises awareness and funds for arthritis research.

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