Yesterday while I was
Running together again: After the Beach to Beacon
My brother and I both actually got into the race through the lottery on our first try (a statistical anomaly that my brother was counting on not happening as he is not a runner) and we decided to join a charity team as well. NYC was my brother's first marathon and he thought joining a charity team would give him added motivation and accountability while he trained, and it would add to the whole experience overall. So we joined the Autism Speaks team.
If the fundraising goals of the bigger races scare you (many require runners to raise $3000-4000 for a guaranteed bib), there are many other ways to be a charity runner. Many marathons have specific charities that are beneficiaries of the race and allow you to raise what you can. Additionally, many local charities like to have runners run for them as it raises awareness and funds for their organization in their community. Check race websites and with local charities that interest you to find out what programs are available. It's always an option to partner with a charity to create your own team at a race and it allows you to share the benefits of all your hard work during training.
Have you ever run a charity race? What are some of your best fundraising tips?