Put some pep in your step: walk, run, and race to the finish line at one of these charity competitions across Asia! These active events will whip you and your little runners into shape, as well as promote a happy and healthy lifestyle for your sporty crew – all in the name of a worthwhile cause. Run along now…
The UNICEF Borneo Marathon is an annual race that benefits causes such as promoting anti-bullying and helping those with disabilities. Since 2016, there’s also a 3km race that allows children with disabilities to partake in the action alongside their caregivers! Kids between the ages of 13 and 18 can also sign up for the 10km student-run category, where they will receive a medal, t-shirt, and certificate upon completion.
UNICEF Borneo Marathon, https://www.borneomarathon.com
Every year, runners take to the streets to support local cancer research for Run For Hope in partnership with the National Cancer Centre. The new edition will continue this worthy cause, where families can take part in the 3.5km fun run together. Do your part by gathering the kids and enjoying a scenic stroll along the Kallang River, or go the extra mile by contributing donations and volunteering for the event too!
Run For Hope, https://www.runforhope.sg/
The Standard Chartered Marathon is partnering up with many charities such as the Dignity For Children Foundation and Hospice Malaysia and racers can also choose to join their Run For A Reason program that aims to improve the environment and the lives of the disabled. Children’s race categories include a 1km dash for those between six and 10 years old and 3km run for little ones between 10 and 13 years old.
Standard Chartered KL Marathon, https://www.kl-marathon.com/
Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! Run for the preservation of wildlife, active tykes race to the finish around the Singapore Zoo. While there are 10km separate runs for women and men, both competitive. Teens between the ages 13-17 can join the 5.5km Safari Zoo Run or 2.5km Safari Zoo Dash, both need adult supervision and neither race is competitive. The little munchkins aged 6-12 can participate in the 2.5 Competitive 2.5km Safari Zoo Dash. Each speedy kid gets a cool goodie bag. Best of all, spend the day at the zoo for free!
Safari Zoo Run, www.safarizoo.run
Income Eco-Run is Southeast Asia’s premier eco-run which champions environmental conservation and aims to encourage everyone to play their part in supporting the cause for zero-waste. Parents can join the 21.1km Half Marathon or the10km Mixed Team. Teens can participate in the 5km Fun Run whereas the lovely kiddos can participate in the 1.2km Kids Dash or the 800m Kids Dash.
Income Eco-Run, incomeecorun.sg
Family getaways to Phuket normally call for leisurely lie-downs by the pool. For a change of pace, strap on your runners for the Phuket marathon. Book well ahead of time if you’d like to do the full (43km) or half (21km), other options include 10.5km run, a 5km walk, and a 2km kids run just for the little ones. The event is created to raise money for charity through the “Laguna Phuket Foundation" which initiatives includes the Developing Sustainable Schools Program and funds for “Children First Fund.”
Laguna Phuket International Marathon, www.phuketmarathon.com
A marathon for kids completed by kids with the aim of promoting happier youth. The People's Association Community Development Fund (PACDF), supports children (0-16 years old) and have benefited over 404,000 children through 108 program/events to date. So get your kiddos in those running shoes and educate them how important it is to give back. Not only are they running for a good cause, doing sports but also meeting new friends, win-win!
POSB Passion Run For Kids, www.posb.com.sg/personal/run-for-kids
Bali Pink Ribbon Foundation provides awareness to the disease, including free mammograms to women at risk to women with the aim of having a mobile mammogram machine to provide screenings to more women. They organize numerous charity drives every year including the fun walk in the month of October.
Bali Pink Ribbon Walk, www.balipinkribbon.com
Instead of starting at the crack of dawn, the Koh Samui Midnight Run kicks off at the stroke of midnight at Chaweng Beach. Participants can choose between 5km or 10km and run for the good cause, where proceeds will be donated to places such as the School for Autistic Children and the Green Project. Admission fee starts from 500 Baht with various age categories from below 11 years old to above 50 years old, which means that the whole family can get involved!
Koh Samui Midnight Run, http://www.samuimidnightrun.com