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The other marathon: fund-raising

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney  February 11, 2010 09:09 AM

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Going the distanceGlobe correspondent Elizabeth Cooney is writing about the Boston Marathon in the series "Going the Distance," which appears in the Globe's G Health section. She's also training for it, and hopes you'll check in with her along the way.

For charity runners, raising money is almost like another marathon.

It can be hard to make the "ask," even in the best of times, but novice and veteran fund-raisers alike say they are finding it difficult to seek donations from friends, family, and co-workers when the need in Haiti is so huge.

"I do have to say fund-raising is a little more reserved now that the Haiti relief has started," said Angela Morello, who has pledged to raise $3,500 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. "It's hard when there are so many great causes and the economy is so tight right now. I don't blame people for not giving too much."

Other runners who were closer to their goals when the earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12 have decided to make up the balance themselves. I heard that from one of my running club buddies, who hadn't asked for a donation to the charity he's been running for over the years. But hearing he was going to eat the difference made me reach for my checkbook.

Charity runners, how is it going?

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Look for updates, news, analysis and commentary from the following.
  • Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
  • Ty Velde is a 16-time Boston qualifier who's completed 12 consecutive Boston Marathons and 25 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 13th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
  • Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes

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