A social media site once said runners are egoistic and self-serving. I beg to differ.
Yes, we leave our families to go out on long training runs and subsequent deep-tissue or sports massages. Yes, we have multiple streets temporarily shut down to motorists so that we can run a race safely. Yes, we display our medals and bibs, and we can ramble off our PR (personal records) faster than we can recite our own addresses.
But, most of the time, we don’t just run for ourselves.
I can’t think of any race that doesn’t raise money for a good cause — be it cancer research, children’s charities or special funds for survivors of tragedies — through registration fees...