Hosting a fundraiser is a great way to engage your clients and inspire community health and fitness. Physical activity brings a plethora of physical and mental health benefits, and when it’s for a good cause, it gets people even more motivated and engaged.
Fitness fundraisers combine these two mood-boosters into a fun community event, where the main goal is to have fun, get together with like-minded individuals, and enjoy a day of fun and exciting outdoor activities. The question is: which fitness fundraising event feels the most motivating to you? To help you out, we’re listing five inspiring fitness fundraising ideas you can try.
Organize a workout social event
These events can take place practically anywhere in the city, from beaches to parks to town centers. The way it works is you find a place where your community spends a lot of time and figure out what the main activities will be. You can be creative here as well, organizing anything from outdoor relay races to all the different types of contests. Make sure that there are enough refreshments – you can contact local food and drink sponsors and have them take care of this aspect of your social event.
Take things a step further by hiring a DJ – music is only going to engage the participants, even more, taking your event to the next level. Once you have all the logistics figured out, rely on social media and other online platforms to promote your workout social event, collect donations, and sell tickets for the event.
Host a fun and competitive marathon
This is where you can really get creative and let your imagination run wild. There are all kinds of marathons you can host that is so fun and competitive that they’re guaranteed to get the community excited and inspire them to join the fitness fundraising event.
Get creative with a dance marathon, decorating your venue and the dance floor where your participants can dance till they drop! You can also make it a fun family event by hosting a jump rope-a-thon, walk-a-thon, or a jog-a-thon. The money can be raised in multiple ways – participants can reach out to their family and friends and get sponsored, they can get pledges from their networks, or they can collect donations.
Host a youth fitness fundraiser
When organizing fundraisers, you can also choose to focus on attracting individuals from a particular age group. For instance, you can choose to raise money for schools and organize a fun youth fitness fundraising event that will get all the students engaged. These programs combine physical fitness, fundraising, and leadership lessons, which is what makes these all-in-one events so fun and unique.
Children get to learn about leadership and the importance of team building, bolster their character development, and have fun with their peers all the while helping raise money for their schools. The sponsors can pay their pledges on the fundraising page and the pledges are due right after the event.
Raise money through a themed fun run
The only thing more fun and exciting than running for a good cause is running dressed up in a fun costume. While a typical 5K race usually has a high turnout and gets everyone moving, participating in a fun run while in a themed costume is only going to encourage even higher turnout rates and further increase participants’ engagement in the fundraising event.
The themes can vary from specific time periods (the ‘70s or ‘80s) to seasonal themes (Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc.) to costumed runs (superheroes, animals, etc) – anything goes! The participants can help raise money through sponsorships and runner registrations, and you can also offer them prizes as well as refreshments after completing the race.
Organize a weight loss competition
Few things are as motivating as bettering yourself while knowing that you’re simultaneously helping someone else. Weight loss competitions are ideal for inspiring people who want to reach their weight loss goals to join in and really challenge themselves to make a change while helping raise the money.
The best part? Organizers get a chance to promote their classes, staff, and facilities with minimal investments. Hosting such an event involves minimal costs, and all it takes is setting up a fundraising page on your website where the donations will be collected.
When hosting a fitness fundraiser, it’s important that you choose something that you’re passionate about. Feel free to use the ideas above as an inspiration for organizing your next fundraising event that will help bring your community together, motivating them to live a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life.