Monday, June 15, 2009

Health | Marathons attract fundraisers, but are amateurs fit to run? | Seattle Times Newspaper

Health | Marathons attract fundraisers, but are amateurs fit to run? | Seattle Times Newspaper

Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — If a popular marathon is sold-out, procrastinators can still finagle their way into the race. And no, we don't mean sneaking onto the course.

The secret is joining one of the dozens of charity groups that still have some coveted late-entry forms. Simply commit to their cause — raise some money — and you'll be at the starting line with 45,000 other runners, hobby joggers and walkers, regardless of your experience or ability.

But while marathons can be rewarding and life changing, they can also be grueling, unpleasant events, especially if you're new to the sport. If you're also fundraising — no easy feat — you might feel pressured to keep pushing with training when you shouldn't. And some running coaches worry that the charities are more interested in raising money than in the health of the runners, a charge the charities deny.

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