We all have different motivations for exercising.

Maybe you exercise because you like the way it makes your outsides look. Perhaps you sweat because you want to frequently indulge, guilt-free, in succulent Chinese meals. Maybe, just maybe, you exercise because you like that way it makes you feel (wow, congratulations, please teach us).

Motives aside, one thing’s for sure: sweating makes you feel good. Helping others makes you feel good, too.

What if we told you there was a way to combine the two to achieve frankenstein-levels of feel goodness?

You can. It’s called a fun run.

Sure, ‘fun run’ is an oxymoron that might strike fear straight into your potato-loving heart, but it shouldn’t.

Charity events that involve exercise are just that: they’re charity events. They aren’t races and there are no prizes for coming first. The whole idea of a fun run is to raise money and celebrate the power of collective goodwill. It’s a productive use of your weekend and a great precursor to brunch.

Here are five fabulous fun runs ’round Australia to get involved in this year.

Teresa’s Trotter’s, Melbourne

Sunday, 18th February, 2018

Teresa’s Trotter’s is a charity walk organised by a newly-founded Not For Profit organisation, The Aftershock.

It’s a 6km walk around Melbourne’s iconic Tan Track, kicking off at 8:30am. You can do the trot solo or go as a team – a single ticket is under $50 and all the proceeds go to charity.

The Aftershock was launched late last year by Suzy Neate (who just so happens to be an Account Manager here at PEDESTRIAN.TV) shortly after she lost her mother Teresa to a rare cancer (Medullary Carcinoma of the Thyroid, or MTC for short).

The walk is a NFP event in every sense of the word: every single cent will go towards high mortality rate cancer research.

Melanoma March, Perth

Sunday, 8th April, 2018

The Melanoma Institute‘s Melanoma March is in its seventh year, and shows no signs of slowing down.

The march is held all across Australia, and last year over 7,000 people from every state and territory supported their local march. The Perth iteration is a 5km march or a 10km run along picturesque Cottesloe beach. It doesn’t get better than that.

A full list of dates for the Australia-wide marches can be found here.

Cupid’s Undie Run, Adelaide

Sunday, 18th February, 2018

Find yourself single and ready to mingle this Valentine’s Day weekend?

The most fun you can have in your undies is getting around Cupid’s Undie Run, a 1.5km jog a whole bunch of brave folk do in their tighty whiteys.

The run raises funds for Children’s Tumour Foundation of Australia, and the Adelaide iteration is happening along the Glenelg Esplanade. B-e-a-uuuutiful. And who knows… you might find yourself a Bonds-wearing beau.

Undie Runs are on all around Australia this year – check out the full list of cities here.

RBC Race for the Kids, Sydney

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Sunday, 11th March, 2018

Touted as “Sydney’s most fun 5km family run”, the RBC Race For The Kids is a charity event in Sydney Park, St Peters, kicking off at 7am. It consists of 2 events; a 5km run and a 2km family route.

Proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House Randwick, a charity that aims to create a home away from home for sick children and their families. All funds raised from the 2018 RBC Race for the Kids will go towards renovating one of our isolation units as well as a sanctuary space for our families.

RBC Race for the Kids is an exciting series of fifteen charitable runs supporting children’s causes all around the world. Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Kuala Lumpur, United Kingdom, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and the United States are all hosting runs – you can check out all the worldwide dates here.

Memory Walk and Jog, Brisbane

Sunday, 3rd June, 2018

This year, Brisvegas’ Memory Walk & Jog is headed to Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks. You can register for the 2.5km walk, 5km walk or 10km run to help by joining in the race against dementia, and enjoy the shady riverside walking track.

All funds raised increase Dementia Australia‘s ability to provide vital support services, such as counselling, support groups, education to help family carers and professional training across Queensland.

Go on, tie up yr laces. Everyone will thank you for it.

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