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Stay Motivated for a Good Cause: 2017 Races in National Parks

Jan 12, 2017 03:06PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

By Geoff Livingston. Photo courtesy of

Staying healthy, or getting in shape, are among the most common new year resolutions made. However, it can be difficult to continue with motivation after the initial excitement wears off and the mundane repetition kicks in. 

Luckily, there are so many ways to stay, or get, in shape that are fun! Setting a goal, or having something to work towards, can make it that much easier to stay on track. Motivation is key. 

Running themed runs like 5ks, half marathons, and marathons, can be a fun way to keep yourself motivated with a fun end-goal. Though many different organizations offer their own "Fun-Runs," we decided to highlight some runs that National Parks all around the US are organizing.

Supporting a great cause while keeping your goals on track? Talk about a great way to stay motivated! 

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Vacation Races hosts races near some of our nation’s most iconic national parks, including Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain, and Everglades. By registering for an event through Vacation Races, you’ll not only be knocking an item off your bucket list, you’ll also be supporting your national parks! Check out the list of upcoming races and be inspired to make a vacation out of your next race.

Make Every Step Matter

As you commit to hitting those step goals in the new year, make them count for you and for your national parks. Charity Miles is a free app that allows you to raise money for a charity by walking, running, or biking. Walkers and runners earn 25¢ per mile and bikers earn 10¢ per mile for their charity of choice. Every step you take can make a difference for your national parks, so download the app today, select the National Park Foundation, and get out on the trails!

A Few Fresno-Area "Fun Runs" to Try in the Meantime

 2nd Annual Hanford Cow Run Half Marathon  5K - start Feb 05 2017 0800AM

2nd Annual Hanford Cow Run, Half Marathon & 5K: Feb 5, 2017 8:00AM

Join us on our 2nd Annual Hanford Cow Run, Half Marathon & 5K. This is an exciting Half Marathon and 5K course, its fast and located on the flat rural roads of Hanford. This course wi... Read More »  

Foam Glow 5k - start Jun 03 2017 0530PM

Foam Glow 5k: Jun 3, 2017 5:30PM

Foam Glow 5K™ is a fun filled experience exposing runners to Glowing Foam and a ton of Blacklights all over the course. Glowing runners come from all different ages, shapes, sizes, and sp... Read More » 


Content courtesy of the National Parks Website