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How your marathon (or any race) can make a difference this fall

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An Oxfam runner proudly shows off her medal after completing the 2010 London Marathon. Photo: Jonathan Evans/Oxfam

Would you run 26.2 miles to fight hunger and poverty? Several Oxfam America supporters will be doing just that in the upcoming 2012 ING New York City Marathon. In the second part of our interview (read part one), team members share some fundraising tips and talk about the extra motivation that comes from racing for a good cause.

How are you getting friends and family involved in your efforts?

Tara Weir: The vast majority of my fundraising has been through social media. I [post] updates on Facebook frequently about my cause and send out emails to family and friends. So far I have had a lot of success! I also have an awesome group of friends and family that are supporting me.

Clara Herrero: I’m writing letters to family and friends as well as posting updates on my training to Facebook and Twitter. Later this month, I’m planning a dinner party for friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors—the menu will be food from a country where Oxfam works.  Oxfam works in more than 90 different countries so it’s hard to decide! I will ask everyone attending the dinner to donate $5-$10.

Andrea Henning: I have created a fundraising web page and have been using social media to get the word out. I also have a birthday coming up and plan to ask my friends and family to donate any money that they would’ve spent on a gift and/or celebration to my fundraising campaign.

Why should others dedicate a race or walk to Oxfam this fall, whether the 2012 ING New York City Marathon or another event?

James Hare: Setting a challenging goal and reaching it is immensely satisfying. Doing this while raising money for a good cause is even more satisfying.

Andrea Henning: Running to raise awareness and funds for a cause that one believes in can also add a new level of meaning to the experience of training for a marathon or race of any distance, and it can help serve as a little extra motivation on days when it’s tough to get out the door. Oxfam also does a fantastic job of supporting their runners.  I’ve run a couple of races for different charities, and Oxfam has done more to help team members meet their fundraising goals than any other organization I’ve run for.

What’s the first thing you’ll do after you cross the finish line?

Elenne Song: Find my husband and two boys and hug them.

James Hare: If I don’t collapse, I’ll probably just want to eat something.

Tara Weir: Get way too emotional!

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