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Charity Walks and Runs in the Greater Pittsburgh Area - 2014

Walk or Run for Charity in Pittsburgh


What a wonderful way to spend time with others who are both health conscious and civic minded, and help raise money for worthwhile Pittsburgh area charities at the same time. Charity bike rides, walks, runs and other events are held throughout the greater Pittsburgh area each year, providing the perfect opportunity to volunteer some time, set exercise goals, make new friends, and help your fellow Pittsburgh area neighbors.


* Want to ride your bike instead? Here are the Pittsburgh Charity Rides

1. Valentine's Day Run for RSG1

"Run for a Reason" at this annual event in North Park which helps to raise money for RSG1. Proceeds benefit the RSG1 Save A Brain Campaign, funding critical research and advancing therapies and treatments of glioblastoma tumors, cancer, Alzheimer's, neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, epilepsy and Glut1 DS. 

2. MDA Muscle Walk 2014

March 2, 2014
Family-friendly fun walk
Help support local kids and adults who suffer from muscular dystrophy by participating in this fun walk at the Pittsburgh Mills mall in Tarentum. Whether you form a team with friends and family or take part individually, you'll be making a difference for local kids and adults who are affected by this disease.

3. Fight for Air Climb 2014

March 22, 2014
Stair Climb
This is not an event for the faint of heart – or lungs! The Fight for Air Climb 2014 challenges athletes in a race to the top of the Gulf Tower in Downtown Pittsburgh to raise much needed funds for those battling lung disease. Climb-at-your-own-pace participants are also welcome, with your own separate start time.

4. Race for Grace

March 29, 2014
5K Run & 1 Mile Walk
The 7th Annual Race For Grace 5K & 1 Mile Walk benefits the Reflections Of Grace Foundation, named after Grace Elizabeth Ekis, a precious 5-year-old who lost her courageous 13-month battle with a rare cancerous brain tumor on Valentine’s Day 2008.

5. Run VK Pittsburgh

March 30, 2014
5K Run
This national run to raise money for the V Foundation makes its debut in Pittsburgh on March 30, 2014. The V Foundation, named in honor of former basketball coach and cancer victim Jim Valvano, sponsors research and treatments for all forms of cancer.

6. Big Blue Quest

April 12, 2014
5K Run/Walk, 2K Fun Walk
Walk or run for colon and rectal cancer awareness and research at this annual walk sponsored by the Allegheny General Center for Colon and Rectal Surgery. Held in North Park.

7. Walk in the Wild for NF

May 3, 2014
5K Walk & Fun Run
The 20th annual NF 5K Walk & Fun Run, held annually at the Pittsburgh Zoo, will support of research and programs benefiting people suffering from Neurofibromatosis.

8. Walk MS: Pittsburgh

April 12, 2014
1 Mile Accessible, 5 Mile Walk
Every hour of every day someone is diagnosed with MS, and this popular Pittsburgh walk helps raise funds for national and local MS programs. Don't live in Allegheny County? There's another MS Walk in Westmoreland County (Greensburg) on May 4 as well, plus MS Walks in Beaver and Washington counties on April 27, 2014.

9. CFF Great Strides Walk

May 1, 2014
10K (6.2 miles)
Take steps to help cure Cystic Fibrosis at the Pittsburgh GreatStrides walk - to be held May 1 at beautiful North Shore Riverfront Park. Several other CFF GreatStrides walks are scheduled around southwestern Pennsylvania on other days in May, including South Park (May 18), North Park (May 18), Boyce Park (May 18), Moraine State Park (May 18), Youghiogheny River Park (May 17) and the Blue Spruce Nature Center in Indiana (May 10).

10. Pittsburgh Marathon

May 4, 2014
26 Mile Run/Walk
The Pittsburgh Marathon is back and better than ever for 2014, and offers you the chance to dedicate your run to one of several great national and local charities. In addition to the 26-mile marathon, there is also a half-marathon and marathon relay, as well as a wheelchair division, with a course that crosses all three rivers on its way through downtown, the North Shore, the South Side, Oakland, Shadyside and Bloomfield.

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