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Let’s Talk about Planning Walkathons!

shoe2Roger Carr, author of Charity Walks Blog, has invited me as his first guest on the Charity Event Success radio show. The interview will take place on Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 2 p.m. Eastern. We will be discussing the topic of Planning for a Successful Walkathon. There are several ways to listen to the conversation:

* Call (347) 850-8340 to listen to the show live

* Listen to the streamed show from the host webpage at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/charity-event-success

* Listen to an archive of the interview will be available immediately following the show at Roger’s blog.

Be sure to leave a comment on the show page when you visit.


Why Plan a Walkathon?

Picture of Steven proudly walking.

Are you considering the idea?  Mull these over… six reasons to plan a walkathon:

  1. They are an easy way to socialize.  A lot of people (like me) find it easier to make friends while they are moving.  The conversation comes more naturally than at a party.
  2. They are healthy.  Everyone gets out and moves.
  3. They are fun.  It’s basically a big theme party out doors.
  4. They appeal to all ages.  There’s plenty to do for children, and the calmer set can sit and watch the walkers go by.
  5. They can be a catalyst for a lot of publicity for your cause.
  6. They can be very lucrative.

Yes, it’s a lot of work.  However, a Walkathon can bring in good money and at the same time, provide a friendly, healthy, and fun event for your community.  I say plan well, but go for it!

So You Want to Plan a Walkathon?

Walkathon 2008

Anna and I at the Bullis Charter School Walkathon 2008

Hi!  I’m Lee Garverick and this is my inaugural Walkathon blog entry.  Thank you for finding me!

I love walkathons, was co-chair of my daughter’s walkathon in 2008, and have been involved in eleven different walkathons over the past eleven years (and counting).  I am writing an e-book about how to organize and run one for your school.  It should be ready in a few weeks.

  • Meanwhile, I’d like to collect your requests.  If you are planning, or have planned, a walkathon, what would be most useful to include here?
  • Also, if you’re in the midst of planning and need advice, please just shoot me an email at walkathonguide@gmail.com.  I’d love to help if I can.  I’ve kept records of everything so hopefully I can help you.
  • Finally, send me a note if you’d like to get on my email list.  I’ll be giving advanced copies of the guide to the earliest responders (comments welcome!).