With the 2017 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon quickly approaching, here are five reasons why you should put on your running shoes and join Team UNICEF:

It’s a win/win!

Combine your marathon goal with the goal of raising funds for children around the world. Whether you’re running 5K, 21K or 42K, knowing that you’re helping children fulfill their potential through UNICEF will make your achievement extra special.

Stay motivated.

Everyone knows you need to train for a marathon, but it can be difficult to stay motivated leading up to a race. Knowing that you’re running for something bigger can help you stay on track and push you to put on those running shoes even, on dreary days.

Team UNICEF members at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Overcome obstacles.

Running a marathon isn’t easy, and you will undoubtedly encounter many obstacles along the way. From injuries to dehydration, being able to overcome these obstacles will allow you to reach your goals and gain a sense of accomplishment. Through UNICEF, you’re helping children overcome obstacles to education, health care, gender equality and more by supporting initiatives that break down these barriers and defend the rights of every child.

Build new friendships.

Joining a running group or recruiting a training partner is a great way to connect with like-minded individuals who share a common goal. Running alongside a friend can ease the rough days, and help you strive beyond your potential.

Local action, global impact.

By joining Team UNICEF, you’re making an impact on the lives of vulnerable children around the world. UNICEF works in more countries and saves more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization. Together, we can provide hope and opportunity for every child.


Ready to run with us? Click here to get started on reaching your goal!

 a child running a race