While I was running one day I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, “The Jillian Michaels Show”. They had on a man named Gene Gurkoff, who started, Charity Miles. He talked about he was doing runs in honor of his grandfather who had Parkinson’s disease. Gene went on to talk about he put everything into this app, giving up a very lucrative job in order to make it happen. Even to the point where he and his wife had to move back in with her parents for a bit. But his passion for helping others was so inspiring.
The app is really easy to use, and costs the runner nothing. Corporate sponsors pledge to donate money, and in turn, the app advertises their business through banners. It uses your phones GPS and motion sensors to get your distance. There are options for outdoor and indoor walks, running, and one for outdoor biking. You can choose your what charity you want your miles to go towards, and you can change it up and give it to a different charity every time if you wanted. The app contains charities that help animals, people with cancer, veterans, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and more. All you need to do is make a profile, pick a charity, and take a walk. You see what company is sponsoring your miles that day, and you can take photos during your walk.
I immediately started using it on my runs, and when Jim and I went on walks. So far I have done miles for Autism Speaks because of having the opportunity to work with so many amazing kids with autism. Then I also did miles for the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which raises money for Parkinson’s disease. I just open the app at the beginning of my run, leave it run in the background, and I just take a fun pic at the end of it. I want to encourage everyone who enjoys taking walks outside, or going for runs to download it. Not only are you getting fit, enjoying the outdoors, and doing something positive for yourself, you could also be helping others and moving with another purpose. So go and get moving!