Running for fun is amazing but running for a cause is even better.


Running for a cause allows you to put in the physical activity and mileage, while also feeling the gratitude that comes with helping others. Running for a charity can help someone feel as if they have achieved greatness and made a difference.

This year, the American Cancer Society (ACS) DetermiNation is coming to the west coast with events for participants with various opportunities including the upcoming Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon and LA Big 5K on Sunday, March 24. This is not only the largest marathon on the west coast but is also nearly sold out. The ACS is one of several charity partners for this year’s LA Marathon.



ACS DetermiNation allows athletes to accomplish new running achievements, while also raising funds to go towards ACS to help cancer patients. Helping others can be a fun way to get yourself out to run in a race.

“We chose to return the DetermiNation program to Los Angeles in 2019 for a few reasons,” said Adriana Serrano, community development manager, ACS. “We’re always looking at relevance in how we serve our communities, and with Los Angeles being one of the most active, health and wellness minded places in the country, it makes sense for us to be part of this great event for our supporters and is a great opportunity to raise revenue to lead the fight for a world without cancer.”  



I know that youth runners won’t be doing marathons anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean marathons are not be in your future. It does not hurt to get yourself out there and start making connections to charities that mean something to you or get your families involved. DetermiNation is always looking for athletes that want to join them in fundraising for ACS. If you are not ready for a full marathon, don’t worry, because you can also be a part of their half marathons, and other endurance events. So, whether you pick ACS, or another charity, start making your miles more meaningful and consider running for charity.


To learn more about DetermiNation, visit


Read about Ciera's experience at the New York Half Marathon last year with Team Determination