Thursday, 26 May 2022
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Thursday, 26 May 2022

How you can get fit and fundraise for Smile Train UK in 2022

Smile Train is an international children’s cleft charity, and our UK fundraisers are vital in helping us create smiles all over the world. We love to see the exciting ways our supporters choose to raise money for Smile Train UK. 

A fun and rewarding way to get involved is by joining Team EMPOWER. Team EMPOWER is Smile Train’s signature challenge events team. It gives people of all abilities the opportunity to use their race to raise money that provides free cleft surgery and comprehensive care to children in resource-poor countries worldwide. 

Interested? Then keep reading…

Through Team EMPOWER, you can turn your miles into smiles! You can do this through a guaranteed team entry spot and committing to a fundraising target or signing up to the race by filling out a self-application form. As part of our team, we will provide you with fantastic support from the moment you join.  You will receive a free fundraising pack and access to our online training hub, which will provide a training plan suitable for all abilities and helpful tips to get you to the finish line.  In addition, we’ll present you with a Team EMPOWER running vest, a certificate of appreciation, and the opportunity to share your story.

A list of all available races can be found on our website’s ‘Our Races’ page. Once signed up, you can create and share your fundraising page with friends and family, encouraging them to donate and help you reach your fundraising target. 

You may even want to buddy up with a friend to train and fundraise together. This is a great way to keep each other motivated and have fun along the way! 

You can choose to participate in a race of any length, and either run, walk, or skip over the finish line! Races are held throughout the year, all over the UK. 

Some of our selected events include: 

Hackney Half Marathon – 22nd May 

The Hackney Half Marathon takes you through 13.1 miles of London’s East End streets in a weekend of entertainment, music, and carnival atmosphere. Expect to run through Hackney’s green spaces and alongside the canal, as well as enjoy a panoramic view of the Olympic Park.

ASICS London 10K – 10th July 

Run past iconic London sights such as Big Ben, the London Eye, and the River Thames in the ASICS London 10K. Join thousands of runners as you wind through central London on a route filled with entertainment and iconic landmarks in an event you will remember forever.

Great North Run – 11th September

Over 50,000 runners take part in the world’s most popular half marathon, the Great North Run. Starting in Newcastle and running 13.1 miles across the Tyne Bridge, enjoy seeing the Red Arrows soar overhead and soak up the amazing atmosphere at this very special race.

TCS London Marathon – 2nd October

The TCS London Marathon takes you on a 26.2-mile route alongside the River Thames – so you can take in amazing sights, such as Canary Wharf, Tower Bridge, Parliament Square, finishing on The Mall. This world-famous race is televised and attracts cheering crowds throughout to help get you to the finish line.

Royal Parks Half Marathon – 9th October

This award-winning half marathon will take you on a beautiful route through four of London’s Royal Parks: Hyde Park, Green Park, St. James’s, and Kensington Gardens. You can enjoy the 13.1-mile race whilst taking in picturesque autumnal views throughout.

We love seeing Team EMPOWER fundraisers crossing the finish line. By taking part in a fundraiser, you will change a child’s life forever, giving them not only a forever smile but a second chance at life!

For more information on the upcoming events and how you can join Team EMPOWER, please visit: smiletrain.org.uk/get-involved/team-empower.

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