|Picture is of the Las Vegas Marathon and Half and is from Competitor.com|
Earlier this month when I was reading my Women's Running magazine, I came across an article where the writer was recapping her experience at the Rock n Roll Las Vegas half marathon. Right away I was intrigued because I ran RnR Las Vegas too. However, she ran it for charity. I'm sure we all understand the concept of running for charity, you raise money, then you go run. This lady was running for charity but she was doing it a bit differently. She was running as a chaser.
When you run as a charity chaser, you start dead last! You place yourself in the very last corral (and if I remember Las Vegas correctly there were MANY corrals. I'm thinking at least 43), and you don't start until every last person crosses the start line.
Your job as a chaser is to pass as many people as you can. Each person you pass is equivalent to $1 for your charity. In this instance, the lady running was sponsored by Transamerica Life Insurance, so Transamerica Life Insurance would be the company responsible for donating the money to the selected charity. Her charity was the Edith Sanford breast foundation.
In the end she ended up passing 14,122 runners. That's a whopping $14,122 earned for the charity.
I love the idea of running as a chaser. Generally when we run races we are running them for ourselves and setting our own goals and trying to improve our own times. Running as a chaser is not about us at all. It's not about our own PR. Its about something so much bigger!
I'm sure there are stipulations to running as an "official" charity chaser. They only have one chaser per race so I am gonna guess its a difficult position to get. However, if you are not worried about time or corral placement, it might be fun to run non-officially as a chaser at some race and see how many people you pass. Would this interest you?