Puerto Rican actor/comedian Ramon Rivero is generally credited as the founding father of the walkathon: In the '50s, he traversed the 80 miles between San Juan and Ponce on foot to raise awareness for the work being done by the Puerto Rican League Against Cancer. Today, walkathons are an extremely popular way for health-related groups to raise both awareness and funds, and participants can do something good for both themselves and the organization without having to train for months beforehand.
Walk MS, which has raised nearly $800 million since its inception in 1988, is one such organization, and is looking for teams of runners and volunteers. Runners can expect a 3-mile jog/run/walk/shuffle (whatever the skill level may be) around Julia Davis Park. Breakfast and snacks will be provided.
Bikeathons are a good way to do some good, too, and the Jayden DeLuca Foundation is also looking for health-conscious participants. In May, five firefighters will begin a journey they're calling Cycling for Hearts: a bicycle ride from Boise to San Francisco in memory of Jayden, who passed away before the age of 3 from heart complications. To support the firefighters, indoor cyclists are invited Saturday, April 19, to join them at Go Epic Cycling for a ride to raise awareness and money for the fight against pediatric heart conditions. For $20, riders can reserve a seat in one of the day's four ride times and a chance to win some prizes.