Why You Should Consider Volunteering at a Race Track

Volunteering at a race track is a great way to give back to your community. Whether you choose to volunteer at a local marathon, half-marathon, 5/10/15/20K, cycling race, or triathlon-style event, you can know that you are giving back to your community and helping change the world around you in a positive way. After all, remember that these races cannot happen without the great volunteers that give their time to the cause.

Most Races Benefit Charities

When you volunteer for a race, not only do you let the people participating in the race do what they love in racing, but many of these events also benefit charities. Race participants often raise money for various charities through pledges or donations. When they run the races of their choice, their charity benefits by getting the money pledged to each participant.

The more volunteers that a running event has, the less people they have to pay to work the race thus cutting expenses and allowing that money to go directly in the pockets of the charities it supports! 

What Charities Are Sponsored?

There are a variety of different charities that are sponsored by different races. Active.com provides a list of upcoming running events that all benefit charities. From donating to cancer research to children’s charities and to everything in between, you can find charity events in your area that allow you to get out and run while raising money or a great cause! The distance you run is irrelevant, whether it’s a 5K or a marathon or something in between, the idea is that you are getting out, volunteering, and helping those who choose to participate give back to a cause that is worthy of the time and effort everyone puts in and is in need of the money raised.

Every charity event helps make the community a better place and benefits those who are less fortunate than we are!

Races Help the Community Businesses

Besides many of these events donating to charity, many of these events also benefit local businesses. For larger events, many runners come from out of town and frequent local hotels, restaurants, stores, and businesses, which brings additional revenue into the city where the event is held. The extra revenue helps boost the city’s local economy and helps keep businesses up and running, especially when 1000s of participants come in for the race!

What Do Volunteers Do at Races?

If you volunteer to work at a race, your job will vary from manning the starting line to passing out water to participants at “hydration checkpoints” throughout the race, working in the realm of event security alongside law enforcement, or even organizing things behind the scenes. Volunteers help ensure that the events go on safely and that the participants are safe while running the races when they choose to participate.

Conclusions

In the end, serving the community by volunteering at a race helps give back to your community while also helping others who are in need.

Happiness in a Basket

Having a picnic in the park or at the beach is a staple of bonding for a lot of families. The act of getting away from the normal routine in and of itself lends a hand to creating stronger bonds and fonder memories. It can even be a favorite first date plan or a way for an office to try and bring employees closer together. 

Picnics Through the Years

The History Channel believes picnics began in the Middle ages when the wealthy took to hunting for entertainment. However, the lower classes did not have the time or the resources to partake in picnics until the Victorian era. NPR notes that picnics used to be used more like potlucks than the picnics we have today. 

Filling the Basket

After you’ve decided on a picnic, you have to decide what to bring. Everyone has an opinion on the best picnic foods, so which do you choose? Ranker lists sandwiches, lemonade, potato chips, fruit salad, and watermelon as the top five picnic choices. You can stick with the classics or spice them up by trying something new. Food Network has recipes for a sandwich on a stick and a shrimp salad among others that will let you expand your palate. 

Why?

Why would you want to prepare and pack up food just to take it somewhere else to eat it? Because it’s good for you! Health Fitness Revolution has compiled a list of 10 benefits to your health including family bonding, stress relief, and the impact of being outdoors. There really isn’t a good reason to eat in today. You could make it a weekly occurrence, and try to pick a new location to enjoy or a new food to try each time. It could be the first step toward a much better, happier, and relaxed future. Go pack a basket, pick a place, and enjoy your time outdoors. 

Everything You Need to Know About Planting A Tree

It’s no secrets that more trees than ever are getting uprooted and moved in the name of “human activity.” Whether humans are looking to make paper goods or cut down trees to build buildings, towns, or cities, trees often get put on the backburner in the 21st century. Deforestation has devastated many wild animal’s habitats and will continue to devastate more of them if we don’t do something about it and soon.

That is where replanting trees comes in!

The Importance of Trees:

Many people have forgotten how important trees are to the world around us. Consider that over 180 million Americans rely on forest watersheds for their drinking water and the water that they use in their homes daily. If these trees were to get taken away, people would have to pay a lot more for water to have it filtered and provided to them at the same quality which it is now.

Moreover, trees remove pollution from the air in the surrounding atmosphere and help improve our air quality.

Large populations of wildlife rely on trees for their well-being and lives. They depend on forests, cover, and water. Moreover, about 1/3 of all endangered species live in the forest and require this protection for their existence to continue.

If trees are not present, soil can get eroded at a much higher rate by both wind and rain that comes through the area. Trees help manage heavy rainfalls and reduce flooding in many areas and also eliminates what deposits of foreign debris and mineral get put into the water when it goes into runoffs after it rains heavily outside.

These are just a few of the reasons that trees are so crucial to our planet and the well-being of humans living nearby. 

Helping Replant Trees:

Fortunately, many different organizations such as One Tree Planted (United States) or Trees for the Future (mainly works in sub-Saharan Africa) advocate keeping our forests healthy by replanting the trees that we use for natural resources. Other projects also exist such as Nature Conservatory’s Plant a Billion Trees project (worldwide initiative), which aims to plant a billion trees around the world are all aimed at keeping the world’s forests healthy to provide a healthy planet for future generations. 

You Can Contribute:

Many of these conservation projects allow you and other everyday people contribute to their cause without ever having even to dig a hole to place a tree. Organizations such as One Tree Planted request that those who want to help donate $1 to the charity and they plant a tree with the dollar that is donated! These organizations (there are many) plant trees throughout the entire world to help offset the trees that humans are using as we continue to build and develop the planet for further human habitation.

Conclusions:

If you want to donate to any of these great charities, there are links on their websites where you can help plant trees and save your planet! Your dollar goes to a great cause, and the planet gets more trees, which we need to ensure that we can keep our planet healthy for many generations to come!

Go Surfing to Catch a Wave

Both professional and amateur surfers live for the exhilarating experience of riding the biggest wave they can find. If you’re heading to Hawaii, California, or another tropical destination, going surfing can be a great way to experience local culture while enjoying the ocean. 

History of Surfing

Surfing has been around for several centuries. The earliest known record of surfing is from 1767 in Tahiti, and it is believed that the sport has likely existed in some form since ancient times. While the first surfing competitions as we know them today did not appear until the 20th century, early Polynesian cultures are believed to have chosen their village leaders based on their surfing ability. 

Surfing Equipment and Safety

Choosing the right surfboard is the most important step in planning a memorable surfing experience. Surfboards are generally made of coated foam or other lightweight materials, and they come in a variety of sizes and types. Be sure to select a board that is appropriate for your height and matches the type of waves that you plan to surf on. 

Always dress appropriately in order to protect yourself from the sun, your board, and the water. Depending on where you are surfing, wear a wetsuit or a rash guard and board shorts, rather than a bikini, t-shirt, or other clothing. Other essential equipment includes a leash to keep the surfer connected to the surfboard, surf wax to help the surfer avoid slipping off the surfboard, and surf earplugs to protect the ears from extreme temperature or pressure differences.

Always bring plenty of water, and avoid surfing during the sunniest hours in the middle of the day whenever possible. Never go surfing alone, and use extreme caution when surfing in unfamiliar areas.    

Competitive Surfing

Tourists surf occasionally on vacation, but natives to top surfing areas often participate in a variety of competitions that may lead to careers as professional surfers. Children, teens, and adults who live in Hawaii, California, and other tropical areas often spend part of the majority of their days in the ocean, and natives to coastal cities often begin building their swimming and surfing skills from a young age. Bethany Hamilton, a Hawaiian surfer, became well-known as a teen, and she continues to inspire both surfers and other women around the world.     

Where Can I Go Surfing?

While surfing is often thought of as a Hawaiian sport, it can be done in virtually any coastal city that is located in a tropical climate. According to the Travel Channel, some of the best places to catch a wave around the world include California, Costa Rica, Australia, Morocco, and Tahiti, in addition to Hawaii. Many top tourist destinations offer surfing lessons and equipment rental.  

If you’re heading to Hawaii or another popular ocean destination, be sure to add surfing lessons to your to-do list and get ready to have some fun in the sun!

Camping Under the Stars

There is nothing in the world quite like a hot cup of coffee, from an old fashioned percolator, first thing in the morning on a campsite. Surrounded by the sounds of nature waking up as the sun filters through the trees. Camping is a family tradition for a lot of families. 

Through Time in the Trees

Thomas Hiram Holding was the man to put camping on the map, so to speak. Britannica writes, Holding was moved by the experiences he had as a boy which lead him to write two books on the matter and create the first camping association (Association of Cycle Campers) in 1901. By 1932 the first international camping organization was formed (International Federation of Camping and Caravanning). According to CampTrip, the 1960s saw a large increase in the number of families that took to camping as a vacation. It was cheaper than the previous alternative and lent itself to more time with nature. There was a significant improvement in the quality of the gear and a reduction in its weight. 

Nature Heals

Both the Huffington Post and the National Parks Service agree that going camping is good for your overall health. Being in nature for even a few minutes a day can help relieve stress, but staying out in nature without any screens can improve your circadian rhythms (which can aid in a better night’s sleep), reduce depression, and allow you the ability to truly appreciate all the beauty there is to be had in the natural world. Bringing people you care about with you can help build relationships and give you even more memories to share. 

Getting Started

RootsRated has a very comprehensive list of what you need and how to decide which type of supplies are best for you. To add to that list, a wire rack to go over the fire can be a great cooking tool. It’s cheaper than a stove if you are just starting out, but it takes more practice to cook with. A kitchen tent (a tall screened-in room that can be assembled over a picnic table) can be very helpful to store food and provide a place to eat without as many bugs. A hatchet to split your own wood can also be a lifesaver. You can’t go wrong with some rope and clothespins for an easy clothesline. Water Jugs will be needed along with the water bottle because you will most likely need to walk to a water pump for water, and one bottle just won’t cut it. A tarp is also a good thing to keep around. The more you camp the more you will tailor your supplies to your needs. Camping truly is a wonderful experience everyone should have at least once.