Get an idea - running clubs, sports clubs and gyms


Before organising your activity, ask your members what they would like to do. After all, the success of your event depends on their participation and enthusiasm!

  • Encourage your colleagues to attend an existing event to show their support for World Animal Day. Or you could run for animals at a different event, like the 'Wild Run' above. Even if it seems that there aren’t any in your area, there might be an online event that you can participate in, such as this running event from 2018
  • Organise a fitness challenge – ask for a minimal registration fee and help participants set a personal goal, which would be attainable in one month. You will provide advice and support throughout the month – motivation could be increased by asking family and friends for sponsorship. Reach out to the local community to join your challenge. Experienced members could also be assigned as mentors to make any newcomers feel welcome. By offering the challenge as an economical taster of your club, people new to fitness might continue with it after the month has ended.
  • Organise a run, possibly with participants dressed as animals! Raise funds by charging an entrance fee or by asking participants to collect sponsorship money. Many people enjoy having a souvenir of runs they’ve completed – you could offer a branded t-shirt or other item with the name of your run and the date. Winners could also receive a trophy or medal.
  • An event doesn’t have to be about fundraising – you could sign up for an existing run and run with a World Animal Day flag to raise awareness instead.
  • Alternatively, instead of running, organise a cycling relay race. Recruit teams from your own club, or perhaps compete against another club in your area.
  • If your country’s climate isn’t too hot, think about forming a ‘Canicross Club’. Fit, energetic dogs will love running with their humans! Hold your launch event on, or around, October 4.
  • Instead of a cake sale, ask your members to come up with new, original ideas for a healthy protein bar. It could be a competition, with other members choosing a winner from various categories – vegan, gluten-free, no-bake etc. Sell the winning products at an event or CrossFit competition in aid of an animal welfare charity. You could even add the tastiest recipes to your website!
  • If you attend a CrossFit gym, hold a ‘WOD-athon’ – complete a ‘CrossFit hero’ workout every hour, on the hour, for a specified time period (2, 4, 5, 8, 12 or 24 hours). Your WOD, or Workout of the Day, could be sponsored, in aid of an animal welfare charity.
  • As an alternative, hold a ‘dance marathon’ – reserve a large space in your building for at least 12 hours. Make sure you have plenty of drinks and some snacks. For greater success, your club members could form teams – at least one member must be on the dance floor at all times. Funds could be raised through sponsorship, and spectators (including family and friends) could be charged a nominal entrance fee. Ask the local paper to cover your ‘dance marathon’ to raise awareness of both your club and World Animal Day. Why not ask a local restaurant to provide a meal for the winning team? (The winners will be the dancers with the most stamina, not the best moves!) Read about ‘dance marathons’.
  • Approach a local store, supermarket or shopping centre and ask if you can set up a charity cycle. Set up stationary bikes and approach passers-by and shop staff to take part by cycling any distance they can manage. Club members should also be available to cycle so that at least one bike is always being used, in order to generate interest. You could chart your ‘mileage’ progress on a large map, depending on your country, e.g. from ‘Land's End to John o' Groats’ in the UK, from ‘Sydney to Adelaide’ in Australia or from ‘Mumbai to New Delhi’ in India etc. Additional club members or staff could use collection tins to ask shoppers for donations, after you’ve arranged with an animal welfare charity to collect cash on their behalf. You would need to check street collection regulations in your area.
  • Put together a ‘bring and buy’ sale. Some of your members probably have fitness equipment or products they no longer require, but that’s still in good condition. Newer members might appreciate the chance to purchase discounted items. If your club is small, you could approach other clubs in the area and arrange a combined sale to offer more choice.
  • Alternatively, ask members to donate their unwanted equipment, then hold an auction, raffle or garage/yard sale. Additional items, or experiences, could be given by relevant businesses in the area.
  • Don’t forget to sign the World Animal Day pledge board and make a personal promise for the animals. Ask your group’s other members to do the same!
  • Also see: ‘Other ways to participate in World Animal Day’ – if you’re online, there are several quick ideas for spreading awareness via social media.

If you have any other ideas, please let us know and we’ll consider including them on this page! Just email with your suggestions!

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