There’s a lot of need on our planet. If you can afford to buy a pair of running shoes and enter a race, you are in the minority—the minority that can help.
Running is an individual sport, which means it is what I, the runner, make of it. I can choose to make it about me—I can sign up for the race that offers the best prizes, I can buy the extra junk, I can obsess over some (ultimately meaningless) PR…
Or, I can choose to make a difference with my running. (Obviously I make a difference in my health, attitude, and outlook, but those things are still about me.) I can enter the race that benefits the best cause, fundraise while training for a race to support my favorite cause, and then donate the money I’ve saved by not buying that extra junk. And none of that takes away from my ability to obsess over my meaningless PR.
Along those lines, since I am going to buy running shorts and shirts anyway, I might as well buy from Janji, whose motto is “Run for another.” According to their website, “Janji is a running apparel brand that provides food and water to those in need.”
“Through each purchase of Janji’s distinctive running apparel, a portion of proceeds funds organizations that are alleviating the worst problems related to food and water. By funding solutions and raising awareness through our apparel, Janji wants to create a nation of runners that run for another and eliminate the global food and water crisis.”
Runners can choose from a good selection of shirts, shorts, and tights; proceeds from each piece of clothing go to a specific purpose. For example, money from the “Run for Rwanda” shirt will help malnourished children in Rwanda, while the “Run for Peru” shirt provides three months of clean water to a person in Peru. You can read more about how Janji makes a difference here.
So, with Janji shirts, shorts, and tights, you can stay cool, look cool, and even be cool by helping people who really need your help.
By the way, I’ll be wearing my Run for Rwanda breeze shirt at my races this fall. As far as looking cool, I doubt even Janji can help me. But at least I’ll stay cool while making a difference. You should join me.