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Circle’s annual fundraiser The DARED Challenge is back!


Since its launch, the challenge has captured the hearts of over 600 runners, raising an £87,000 for children and families in Scotland

Circle, an Edinburgh-based charity dedicated to supporting children and families, is thrilled to announce the return of its annual The DARED (Do A Run Every Day) Challenge.

Back for another exhilarating year, The DARED Challenge promises to ignite a month-long celebration of fitness, community, and charitable giving throughout June.

Since its launch, The DARED Challenge has captured the hearts of over 600 runners, raising an impressive £87,000 for children and families in Scotland.

This year, Circle aims to reach new heights in fundraising, gathering passionate participants from Edinburgh and beyond to join in making a significant impact on the lives of local children and families.

"The DARED Challenge is more than just a run; it's a testament to the power of community and compassion," says Kirsty Henderson, events officer at Circle. "We've seen first-hand the incredible impact of this event on both our participants and the families we support. It's a chance to challenge yourself, meet and connect with new people, and make a tangible difference in the lives of others."

The concept of The DARED Challenge is simple yet impactful: participants pledge to run every day in June, at a time that suits them. Whether it's before work, after work or during lunch breaks, runners have the flexibility to choose when and how they complete their daily run.

Physical activity has been shown to have a positive impact on our mood. A study from the Mental Health Foundation asked people to rate their mood immediately after periods of physical activity (eg going for walk or run).

Researchers found that the participants felt more content, more awake and calmer after being physically active compared to after periods of inactivity.

This can be you too.

Participants can opt for one of three exciting challenges: the one mile run, the 5K run, or the DARED To Be Different Challenge. No matter your fitness level, there's a challenge suitable for everyone. Plus, participants have the option to raise funds for Circle's children and families or make a one-off donation entry fee, both including a welcome pack, runner's t-shirt, water bottle, and other exciting offers. Also, you don’t need to run alone, you can also sign up as a team – so why not DARE your friends, family, or work colleagues to join you!

"DARED really is more than just a physical challenge; it’s a journey of personal growth," adds Kirsty. "Every penny raised, and every mile run directly supports local children and families in our communities facing difficult times.”

Ready to join?! Click here to sign up for The DARED Challenge now

For more information about the event, visit Circle's website or contact Kirsty Henderson at Kirsty.Henderson@Circle.Scot.

Kirsty Henderson is events officer at Circle.



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