Palace for Life’s annual fundraising and social event, Marathon March is taking place on Saturday 24th September 2022. What is it and how can you get involved?

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What is the Marathon March?

Now in its sixth year, the Marathon March is an annual fundraising event ran by the Palace for Life Foundation. It’s a 26.2 mile walk across south London to raise money for young people in our local community.

It’s not a competitive event, it’s a social one. Participants get the opportunity to walk the marathon at their own pace, talk Palace, meet new friends and cross the line together – all whilst raising money for Palace for Life. You can sign up to take part here

When is the Marathon March?

This year’s Marathon March is taking place on the earlier date of Saturday 24th September 2022. The march will begin at 8.30am

Where is the Marathon March?

The Marathon March will once again start and finish at our home in Selhurst Park, but has brand new route throughout. Walkers will pass through the likes of BOXPARK, Merton Abbey Mills, the All England Lawn Tennis Club (Wimbledon) and Wandsworth and Streatham Common, before finishing with a lap of the pitch, followed by a Palace party at the stadium – starting from 5pm.

*Please note the route may undergo minor changes (based on confirming exact feed venues) so if anyone is using a Garmin or similar, they don’t download the file to the device and use it on the day for wayfinding.

Who can take part the Marathon March?

The Marathon March is open to everybody and anybody. All that we ask is that you pay a registration fee of £25 (£20 for half route, £10 for under 18s) and commit to raising a minimum of £300 each in sponsorship.

Every year, the Marathon March brings together Palace fans and legends to walk together and raise money for Palace for Life.

What’s the route?

You can check out the new route here

How can I prepare for the Marathon March? 

It’s important to get some miles into your legs before the big day to ensure that you’re ready for the 26-miles. This can be done in a variety of ways, including heading out on walks at the weekend (particularly while the weather is good over the summer!), or changing your commute to walk to work.

As you rack up the miles your body will become more accustomed to walking longer distances, and to being on your feet for a long period of time. You will also be training your mind to know that you can do it, which will be invaluable during the difficult moments that invariably come towards the end of the March.

The feedback from last year’s participants showed that those who put in some level of training ahead of the walk found it much easier and this contributed to them enjoying the day much more.

Palace fan, personal trainer & previous Marathon Marcher, Beulah Pickles has put together a comprehensive training programme for us to share with you, so that you’re as prepared as you can be on the 24th September.

What shall I wear?

Another key part of Marathon March training is to better understand the clothing and footwear that will be most comfortable for you on the day. There’s nothing worse than being uncomfortable for the majority of the 26-miles, or suffering from blisters due to having the wrong shoes on.

You can go a long way towards eliminating this risk by getting out and training in different weather conditions ahead of the March. As we all feel comfortable in different clothes, it’s about finding what works best for you.

You will also learn what works best for you when it comes to what to eat & drink and when to do so, before, during and after your walks. You can experiment with different plans to make sure you’re providing your body with the right fuel to complete the March itself.

Don’t forget, you’ll also receive your very own Marathon March 2022 t-shirt to wear on the day, modelled by Sarah and Liam below.

Can I fundraise as a family or group?

Absolutely! It’s a social event, and is not a race so we encourage fundraisers to join together and raise money as a group. If you wish to fundraise as a family or group, we ask you to commit to the following pledges. Please speak to our fundraising team if you would like to take part as group. You can get in touch with them at fundraising@palaceforlife.org

  • Group of four = £600
  • Group of five = £750
  • Group of six = £900
  • Group of 7+ = £1,000

How do I sign up?

You can sign up for this year’s Marathon March by clicking here

What’s in it for me?

You’ll get the chance to complete a personal challenge, talk Palace, make new friends, meet Palace legends and raise money for Palace for Life. You’ll also receive a Marathon March t-shirt and finishers medal, as well as a training programme; created by Palace fan and personal trainer Beulah Pickles.

Do I get any support from Palace for Life for fundraising?

You will receive dedicated fundraising & training support throughout the build-up to the Marathon March. Upon signing up, you will be given a link to set up your online fundraising page alongside a Fundraising Guide to help you personalise and optimise your page. We will also provide you with promotional graphics for you to share on your social media pages, as well as being on hand to offer one-to-one fundraising assistance.

We would love your support in helping to raise money for Palace for Life at this year’s Marathon March. You can sign up by clicking here or if you have any further questions, you can get in touch with the fundraising team at fundraising@palaceforlife.org.

I can’t make the Marathon March but I’d still like to donate. Can I?

Yes! You can donate to the Marathon March wherever you are if you would like to support this year’s Marchers, just head here to donate.

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