September is a great time to register for a charity run or walk, helping the local community find cures and assist those in need. Here are some of our favorite charity runs.

Free to Breathe Tacoma
Saturday, September 8
Dickman Mill Park
2432 Ruston Way
Tacoma, WA 98407

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The 5th annual Free to Breathe Tacoma Lung Cancer 5K Run/Walk event provides an opportunity for lung cancer advocates, survivors and the community to come together to raise awareness and support in the movement to defeat lung cancer. All proceeds will benefit the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s research, education and awareness programs. Register online.

9/11 Heroes Run
Saturday, September 15
Luther Burbank Park
2040 84th Avenue SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Come join the Travis Manion Foundation and run the 5K, Family Run or run/walk the 1.5 Fun Run to honor America’s 9/11 Heroes. The 2012 9/11 Heroes Run is bringing communities together throughout the country and around the world. The goal is to never forget the sacrifices of all of the Heroes of September 11th – veteran, first responder, military, and civilian. Honor the fallen by challenging the living. Register online HERE.

Seattle AIDS Walk
Saturday, September 22
9:00am – 1:00pm
Volunteer Park
1247 15th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98107

Seattle AIDS Walk, is 5K march of support and remembrance through the streets of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The AIDS Walk brings thousands of people together to raise funds and awareness in the local fight against HIV and AIDS. Proceeds benefit Lifelong AIDS Alliance and partnering community service organizations. Register online HERE.

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Swedish Brain Cancer Walk
Saturday, September 22
Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109

The Seattle Brain Cancer Walk is a benefit event that raises funds to support the important work of the Ivy Brain Tumor Center at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute. It also supports other brain cancer initiatives in the Pacific Northwest region. Seattle Brain Cancer Walk has raised over $1.8 million for research, clinical trials and comprehensive care for brain cancer patients in the Pacific Northwest. 100% of the walk proceeds go directly to patient care and research. More details and registration available online.

Do the Puyallup Walk to Beat Breast Cancer
Saturday, September 22
Puyallup Fairgrounds’ Blue Gate
110 9th Ave SW
Puyallup, WA 98371

Help raise funds to create awareness, increase outreach efforts, educate, and help families dealing with breast cancer by participating in the first Do the Puyallup Walk to Beat Breast Cancer. This is a 5K non-competitive Walk that benefits Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. It will celebrate survivors and champion breast cancer awareness. You’ll not only walk for a good cause, but have loads of FUN! Get creative and decorate a bra to wear over your commemorative t-shirt! As you walk, you’ll get a preview of the Puyallup Fair so you can go back and take it all in at a leisurely pace after the walk, since registration includes Fair gate admission. Register online.

Race for a Soldier
Sunday, September 23
YMCA of Tacoma and Pierce County
10550 Harbor Hill Drive
Gig Harbor, WA 98332

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Race for a Soldier includes a Half Marathon, 2 mile run and Kids Fun Run. When you support Race For a Soldier you are making a difference in the lives our brave soldiers and their families through The Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation. Please help us double our efforts in 2012 by supporting Race For a Soldier in preventing suicide and treating PTSD. We can no longer wait to act. Our soldiers are our community – fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, friends, neighbors and they need our help to provide the programs they need to survive when they return home. Register online.