BENEFITING: MARLEYS MUTTS DOG RESCUE
ORGANIZER: MARLEYS MUTTS DOG RESCUE
EVENT: 2015 Chicago Marathon
EVENT DATE: Oct 11, 2015
This will be my THIRD running of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon to benefit Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue.
I have been involved with MMDR for almost 4 years, in a variety of capacities, and it has truly been one of the best experiences of my life. When I first arrived in Tehachapi, I was not able to work due to restrictions on my visa. I was depressed and felt pretty worthless, and sitting at home all day with my thoughts was not helping. Zach asked whether I wanted to help him out at the rescue, and the simple act of giving me a purpose and reason to get out of bed in the morning was a lifesaver.
2 years ago, me and Zach ran Chicago on a whim...the race was the day after his 4th Sober Birthday and it seemed to be a great way to celebrate his sobriety and life.
Last year, we applied and were accepted into the Chicago Marathon Charity Program, and were awarded 5 Guaranteed entries, and Fionna joined in via the lottery entry. Our team raised a whopping $70,000 towards the Marley's Mutts Rescue Ranch!
This year, we have 11 Guaranteed entries, and an additional handful of folks who got in via the lottery, myself included. So, for the third year in a row, I'm running for the Mutts!