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Bank of America Chicago Marathon Team

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BENEFITING: Common Threads

ORGANIZER: Common Threads

EVENT: 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

EVENT DATE: Oct 12, 2014

Natalie Trociuk

THE STORY:

Hi All :),

Welcome to my fundraising page for the 2014 Chicago Marathon! While I have ran many races before, I have never raised money for a charity in the past. I am so excited to announce that for the 2014 Chicago Marathon I am raising funds for Common Threads, a nonprofit organization that teaches children about nutrition and physical well being through healthy cooking. 

For me, my interest in nutritious cooking has come not from Common Threads but from running itself. For those of you who knew me back in high school, you know I was not what you would call a stellar gym student let alone an athlete of any kind. This all changed for me during Spring Break of my sophomore year in college. I still can't quite pinpoint what possessed me to go for a "jog" while on Spring Break, but I can tell you this - I ran for 10 minutes before slowing down to a walk and I felt GREAT. I ran every day that week and continued when I returned to college. About one month later I ran my first race - the Chicago Lake Front 10 Miler – I crossed the finish line and I was hooked. 

Running has had such a profound impact on my life. It has made me healthier, happier, stronger, more disciplined, and more confident. I have formed many friendships because of running that I otherwise would not have made. Running has also allowed me to travel to some pretty cool places, including Cincinnati, Dallas, San Francisco, and Lake Tahoe. 5 years after running the Chicago Lake Front 10 Miler, I am thrilled to return to the city that introduced me to the concept of “runners high”, this time with my sister by my side.

It is because of running that I began to explore nutritious cooking. I began feeling so strong and healthy as a result of my new passion that I wanted to feel even better. I had not been cutting back on the happy hours for very long when it was apparent to me how much better I felt when I cooked a healthy meal at home. I am so excited to do what I love (train for and run a marathon), while raising money for a charity that helps children come to a life changing realization - cooking nutritious meals is a huge component to living a healthy, happy lifestyle; a lifestyle that we all deserve.

Of course, every donation, no matter the amount, makes a difference and is so greatly appreciated.

Thank you!!

- Natalie

Love - Run - Hope

Picture 1: This is me at the finish line of the LA Marathon (March 2013). This was the first full marathon that I ran in its entirety. The runner’s high I felt from this race has still not died. I will remember the feeling of crossing that finish line for forever.

Picture 2: This is me at the end of my first race ever – the Chicago Lake Front 10-miler (April 2009)! When I crossed the finish line a volunteer cut the timer tab off your shoe. My legs were shaking and I was crying. The poor volunteer exclaimed “Oh my gosh, are you okay?! What is hurt??” I said, “I’m just so proud”. (PS I can’t believe I ran in that outfit!! J)

Picture 3: My first ½ Marathon – the Chicago Rock-n-Roll ½ Marathon (August 2009)! I will always remember the announcer at the beginning of the race. He said – “Remember, you are not running a half full marathon, you are running a full half marathon.”

Picture 4: My first full marathon, the OC Marathon (May 2011). I honestly think I walked about 8-10 miles of this race, but that didn’t matter – I was a marathon finisher.

Picture 5: The Disney Princess Half Marathon (March 2010) was most definitely the most fun race I have ever done. If my memory serves me correctly, I took 57 pictures DURING the race. Time schmime.

Picture 6: Me & Larissa about to start the Seattle Rock-n-Roll 1/2 Marathon (June 2012). Sister's share things that they love with each other - clothes, make-up, a bedroom, memories, etc. Sharing running with my sister is high on my list of favorite things to share. For someone who said she would never run a half marathon, it sure was hard to keep up with her in Seattle. I hope I can keep up in October so I can share the experience of a marathon with my sister.

Picture 7: If you ever have the chance to run over the golden gate bridge, do it (San Francisco Marathon – July 2009)! The structure is humbling, the views are breathtaking, and it’s a nice break from all the hills in San Francisco!

Picture 8: This picture is me and my sister-in-law running the Dallas Rock-n-Roll half marathon (March 2010). Kate and I had so much fun at Katy Trail Ice House after the race. (After this race, I will always run long distances in sunglasses, when it is sunny outside.)

Picture 9: This is me in Boulder, Colorado. While I’m not running a race in this picture, I love this picture because it’s a great example of what running has given me. Running has allowed me to see some of the prettiest sights I’ve seen and this is a great example of that. I will never get tired of this view.

Picture 10: Me and Andrew after the Big Sur Half Marathon (November 2013). I absolutely love sharing my passion for running with others. It meant so much to me to run Andrew's first half marathon, by his side. A couple that runs together ... stays healthy together :)

Picture 11: I really do run because of how it makes me feel. However, I would be lying if I said a small part of me didn’t run races for the medals :)

Picture 12: Common Threads wrote - The mission of Common Threads is to educate children on the importance of nutrition and physical well being, and to foster an appreciation of cultural diversity through the power of cooking. Running programs in 6 major cities in the US and growing, Common Threads is making a major impact on childhood obesity.

 

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To This Fundraiser

$1,061

MONEY RAISED
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  • Craig Takahashi

    $60

  • Matt

    $25

  • Andrew Hanson

    $60

  • Bryce Horner

    $16

  • Anonymous

    $300

  • Diana Hanson

    $30

  • Vin

    $50

  • Jack Trociuk

    $25

  • Scott

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $75

  • Mike and Irene Trociuk

    $75

  • Kathryn

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Natalie and Chris Bergman

    $50

  • Christina

    $20

  • Baby Tro

    $25

  • Sierra

    $10

  • Heather Cluff

    $50

  • Julie

    $20

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106% Raised of$1,000 Goal

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The Team: $9,489 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Mary Ann Hagemann

Amount Raised

$1,406

 

141% Raised of$1,000 Goal

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Larissa Trociuk

Amount Raised

$1,210

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Brian Yabes

Amount Raised

$1,200

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Leann Duggan

Amount Raised

$1,105

 

111% Raised of$1,000 Goal

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Laura Violante

Amount Raised

$1,087

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Natalie Trociuk

Amount Raised

$1,061

 

106% Raised of$1,000 Goal

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Chris Haberkorn

Amount Raised

$795

 

80% Raised of$1,000 Goal

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Christopher Madziar

Amount Raised

$645

Donor Comments

Julie

Julie

DONATION: $20

5 years ago

Heather Cluff

Heather Cluff

DONATION: $50

So proud of you Nat! Run like the the wind! 5 years ago

Sierra

Sierra

DONATION: $10

Go Natalie Go! 5 years ago

Baby Tro

Baby Tro

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Christina

Christina

DONATION: $20

5 years ago

Natalie and Chris Bergman

Natalie and Chris Bergman

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

run, walk, or crawl... I'm still proud of you 5 years ago

Kathryn

Kathryn

DONATION: $50

Good luck, lady! I love you! 5 years ago

Mike and Irene Trociuk

Mike and Irene Trociuk

DONATION: $75

5 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $75

don't forget to tie your shoelaces! and then run fast and make us proud... 5 years ago