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Team Girls on the Run: Bank of America Chicago Marathon

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BENEFITING: Girls on the Run - Chicago

ORGANIZER: Girls on the Run - Chicago

EVENT: GOTR CHICAGO MARATHON 2015

EVENT DATE: Oct 11, 2015

Kristi Elwart

THE STORY:

#TBT Chicago Marathon….Here I go again!  In 2006, I ran my first marathon in Chicago.  Nolan was an infant and the training served as a great focus away from the craziness of a baby and two toddlers. I trained solo and became bff's with my treadmill.  My best friend, Kaye Anne was meeting me in Chicago, so she served as my “virtual” training partner in Indiana.  Chicago was the perfect place to run my first marathon.  What an awesome city, the never ending crowds, and the course is flat as a pancake!  We loved it so much, we went back in 2007 for what we still refer to as Hot Chicago.  It was almost 90 degrees at the start…how is that possible in October in Chicago?  We were lucky to finish and I can remember that day like it was yesterday.  It continues to serve as a motivation for me to accept things when they don’t go as planned.  All I need to say to my kids is “Hot Chicago” and they know that means don’t quit and stay positive.  Needless to say, Chicago (and Boston:-) top my list of favorite places to run 26.2.  Fast forward, Nolan is about to turn 10 next week and I no longer need to train on a treadmill, thank goodness!  I have two supportive and amazing training partners, Beth and Jody who are joining me in the journey this time.  Kaye Anne….we now live in the same city and I will catch up with her on my speedy days and join her in Chicago!

Beth and Jody are motivating me during HOT-lanta training runs, but so is the fact that I’ve chosen to support Girls on The Run Chicago.  I want this trip to Chicago on October 11th to be different.  I want to give back to an organization that I have personally been involved with.  I had the opportunity with Emma-Kate to coach 3 seasons of Girls on the Run (GOTR) and it is a program I wish all 3rd through 5th grade girls could experience.  Of course I shared my "HOT Chicago" story with the girls as we discussed setting goals, pacing, and staying positive in a negative situation!   

GOTR instills self-confidence, positivity, and healthy habits for girls to carry into their future.  I chose to run for this organization because I firmly believe it is so important to instill these values in girls at an early age.  I’ve included some photos above of my coaching days and the amazing girls.

I strongly believe that every girl should have the opportunity to grow up strong, healthy and confident, which is why it is a GOTR promise to never turn away a girl from their program because of her inability to pay the program fee.

  • Approximately 85% of girls request and receive financial assistance to participate.

Thank you for supporting me!  I am looking forward to running for the GOTR team on a beautiful October 11th morning.  There can only be one HOT Chicago, right? 

On behalf of more than 1 million girls who have participated in GOTR throughout North America to-date and the 10,000 Girls on the Run-Chicago hopes to serve this year, THANK YOU!!

Girls on the Run, it is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) life-changing, after-school program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. Simply put, Girls on the Run transforms the way girls see themselves and their opportunities. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment, while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. The mission is achieved by volunteer coaches who meet with the girls as a team twice per week for 12 weeks as they complete the curriculum which creatively integrates running, goal-setting and training for a non-competitive 5k running event with interactive lessons that encourage positive social-emotional and physical development among participants.

Every donation has a huge impact!

  • $10 will cover the cost of one girl's healthy snacks for a season
  • $25 will cover the cost of 150 bananas for the 5k finish line
  • $44 will cover the cost of 50 tiaras for the girls to decorate at the activities tent at the 5k
  • $152 will cover the cost of one girl to participate in the program for one season
  • $260 will cover the cost of water bottles for 400 girls
  • $335 will cover the cost of program t-shirts for 85 girls
  • $525 will cover the cost of all curriculum materials and supplies for 6 teams
  • $796 will cover the cost of training 20 new coaches
  • $988 will cover the cost of finisher medals for 650 girls
  • $1,500 will cover the cost of healthy snacks for 15 teams of 15 girls
  • $2,283 will cover the cost to implement the program at one new low-income site

 

 

 

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To This Fundraiser

$2,419

MONEY RAISED
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  • The Halpaus Family - Go Kristi!!!

    $25

  • The Gaudion Family

     

  • Kristen Foster

    $50

  • Barbara & Kerry Homberger

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • The Cooper Family

     

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Jennifer Giroux

    $25

  • Leslie Wheeler

    $35

  • Starosciak Girls

    $50

  • Jim and Ellen Horan

    $44

  • You go, Girl! Love, The Ruffs

    $100

  • OmahaSparty

    $100

  • Dr. Dana

    $25

  • Matt, Katie, Molly & Teddy - We love you!

    $25

  • Mike and Ellyn Elwart

    $100

  • Beaupre Sparty in Chi-town

    $200

  • Pearson crew

    $50

  • The Guthrie Family

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • The Bissell Family

    $25

  • the williams

    $200

  • The Alan Davis Family

    $50

  • The Coleman Family

    $25

  • Bakshani Family

    $50

  • The Roach Family

     

  • The Britt Family

    $20

  • The Arani Family

    $50

  • Jim and Jacquie Lager

    $50

  • The Asbury family!

    $100

  • Rosenthal Family

     

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121% Raised of$2,000 Goal

The Team: $353,618 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Alice Temple

Amount Raised

$5,343

 

107% Raised of$5,000 Goal

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Dana Levitan

Amount Raised

$5,252

 

263% Raised of$2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Karrah Wood

Amount Raised

$3,026

 

303% Raised of$1,000 Goal

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Natalie Hill

Amount Raised

$2,822

 

141% Raised of$2,000 Goal

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Scott Cresto

Amount Raised

$2,602

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Peter Baranay

Amount Raised

$2,500

Fundraiser Title

Melissa Baranay

Amount Raised

$2,500

Fundraiser Title

Kristi Elwart

Amount Raised

$2,419

 

121% Raised of$2,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Rosenthal Family

Rosenthal Family

GO Kristi!!! 5 years ago

The Asbury family!

The Asbury family!

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Jim and Jacquie Lager

Jim and Jacquie Lager

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

The Arani Family

The Arani Family

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

The Britt Family

The Britt Family

DONATION: $20

Go Kristi! You are such an inspiration to so many. Proud of you! 5 years ago

The Roach Family

The Roach Family

5 years ago

Bakshani Family

Bakshani Family

DONATION: $50

Way to go Kristi! We are so proud of you and love Girls on The Run! Good luck, you are going to rock Chicago! 5 years ago

The Coleman Family

The Coleman Family

DONATION: $25

So inspiring Kristi! 5 years ago

The Alan Davis Family

The Alan Davis Family

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

the williams

the williams

DONATION: $200

5 years ago