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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

Natalie Hill

THE STORY:

I hated running most of my life.  Until I didn't.  I've also struggled with anxiety and depression issues most of my life but always had them under control.  Until I didn't.  Around 2010 these two facts of my life collided and made me into a completely different person. I suddenly couldn't control something I had kept in check like a pro for so long and it was terrifying. I was willing to try anything. Even running.  I would just lace up and run along Lake Michigan until I got tired. Then turn around and run home. I never knew how far or how fast I was going and that didn't matter.  I felt in control and calm and my brain would turn off for a rare period of time.  Then, much to my surprise, I started to enjoy these runs. Looked forward to them even.

It took me over a year to sign up for my first race once I started running. Race logistics, crowds etc. = major anxiety. Forget it. But I was determined to conquer my fear and see if that "runner's high" thing really existed.  It does. I still remember trying to chase down a girl in a Packers jersey for the last half of my first 15K. In 2012 I moved to one of the fittest and biggest running cities in the country so running quickly became a way of life for me. I learned to run as part of a group and moved on from the idea that running was only a stress reliever or "me time." I have the most amazing running buddies who have made it more fun than I ever thought it could be and constantly challenged me to do better. But I love coming back to just me and the road and thinking about how far I have come as I prepare for my very first marathon.  I always knew if I ever ran a marathon it had be Chicago because that will always be home. I can't wait to run those streets again and hopefully see some of you cheering along the course.

So that was a really long story about what running did for me. Congrats for getting through it. I "found running" a bit later in my life but there are so many young girls out there who need this empowerment now. I hope by raising money for Girls on the Run I can help ensure every girl who needs this outlet or safety net will be taught she is capable.  She has it in her.  She is strong.  I have pledged to raise $2,000 for GOTR-Chicago and hope you will help me reach that goal!  Every little bit counts!

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.

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

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

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!

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To This Fundraiser

$2,822

MONEY RAISED
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  • Jackie Brazzil

    $50

  • Aunt Ellen

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Aunt Donna

    $100

  • Sarah

    $30

  • Mom

    $50

  • Lisa Hill

    $100

  • Natalie Hill

    $50

  • Kelly Curtin

    $20

  • Patty & Bruce

    $100

  • Yia Yia

    $25

  • Pangela

    $88

  • Flea

    $100

  • Cathy Marose

    $75

  • Kristin

    $25

  • Erica S. Khalili

     

  • Jilly

    $30

  • Sara B

    $40

  • Liz

    $25

  • Kristina

    $50

  • Brie

    $75

  • Liz Borges

    $25

  • Angel Alzona

    $30

  • The Jiggins

    $50

  • Amy

    $20

  • Rebecca

    $50

  • Bob & Diane

    $100

  • Jennifer Dixon

    $50

  • Liz Peterman

    $50

  • Uncle Bob

    $100

  • HILL FAMILY REUNION 2015

    $100

  • Aunt Berni

    $100

  • The Hunt Family

    $25

  • Michelle and Jim

    $50

  • Saadan family

    $30

  • Elizabeth Lawrence

    $50

  • Christine B

    $25

  • Shannon Wenzel

     

  • Marisa Alessandrini

    $40

  • Jim Calzaretta

    $100

  • Krissy

    $25

  • Erinn Stott

    $50

  • Grayson

    $25

  • Magda Cooley

    $40

  • Jennine

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Denise & Kevin Lopez

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Melissa Ledesma-Leese

     

  • Jessica Mason

    $20

  • Kim Crawford

    $20

  • Dan & Dale

    $30

  • Amanda Dryer

    $44

  • Anonymous

     

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141% 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

Fundraiser Title

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

Fundraiser Title

Natalie Hill

Amount Raised

$2,822

 

141% Raised of$2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Scott Cresto

Amount Raised

$2,602

Fundraiser Title

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

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

Yay Nat! 5 years ago

Amanda Dryer

Amanda Dryer

DONATION: $44

Go Natalie!! 5 years ago

Dan & Dale

Dan & Dale

DONATION: $30

5 years ago

Kim Crawford

Kim Crawford

DONATION: $20

5 years ago

Jessica Mason

Jessica Mason

DONATION: $20

5 years ago

Melissa Ledesma-Leese

Melissa Ledesma-Leese

5 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $10

5 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $20

5 years ago

Denise & Kevin Lopez

Denise & Kevin Lopez

DONATION: $100

5 years ago