BENEFITING: Girls on the Run - Chicago
ORGANIZER: Girls on the Run - Chicago
EVENT: GOTR CHICAGO MARATHON 2015
EVENT DATE: Oct 11, 2015
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!