Please join me in supporting Chicago Run. I am so excited about supporting Chicago Run that I will match every single donation provided. I am matching 100% of donations to my $4,000 goal and 50% of donations above that. I am running the Chicago Marathon on October 13 to fundraise for Chicago Run, so please donate now!
Chicago Run is an incredible organization that reaches 18,000 of Chicago's youth through their running programs. These programs provide high quaility, enriching fitness programs for our youth. Most of the participants are Chicago Public School students, 85% of which are low-income. Chicago Run is reaching our kids in their communities, many on the South and West sides where resources are the most limited and poverty is high. The programs provided are free and teach fun ways to stay healthy and well, instill a love of running and provide these children with opportunities for accomplishment in their lives. As a runner, I understand the transformative power of running both for keeping our bodies fit and healthy, but also for the social and emotional support the running community provides.
Introducing our youth to running in a fun, coached environment can be life changing.
Many of the participants live in Chicago neighborhoods where crime is high and families are struggling. Parents often keep their children inside to keep them safe, and encouraging kids to be active can be low on the list of priorities when dealing with the challenges that poverty and crime throw at these families. Chicago Run reaches our youth and brings them support and coaching to ehance their well being through running.