In seven weeks (on October 8), I’m running the Bemidji Marathon in order to raise money for Road Scholars. For those of you unfamiliar with this organization, the mission of Road Scholars is to build confidence and self-esteem in at-risk Chicago high school students. The organization is run by a network of volunteers (supported by the Chicago Area Runners Association staff) who provide mentorship to students through running. Many of these kids come from the worst parts of Chicago and Road Scholars provides them with positive adult role models. These role models/mentors facilitate a training program every year and ultimately the students complete the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon in Chicago. As a result, these kids learn how to set goals, build self-confidence, and live a healthy lifestyle.
Road Scholars serves roughly 250 kids each year and your help will go toward providing running shoes/clothes, transportation, and half-marathon race entry fees for kids in the program. It’s a great organization and I appreciate any help you’re able to provide.