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CHICAGO YOUTH CENTERS 2016 MARATHON RACE TEAM

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BENEFITING: Chicago Youth Centers

ORGANIZER: Chicago Youth Centers

EVENT: 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

EVENT DATE: Oct 09, 2016

Ryan Yepsen

THE STORY:

The year is 2009 and I am working at the Chicago Youth Centers' (CYC) Camp Rosenthal. I spend my Fall, Winter, and Spring recruiting kids from all over the South and West sides of Chicago to journey off into the woodlands of Western Michigan. I spend the summer with them at a camp who has been serving the children of Chicago's inner-city since 1960. 

In my two years working at CYC, I was lucky enough to witness firsthand all of the good that they do. From their neighborhood-based centers to their summer camp far from home, from their early-childhood development classes to their teen leadership programs, and much, much more, CYC is making a real and powerful difference in communities across Chicago and in the lives of the thousands of young people who benefit from their work. 

Fast-forward to 2016 and I live in Detroit with my wife and newborn baby. After dedicating myself to fitness and losing a bunch of weight a few years back, I had pushed hard into the world of triathlon and running races. I even coach an amazing group of beginner triathletes

As part of a long and boring plan of stepping up my fitness, my plan had always been to tackle a marathon in 2016---specifically, the Chicago Marathon. Though we now life in Detroit, and love it, Chicago is still home sweet home at heart, so that was the goal. However, when I found out the Luke (our newborn) was coming along, I decided I'd shelve that goal for a year. 

Then one day, out of the blue, one of my favorite old co-workers from back in my CYC days contacted me on Facebook and offered me a guaranteed spot in the race! In case you were unaware, in order to run the Chicago Marathon you have to either qualify---which I wouldn't---or be selected in a lottery... or run for a partnering organization.

This seemed too good to be true. Though I did struggle with the decision, I have an incredibly supportive wife who encouraged me to not miss the opportunity to take my goal head-on. And here we are. 

The Chicago Youth Centers gives so much to so many throughout Chicago. Now it is time that I gave back. And I would love your support. Please, take a minute to click on that giant red button and make a donation. Not only will you be supporting me in this daunting task of running my first ever marathon, you will be supporting a worthy organization, and, most importantly, you will be supporting children through the city of Chicago. 

Thank you! 

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To This Fundraiser

$1,472

MONEY RAISED
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  • Amanda Valentine

    $25

  • Ryan Yepsen

    $50

  • Amy Sacka

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Jameson O'Guinn

    $50

  • Ninous Chalabi

    $25

  • Ashley Vasquez

    $25

  • Ronda Hall

    $50

  • James M Powers II

    $75

  • Mike Williams

    $50

  • Aaron Leese

    $52.40

  • Kyle Pets Horses, Ryan Does Not

    $50

  • Brian Wallheimer

    $25

  • Morris Family

    $100

  • Mike Lemons

    $50

  • Ruby Yepsen

    $200

  • James Maule

    $50

  • Anji Barto

     

  • Michael & Suzanne Halbrook

     

  • Nick Cummings

    $100

  • Hilary Fox

     

  • Ryan Yepsen

    $200

  • Bridget

     

  • Honest ? John's

    $100

  • Beat Geo

    $10

  • Meghan Wazoua

    $25

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123% Raised of $1,200 Goal

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The Team: $12,252 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Ryan Yepsen

Amount Raised

$1,472

 

123% Raised of $1,200 Goal

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Jaron Austin

Amount Raised

$1,224

 

122% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Luc Renaud

Amount Raised

$1,200

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Stephanie Ibarra

Amount Raised

$1,165

 

117% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Tyler Lang

Amount Raised

$1,090

 

109% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Alex Dober

Amount Raised

$1,075

 

108% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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magill jacqueline

Amount Raised

$1,025

 

103% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Vince Byrne

Amount Raised

$1,000

 

100% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Meghan Wazoua

Meghan Wazoua

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Beat Geo

Beat Geo

DONATION: $10

With love. 2 years ago

Honest ? John's

Honest ? John's

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Bridget

Bridget

2 years ago

Ryan Yepsen

Ryan Yepsen

DONATION: $200

2 years ago

Hilary Fox

Hilary Fox

2 years ago

Nick Cummings

Nick Cummings

DONATION: $100

Proud of the efforts you have put in to become healthier. I look forward to seeing you guys sometime soonish! 2 years ago

Michael & Suzanne Halbrook

Michael & Suzanne Halbrook

2 years ago

Anji Barto

Anji Barto

GO GET EM. 2 years ago

James Maule

James Maule

DONATION: $50

Win it mate! 2 years ago