August 31, 2017
BENEFITING: Girls on the Run - Chicago
ORGANIZER: Girls on the Run - Chicago
EVENT: 2017 GOTR Chicago Marathon
EVENT DATE: Oct 08, 2017
"I thought about how many preconceived prejudices would crumble when I trotted right along for 26 miles." - Bobbi Gibb
This past April, I was fortunate enough to check off a long time goal of mine - the Boston Marathon. On my way to pick up my bib number, I ran into Bobbi Gibb! For those of you who do not know who she is, Bobbi Gibb is the first woman to ever run the Boston Marathon (albeit unofficially) before Katherine Switzer did a year later under an official number. I have read about this woman many times, but it was something else to see her in person and grasp what she has done for women in running. She had hid in the bushes in Hopkinton over 50 years ago in her brother’s bermuda shorts, a blue sweatshirt and a pair of borrowed shoes (women’s running shoes were not available at the time) and took on the marathon – a distance, that for women, would not be sanctioned by the Amateur Athletic Union for another 6 years. It was believed that women were not physiologically capable of running such a distance. It’s because of women like her and Katherine Switzer that have allowed little girls and women like me to be able to toe the starting line of any race beside our male counterparts. And it is in that spirit that I will be running the Chicago Marathon on behalf of Girls on the Run.
Girls on the Run is an afterschool program for girls ages 8-14 that uses the power of running to inspire girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The program combines training for a non-competitive 5k running event with interactive lessons that encourage positive social-emotional and physical development. All funds that my teammates and I raise will go to underwrite program scholarships so that any girl can participate in the program, regardless of her family’s ability to pay to the program fee. I wish this organization was around when I was little, but I’m glad it’s here now for other little girls. Please help me raise as much money as possible to keep up GOTR’s mission. Here’s to women breaking barriers and the finish line tape!