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Kathleen Hough's Fundraiser:

2017 GOTR Chicago Marathon

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BENEFITING: Girls on the Run - Chicago

ORGANIZER: Girls on the Run - Chicago

EVENT: 2017 GOTR Chicago Marathon

EVENT DATE: Oct 08, 2017

Kathleen Hough

THE STORY:

My relationship with running began about 8 years ago, when I showed up to St. Teresa's Academy's cross country tryouts. I was a junior in high school and had never run more than a mile in my entire life, but I needed to run 3 of them in less than 28 minutes to make the team. The coach, Ms. Moran, told me to "stick with Kelly" (she was a seasoned XC vet) and I would make the time cut-off, so I pulled on my tennis shoes and started running my little heart out, trying to keep up with Kelly as she breezed down the Brookside Trolley Trail. 

That time trial was one of the most challenging things I've ever done--not only physically, but even more so mentally and emotionally. When your legs aren't moving and lungs aren't breathing, it's easy for your mind to shut down, too. But when the negative thoughts crept into my brain, there was Kelly, to push them away. As she ran alongside me (okay fine she was a little in front of me), Kelly showed me how to control my breathing from huffing & puffing to inhales & exhales, talked me through each mile as they came and went, and encouraged me to keep pushing to the end. I'll never forget the feeling of crossing the finish line of that time trial--relief, pain, happiness, pride, but perhaps most importantly, comradery (I also definitely puked in a trashcan). I soon found out that I had made the time cutoff, which meant I was on the XC squad. I also found out that Kelly was a varsity runner (lol), so we had finished with more than 5 minutes to spare. I couldn't believe it. I was ecstatic. I officially loved running (and I was also officially crazy). I graciously accepted my new spot on the team and never looked back. 

I think I learned more in that season of cross country than I might learn in my next lifetime. Through running, I've discovered the power of passion and perseverance. I have gained friendships, developed grit, and embraced challenge. I've learned sacrifice & discipline, how to set goals and ensure that I attain them. I've developed a pasta addiction. But most importantly, I've learned the importance of believing in yourself and supporting others. My only regret is that I didn't have running and the physical/emotional strength that came with it a little bit sooner!

That's why I decided to completely lose my marbles and get back out there this October to run a quick 26.2 miles in the Chicago Marathon. I'm not just doing this for me -- this one's for all the girls! Please join me in my run for the Girls on the Run (GOTR) foundation**, whether it's through monetary donation, thoughts, prayers, foot massages, etc. My goal is to raise over $1,500 to support this amazing organization that has brought running into the lives of little girls from Chicago to Kansas City to South Bend - and many, many more! 

Every person who donates to my cause gets to choose a song for me to listen to as I bop around the streets of Chicago on October 8th, so please be sure to comment your song request when you make your donation below!

Thank you in advance for your love and support during this exciting roller coaster of a journey. 26.2 here we come!

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**Why Girls on the Run? Well, I'm a girl and I'm gonna be on the run for the next 4 months so this charity just seemed fitting for me. Just kidding - there's more.

Girls on the Run is an afterschool program for girls in 3rd-8th grade 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 among participants. Can you imagine if I would had access to this stuff when I was a kid? I would have been running the marathon at age 16 instead of doggin' it through my 3-mile time trial. 

What's even cooler about GOTR is that more than 85% of girls taking part in the program receive some sort of financial assistance to participate. All funds raised by the Girls on the Run SoleMates Team (that's me!)  go to underwrite program scholarships so that any girl can participate in this life-changing programing, regardless of her family's ability to pay the program fee. That's awesome. Let's get more gals out there!

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To This Fundraiser

$2,270

MONEY RAISED
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  • Mary Frailey

     

  • Chelsie Luchini

    $25

  • MK

     

  • Karen Moran Redlich and David Redlich

    $50

  • Googy

     

  • Zaq

    $50

  • Amanda your roommate Sykes

    $100

  • Jana

     

  • Addie Thompson

    $25

  • Huber

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Madison Myers

    $25

  • Liam Madden

    $25

  • Thomas S

    $25

  • Jennefer Sosa

    $50

  • Ben Wellmann

    $25

  • Sarah Doyle

     

  • Danielsan

    $50

  • Lauren

     

  • Molly

     

  • Brian Falkenberg

     

  • Brian Falkenberg

    $25

  • Brian Falkenberg

     

  • Jade Voth

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Pat Conrog

     

  • Cameron Bryan

     

  • Tommy Nelson

    $25

  • Liza Eilers

     

  • A Friend

    $400

  • Meri Kelly

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Michelle Kilbane

    $50

  • FTDS CFO

    $100

  • James and Joanne Lampe

    $100

  • Andrew Jacobs

    $50

  • Joe Beef

    $25

  • The Kelly Girls

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Keith Cartwright

    $25

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151% Raised of $1,500 Goal

The Team: $342,748 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Elizabeth Ladewig

Amount Raised

$4,464

 

105% Raised of $4,239 Goal

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Robert Howland

Amount Raised

$3,000

 

200% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kaitlyn Hebig

Amount Raised

$2,950

 

98% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Amy Farrell

Amount Raised

$2,885

 

192% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Nicole Driscoll

Amount Raised

$2,320

 

155% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Wanda Laszcz

Amount Raised

$2,275

 

152% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kathleen Hough

Amount Raised

$2,270

 

151% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Katie Ferris

Amount Raised

$2,196

 

146% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Keith Cartwright

Keith Cartwright

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $250

1 year ago

The Kelly Girls

The Kelly Girls

DONATION: $100

Kathleen - may the wind be at your back - go Irish ! 1 year ago

Joe Beef

Joe Beef

DONATION: $25

Miley Cyrus 1 year ago

Andrew Jacobs

Andrew Jacobs

DONATION: $50

Proud of you Kathleen!! Hope to see you as you breeze through the west loop 1 year ago

James and Joanne Lampe

James and Joanne Lampe

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

FTDS CFO

FTDS CFO

DONATION: $100

Juicy Wiggle - Ryan's favorite song! 1 year ago

Michelle Kilbane

Michelle Kilbane

DONATION: $50

You're almost at the finish line!! I'm so impressed with your perseverance and commitment to training despite our crazy travel schedules and late night power point sessions :) Proud of you, girl!! 1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

Go Kathleen! Go girls! 1 year ago

Meri Kelly

Meri Kelly

Im so proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 year ago