BENEFITING: Girls on the Run - Chicago
ORGANIZER: Girls on the Run - Chicago
EVENT DATE: Oct 12, 2014
I fell in love with running when I commited to my first 5K. I think my addiction lies in setting, striving for, and reaching goals. I remember the first time I ran 1, 2, or more miles straight and how excited I was afterwards!
After 5Ks became child's play, I decided to run a half marathon. During my training I'd close my eyes and visualize the finish line, getting a medal, sipping Starbucks afterwards, anything to get my feet through a few more miles. Accomplishment feels so great
In the end, though, what got me through 13.1 wasn't the promise of cake or knowing that finishing meant getting to sit down. I got through it by dedicating miles to my loved ones and running for them, not me.
It only makes sense that I run my first 26.2 for someone else, too.
As I train for my first full marathon, I've set an even bigger goal. I'm going to raise $1000 for Girls On The Run and run the Chicago Marathon as a SoleMate. This marathon will be less about me and my time splits and more about the girls GOTR sponsors.
"Girls on the Run is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to inspire girls to be healthy and confident. Using a fun, experience-based after-school curriculum which creatively integrates running, the innovative program combines training for a 5k event with interactive lessons that encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development."
What I love about Girls On The Run is that through running, they teach girls that they can accomplish anything that they set their minds to. This is for sure one of the most important things I've learned from running-I've applied the confidence running has given me to applying for college, setting goals for grades and jobs, and more.
Every donation has a huge impact!
$5 will cover the cost of one girl's healthy snacks for a season
$47 covers the cost of the average program scholarship
$141 covers the cost for one girl to participate in GOTRC for one season