BENEFITING: Girls on the Run - Chicago
ORGANIZER: Girls on the Run - Chicago
EVENT: GOTR Chicago Marathon 2016
EVENT DATE: Oct 09, 2016
Though the end of summer is always an adjustment, fall always excites me. Fall is marathon season! On October 9th I will be running my 5th marathon. This year, I chose to run with Girls on the Run. Girls on the Run is an incredible non-profit organization that uses a developed curriculum to “teach life skills through fun, engaging lessons that celebrate the joy of movement.” The curriculum is taught in three parts, focusing on “understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.” The organization has local councils nationwide to bring their curriculum to as many 3rd through 8th graders as possible.
Check out their website to learn more: https://www.girlsontherun.org
Running has been a large part of my life for the past 11 years. I started running as a scared, nervous high schooler in the fall of my freshman year. I showed up to my first cross country practice in jeans shorts without a clue of what was in store. Since then, running has shaped the person that I am. While I love the movement and excise running brings to my life, it is the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects I value most. Running has brought me through countless pivotal times in my life. I have run through first days of school and job changes. I have run through city moves and graduations. I have run through first dates and break-ups. I have run through IL, WI, Thailand, Chile, and anywhere traveled in between. I have run through the passing of family and a close friend. My most elated times are celebrated with a run and my darkest times are worked through with a run. Running has taught me to be patient. It has taught me about my limitless potential. It encourages me to do and be more for this world. It pushes me past comfort zones and develops my spirit, mind, body, and soul.
I value the Girls on the Run organization for giving countless youth and adolescents access into this beautiful world of running. I also value the organization for pairing the physical act of movement with an empowered curriculum that teaches each member their value and worth in this world.
Running may not be for everyone, but the Girls on the Run message is:
WE BELIEVE THAT EVERY GIRL
CAN EMBRACE WHO SHE IS,
CAN DEFINE WHO SHE WANTS TO BE,
CAN RISE TO ANY CHALLENGE,
CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.
On October 9th, I will be running the Chicago marathon in support of Girls on the Run. While I am fundraising for the organization, I am also asking you to take a look at a beautiful program and to spread the word!
Love to all,