1 girl and a lot of bananas!
May 26, 2016
BENEFITING: Girls on the Run - Chicago
ORGANIZER: Girls on the Run - Chicago
EVENT: GOTR Chicago Marathon 2016
EVENT DATE: Oct 09, 2016
I've always been athletic but I never enjoyed running outside. I never thought I was good at it and I never pushed myself enough to try harder because I always told myself 'I can't'. About 8 months ago I changed jobs which allowed me to work in the city (downtown), meet some amazing, inspirational women and gain confidence in my athletic abilities.
It was at that time that I started running outside and I quickly fell in love with the sport. At first it was difficult, but I enjoyed the challenge. I even made a New Year's resolution to 'Run 15 miles per week, in prepartion for a marathon someday.'
When Girls on the Run sent me an email asking me to run the Chicago Marathon on their behalf, I was excited, nervous and scared. I went back to that 'I can't' mentality, unsure if this feat is something I actually could take on. But, was this my 'someday?'
Over the next week , I contemplated my options and realized that my running the Chicago Marathon would not only give me the confidence in myself and my abilities, I would be raising money and running for all of the girls who think they can't. I would be allowing the girl who 'can't' participate in GOTR due to financial hardship to be able to participate. The money I raise will help so many young girls realize they CAN through their participation in Girls on the Run.
I am so excited and honored to be running my FIRST marathon for such a wonderful cause.
Please click here to learn more about Girls on the Run: https://youtu.be/0GPxD-fv-J0
A powerful message from Girls on the Run which I will carry with my throughout my training:
"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.
YES, YOU CAN!
Thank you so much for your support and donation!
Some tidbits about Girls on the Run - Chicago
Did you know that more than 75% of Girls on the Run participants request scholarship funding to be able to participate in our program?
Did you know that all funds raised by the SoleMates team go to underwrite these scholarship funds?
$2,547: Covers the cost to implement the program at one new low-income site
$1,500: Covers the cost of healthy snacks for 15 teams of 15 girls
$938: Covers the cost of finisher medals for 700 girls
$761: Covers the cost of training 10 new coaches
$485: Covers the cost of all curriculum materials and supplies for 8 teams
$330: Covers the cost of program t-shirts for 85 girls
$255: Covers the cost of water bottles for 300 girls
$141: Covers the cost for one girl to participate in GOTRC for one season
$47: Covers the cost of the average program scholarship across four income tiers
$25: Covers the cost of 150 bananas for the 5K finish line