BENEFITING: Girls on the Run - Chicago
ORGANIZER: Girls on the Run - Chicago
EVENT: GOTR Chicago Marathon 2016
EVENT DATE: Oct 09, 2016
Believe it or not, I am running in the Chicago Marathon on October 9th, 2016! You read that correctly. I've been training all summer long, running in the heat and humidity, racking up the miles. And now the marathon is only a month away. I can't believe it's almost here.
I have decided to run the race while raising money for Girls on the Run (GOTR). GOTR serves 11,000 girls in the Chicagoland area. And 85% of the girls request and received financial assistance in order to participate in the program. The funds I raise for GOTR will go to underwrite program scholarships so that all girls that want to can participate.
What is GOTR? It is an after school program for girls ages 8-14 that transforms the way girls see themselves and their opportunities. Girls in the program gain confidence through achievement, while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. Volunteer coaches meet with the girls twice a week for 12 weeks to help them complete the curriculum which integrates running, goal-setting and training for a non-competitive 5k by using interactive lessons that encourage positive social-emotional and physical development among participants. All of the hard work the girls put into the program helps them develop self-esteem, body size satisfaction, and they show positive changes regarding attitudes towards physical activity, health behaviors and empowerment.
I have seen first hand what GOTR can do for young girls. I have been lucky to be asked on two occasions to be a running buddy at the group's 5k for two girst that have participated in the program. It's wonderful to see young, impressionable girls having so much fun, laughing with their friends and running (which is something I love to do). It has been an honor to be a running buddy!
Would you please help Girls on the Run by making a donation, and help me reach my fundraising goal?
Every donation has a huge impact!
- $10 covers the cost of one girl's healthy snacks for the season
- $25 covers the cost of 150 bananas for the 5k finish line
- $44 covers the cost of 50 tiaras for girls to decorate at the 5k activity tent
- $157 covers the cost for one girl to participate in GOTR for one season
Thank you in advance for your help! If you know of someone else who might like to help out GOTR, feel free to foward this email to them.