BENEFITING: Girls on the Run - Chicago
ORGANIZER: Girls on the Run - Chicago
EVENT: GOTR Chicago Marathon 2016
EVENT DATE: Oct 09, 2016
Why are you running? :
I realize "because I can" is an arrogant sounding response, but my "because I can" comes from the deep knowledge that many I know and love can't. Im running because my father survived a stroke and told me he wanted to climb Mt. Washington when a few months ago he could barely hold a fork.
I'm running because my cancer survivor mother rode her bike 30 miles in a day,a month after ending her chemo.
I'm running because my grandparents were tough and gutsy, generous and hardworking and I want them to know I'm not wasting my one precious life binge watching Netflix shows and melting into my couch ( at least not all the time).
I'm running because I am a woman that has been told "I can't" enough. I want the girls I work with to put down their iPhones and watch me work hard and sweat and smile and maybe, just maybe decide they should join me. I'm running in hopes that they see how proud I am of my imperfect thighs and freckled skin and that beauty radiates from those imperfections. That they look down at their own bodies and say "Heck Yes, I'm powerful!" I want to celebrate my ableness by asking my body to work harder than ever before because I know I might not always be able.
So in short, I'm running because I can.
And I'm raising money for a kickass program!
Simply put, Girls on the Run is an afterschool program for girls ages 8-14 that transforms the way girls see themselves and their opportunities. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment, while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. The mission is achieved by volunteer coaches who meet with the girls as a team twice per week for 12 weeks as they complete the curriculum which creatively integrates running, goal-setting and training for a non-competitive 5k (3.1 miles) running event with interactive lessons that encourage positive social-emotional and physical development among participants.