THE CHICAGO RUN STORY
Chicago Run implements free physical activity programs in 46 Chicago Public Schools, serving approximately 16,500 students. To date, 89% of our participants qualify for the Federal Free/Reduced Lunch Program. Chicago Run serves over 32 diverse communities across Chicago representing the following populations: 40.90% African-American 47.95% Latino 5.45% Caucasian 2.10% Asian 3.60% Other
I am devoting my 2015 Chicago Marathon to Chicago Run.
I'm a grateful product of an amazing Chicago public high school. My school happened to be well-resourced. Other schools in the city are not so lucky. I was able to have access to smart, resourceful coaches, and talented hard-working team mates. Running did a lot for my character developent then and it continued to be a large part of my life today. This is why I am a huge fan of Chicago Run: they make running and its benefits available to kids who otherwise wouldn't have access.
My goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon -- not an easy thing to do. Less than 1% of all runners are able to pull this off. The Chicago Marathon is what we call a Boston Qualifier; you run a qualifying time at Chicago and you're off to Boston! This will not be an easy feat. I intend to use all my Chicago Run donors as "fuel" as I train and race for this. And if I qualify for Boston, I will carry a list of donors' names with me as I run that prestigious race.
Thanks for reading! Wish me luck!