I've just begun training for my 5th marathon – the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. It’s one of my absolute favorite days in the city of Chicago; I’ve been fortunate enough to participate the past two years.
I’ll be taking on an additional (exciting) challenge this year– charity running for an organization called Girls on the Run. The organization provides an afterschool program for girls ages 8-14 that builds strength and confidence through running. I first learned about Girls on the Run through its partnership with Gamma Phi Beta, my sorority - and a huge part of my life throughout college. The Girls on the Run program helps establish a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness through volunteer coaches who meet with the girls twice per week for 12 weeks. Girls work in teams, as they complete the curriculum that integrates running, goal setting and training for a non-competitive 5K running event.
Choosing this organization to represent was easy – I can’t think of any two things in my life that have changed me for the better more than Gamma Phi Beta and running. During my collegiate career in Gamma Phi, I served as Social Chair, Membership Vice President, and President of the chapter. Each of these positions presented unique challenges and opportunities, and through each I grew as a person and as a professional, and became more confident as a result.
I began “running” in college during a pretty rough time. I hated running. It hurt. It was hard. It took effort. But I kept at it. When I moved to Chicago immediately after graduation, I fell off track. Fitness took a back seat to long nights at an internship and an intense travel schedule. I volunteered at the Chicago Marathon in 2011, which was incredibly inspiring. I saw thousands of people, exhausted, with huge smiles on their faces as they crossed the finish line. It looked like quite the undertaking, but one that was worth it.
In spring of 2013, I ran my first marathon - the Eugene Marathon. I fell in love with distance running, and it has continued to challenge, strengthen, and improve me both mentally and physically. Running makes me a better person. I want to share how wonderful running can be with others, including the 9,000 girls throughout Chicagoland from 3rd -8th grade who will cross their own finish line this year.
I have a goal to raise $1,500 for Girls on the Run. All funds raised will go to underwrite scholarship funds so that every girl has the chance to learn that she can do anything she sets her mind to, like I did. About 85% of girls in the program request and receive financial assistance to participate. Please help me reach my goal and make a tax-deductible donation today!
I sincerely appreciate your help with this effort. Together, we can spread a message of the importance of health, happiness, and confidence in girls!
Every donation has a huge impact!
· $10 will cover the cost of one girl's healthy snacks for a season
· $25 will cover the cost of 150 bananas for the 5k finish line
· $44 will cover the cost of 50 tiaras for the girls to decorate at the activities tent at the 5K
· $152 will cover the cost of one girl to participate in the program for one season
· $260 will cover the cost of water bottles for 400 girls
· $335 will cover the cost of program t-shirts for 85 girls
· $525 will cover the cost of all curriculum materials and supplies for 6 teams
· $796 will cover the cost of training 20 new coaches
· $988 will cover the cost of finisher medals for 650 girls
· $1,500 will cover the cost of healthy snacks for 15 teams of 15 girls
· $2,283 will cover the cost to implement the program at one new low-income site
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