Asha for Education via Crowdrise
October 16, 2012
BENEFITING: Asha for Education
EVENT DATE: Apr 27, 2013
Making children's lives better... one mile at a time.
What's up now? We are preparing for Illinois Half-Marathon
Train with us and help support educational initiatives for underprivileged children in India. Asha for Education is a non-profit organization that works towards the education of underprivileged children in India. Click here to learn more about Asha.
What we do?
There are two types of people at the starting line of a marathon - those who know that they can and those who have always wished that they could. Meet Team Asha-UC, a third group of runners whose goal is not merely to reach the finish line, but to also raise awareness and funds for the education of underprivileged children in India. Since 2004, our athletes have successfully participated in and completed the Chicago marathon and other nearby races. With meteoric growth over the years, and outreach efforts as a UIUC RSO among students and the Champaign-Urbana community, we are have been recognized as an official charity partner with various Marathon events. This year we present a new bunch of runners who are all set to take on the challenge. Join us in our cause and, train... run... educate!
Why do we do what we do?
The marathon program at Asha-UC was started in 2004 and is one of Asha-UC's biggest fund raisers, grossing over $50,000 in the past 7 years. With a rigorous, yet fun-filled, training program spread over four months, even our first-time runners successfully cross the finish line. Achieving the ultimate goal of raising sufficient funds for the projects that we support in India is the biggest source of motivation to surpass the challenges that we set for ourselves during training. All money, in keeping with our zero-overheads policy, is used to fund Asha-UC's projects in India.
Where do we go?
Team-Asha-UC takes part in several athletic events in the calendar year. Our runners have enthusiastically participated in:
- Chicago Full Marathon
- Chicago Rock'n'Roll/Half Marathons
- Illinois Marathons (Full/Half/Relays)
- Indianapolis Marathon
- 5K Race against Racism
- North Shore Century Bicycle Race