Happy Holidays to you all. I hope you are staying warm and safe wherever you are.
I'm slowly settling into Chicago, relearning things like wind chill, black ice, and white-out while keeping up my running skills on the treadmill when I can't run outside. And then those South Side Squirrels keep me on my toes, too, chasing me across the lawn, constantly hounding me for handouts.
|South Side Squirrel|
|My first official Chicago Snow!|
Two important lotteries in the running world just took place... one for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 7th, and the other for the 2018 United Airlines NYC Half on March 18th. I really wanted to win entry into both, as Chicago is my new home, and United is my preferred carrier. I was also looking to enter more races besides the Rock n Roll Marathon Series to gain more experience as a runner.
I was fortunate enough to win a spot in the Chicago Marathon, but not so lucky when it came to the NYC Half.
Not letting that discourage me, I decided to enter via fundraising, and have chosen to represent the New York Road Runners Team for Kids. In their words, TFK runners, "dedicate their participation in world class running events to building a happier and healthier future for youth nationwide. Our runners receive guaranteed entry into premier running events and professional training support, while making every mile count fundraising on behalf of NYRR Youth Programs. Team for Kids makes it possible for children across the country to experience the joys of running and fitness!"
Imagine if I would have been encouraged to run when I was young by a program such as this. Maybe I would have run my first mile before the age of 42...
So this brings me to asking all of you to reach into your pockets and donate a little. It doesn't have to be much, every little bit counts. I have a little over two months to raise $1300, and I'm pretty sure that with a little help from all of you, my goal will be met.
CLICK HERE for my fundraising page.
|I'm a published photographer...sort of...|