Bank of America Chicago Marathon

I did it.

The lines are signed. The registration fee is paid. The training group is confirmed.

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I signed up and I’m running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon!

As you might remember, last year about this time I registered for a marathon and it didn’t end up happening. I was under a lot of stress with our big move, was facing some health issues and decided it would be best for my body (and my sanity) to forgo the marathon experience until I was in tip-top shape. While it wasn’t a total fail, I still ran the half-marathon – basically untrained, BTW! – I am craving that death-like marathon experience and cannot wait to participate this fall!

Typically, the Chicago Marathon entry works as a lottery. SO many people would like the opportunity to run the marathon (because Chicago is just that freakin’ awesome, #amiright?!) that everyone is entered into a lottery and at the beginning of April, the marathon committee randomly selects individuals for the race.

There is one exception, however. If you run for charity, you are automatically registered to run!

So guess what I did… I signed up to run for charity! So not only have I committed to running 26.2 miles (gulp), I have also committed to raising a minimum of $1,250 (my stretch goal is $2,000!) for the charity of my choice – TEAM PAWS Chicago.

What does TEAM PAWS support?

Funds raised by TEAM PAWS support PAWS Chicago’s national No Kill model, dedicated to ending the unnecessary killing of homeless pets. By rescuing and treating homeless pets and finding them loving new homes, PAWS is saving more than 5,800 lives every year. PAWS also focuses on prevention, providing nearly 18,000 low cost/free spay or neuter surgeries in low-income communities where most stray and unwanted pets originate. As one of the largest No Kill shelters in the nation and a national model, PAWS is dedicated to sharing best practices and lifesaving strategies with people and organizations across the country.


As you all know, I have a very soft place in my heart for this guy.

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I could go on about how I’m an animal lover, about how I support the ethical treatment of ALL animals, about how it is important to help those who can’t help themselves, and about how much joy animals bring to our lives. I love that PAWS Chicago supports not only the current issue by finding homes for homeless pets but also focuses on prevention.

I am running for a cause that is near and dear to my heart and I’d love it if you supported me and shared this link with your family and friends! Even $1 can go a long way to help our little, furry friends :) You can donate here, follow along with my fundraising progress, and read more about PAWS Chicago on my TEAM PAWS personal page.

As an FYI, this money goes directly to PAWS Chicago – I don’t see any of it or get any sort of commission from your donation.

Well, with that being said, it’s time to get running!

Here’s to surviving 26.2 miles in October! (P.S. More details including my goals and information about the race to come once I sort through my thoughts!)

Have you run a marathon? If so, what is your #1 piece of advice? 

Have you ever run for charity?

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