Racing for Healthy Schools

October 03, 2007

Today we have a blog from HSC’s senior development officer Cheryl Kaplan, who organized our first marathon team.

For the first year ever, HSC has organized a team of athletes to run The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon.  The thrilling world class race is just days away, this Sunday, Oct. 7. 

Serving as Honorary Team Captain is Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s weekly news quiz show, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!,” heard on 450 public stations nationwide.  If you’re planning to attend the marathon expo this Friday, October, 5 at McCormick Place, come hear Peter Sagal at the main stage at 3:20 p.m.  He’ll be talking about his midlife transition to marathon runner and why he is supporting Healthy Schools Campaign. (While you’re there, drop by to visit us in booth 254!)   If you’d like to make a donation to support Peter Sagal’s run, click here.

Our 34 runners are coming to Chicago from coast to coast and as far away as Switzerland.  This dedicated group of fundraiser athletes has raised a cumulative total of $23,500 to date to benefit our cause, and they are continuing to raise money even in these last days before the race. Click here to make a contribution to support our team. 

If you’re planning to be a spectator along the 26.2 mile course, look for our runners wearing their Healthy Schools Campaign race shirts and let them know you appreciate their efforts.  We’ll be cheering at a rally station on Jackson near Damen on “Charity Mile” right after mile 15 of the race. You can get there easily via the CTA Blue line Illinois Medical District station. HSC will be in Spot #20 of Charity Mile  Come join us! 

We’re already looking ahead to 2008 when we’ll be supporting runners in the Boston Marathon, The ING New York City Marathon (no lottery or qualifying times necessary when you run for HSC!), and races in Chicago and other major U.S. cities.   If you’d like to run in these races, walk a 5K or 10K, compete in a triathlon, or take on any type of personal challenge on behalf of Healthy Schools Campaign, we will help you achieve your goals. 

We are also looking for corporate sponsors for our 2008 marathon program.  Let us know if your company would like to be part of this exciting national program.  Contact cheryl@healthyschoolscampaign.org or call (312) 419-1810 to learn more. 

Meet our team for The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon!