They say the best way to see a city is on foot. On October 12, a team of highly committed, slightly nervous, adrenalin-fueled members of Urban Initiatives’ first ever Bank of America Chicago Marathon team ran 26.2 miles of Chicago’s roads and pathways, all in support of our programming!
The runners’ course took them North from Grant Park through River North, Old Town, Lincoln Park, and Lake View; straight back into the Loop; West through Greektown, the West Loop, and Little Italy; South through University Village, Pilsen, Chinatown, and Park Boulevard; and finally back North up Michigan Avenue to Grant Park.
Members of Team Urban Initiatives were running in support of our Work to Play program at Greene Elementary in McKinley Park. In the months and weeks leading up to the race, the team raised a combined $10,761 to support Greene’s second to fourth grade soccer players!
“We are so grateful to the team for training all summer and for running mile after mile for our kids,” said Jim Dower, Urban Initiatives’ Executive Director. “Each of our runners has such a strong personal connection to our work, whether through being on the Board, Junior Board, or staff, and we could not have asked for a better group of people to have on the team.”
A huge thank you to T.J. Dammrich, Mike Carlson, Lauren Feldman, Kemmons Feldman, and Sam Sustarich for all their hard work over the past few months! We’ll see you at the next Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 11, 2015!