14 Team Urban Initiatives runners have been training hard since this past Spring for the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. We are excited to introduce you all the members of Team UI and learn a little about why they signed up to run 26.2 for thousands of UI kids across Chicago.
Who are you? Where are you from?
My name is Ricky Marquardt, and I’m from Wilmette, Illinois. I’m now living in Chicago.
What is your favorite tune to listen to while running?
Red Hot Chili Peppers are my go-to, but I always sprinkle in some classic rock for longer runs.
How did you get involved with Urban Initiatives?
I met Jimmy Dower when he coached my Wilmette Wings soccer team way back when I was in third grade. We were one of the first groups to participate in what would become Urban Initiatives. When I moved downtown after graduation, I reconnected with UI (thanks to Brian “Funkmaster” Flanagan), and have been amazed at how far it’s come.
What has motivated you to run a marathon in general and what has motivated you to run for Urban Initiatives?
I rowed crew throughout high school and for a little bit during college, and I’ve missed that competitive atmosphere ever since. I hadn’t even thought about the marathon until it was brought up in a winter UI Associate Board meeting, but it sounded like a great opportunity to get back into it. I’ve loved getting more involved with Urban Initiatives, and this seemed like an awesome way to get involved and raise some money.
What are some training challenges you’ve faced so far?
This is my first marathon and so everything was a little new to me. Getting myself up early for runs has been (and continues to be) tough. But luckily I have the lakefront trail to run along, which makes waking up early a little easier.