Last Saturday – also my moving day – was the Run for Boston 5K. Doing a race in the Chicago area to raise money for those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings was the idea of Katie, and because of her hard work, and the partnership of Art aka Muddy Monk, Kelly and many other Chicago Running Bloggers, I’m happy to say we pulled off a successful race, and raised over $10,000!
My job for the race was heading up volunteers. I’ve co-chaired other charity events (specifically the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life), so I knew the importance of “many hands make light work.” I estimated that we needed at least 20 or so volunteers to pull it off, but more volunteers would definitely make everyone’s job easier.
Luckily on race day, we had lots of volunteers on hand to cover all the necessary tasks, and no one (besides probably Katie and Art) was running around doing a bunch of things at once. And hopefully everyone had a good time.
Thank you volunteers!
Thanks to the race’s generous sponsors, 100 percent of the fees paid by runners will go directly to the Who Says I Can’t Foundation, which helps amputees lead active lives. The intent is for our funds to support the ten people who lost limbs as a result of the Boston Marathon bombings.
As the person behind ChicagoRunningBloggers.com, I’m honestly humbled at how many bloggers came together to plan, volunteer at, or run the race. When I started that site a year and a half of so ago, I really didn’t know what would come of it – maybe we’d meet up at races or the occasional happy hour. But as I wrote on the Run for Boston blog, I’m truly amazed at the little community that we have!