“… and those last 6.2 miles, you run those with your heart.”
CONGRATULATIONS Team RMHC runners on completing the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Virtual Experience(!)—and while the experience may have been ‘virtual’… the effort, achievement and sense of accomplishment is very, very real.
For those of you for whom this was your ‘first ever’ marathon, your training and participation in this year’s virtual experience have earned you the right to be called an ‘endurance athlete.’
For the rest of your life, you are a marathoner… and that will forever be a part of how you (and others) identify and define what you are capable of achieving.
If you have friends who are encouraged to run the Chicago Marathon because of what you’ve shared with them about your training and marathon experience, we hope you’ll encourage them to run with Team RMHC in 2021. (Thank you!)
My only “advice” at this point is to not stop running.
Okay. You can stop for a couple of days…
… but what I mean is that after all the training you’ve done for the past
4-plus months, there’s a good chance you’re in the best shape you’ve
been in for ‘quite some time.’
Why stop now? Stay out there—and consider encouraging friends to join you to train for and run a virtual 5K, 8K or 10K ‘Trick or Treat’ run, Turkey Trot or Rudolph Ramble! (What a perfect ‘excuse’ for you and your friends to get together outdoors!)
As much as this E-mail is about congratulating you, it is (even more) about THANKING you… for the effort you’ve made to raise funds to support Ronald McDonald House Charities.
On behalf of the volunteers, staff and Trustees of Ronald McDonald House Charities please accept our most sincere gratitude for the important difference your running will help make possible in the lives of the children and families we serve.
And now, if you will permit me… a little “business” (this is after all a HUGE and important fundraising event for us).
Please know that a good portion of our total fundraising takes place in the next 7-10 days.
To that end, please take a few minutes to share your marathon experience with friends, family and colleagues—what ALWAYS happens is there will be people who slap their forehead and say, “Oh, shoot! I was going to support you!”
Well, good news. THERE’S STILL TIME!
Today or early this week (if you haven’t already done so) write everyone who you originally E-mailed asking for support (and/or post on social media) and tell them about your marathon experience.
THANK those who did support you; and REMIND those who haven’t that their support is still important to the children and families served by Ronald McDonald House Charities, and that there is still time to support you and to support RMHC.
Even if you’ve already met your goal, please continue your fundraising efforts by posting on social media and/or E-mailing everyone on your list. It’s OKAY to be an “over achiever.” What the heck—we’re marathoners… that’s what we do!
Thank you, Team RMHC… for, for, for everything!
You’re THE BEST!