“… and those last 6.2 miles, you run those with your heart.”
CONGRATULATIONS Team RMHC runners on completing the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon(!) on what turned out to be a beautiful day to run the streets of Chicago—although there were those miles when “the windy city” did seem to live up to it’s nickname.
For those of you for whom this was your ‘first ever’ marathon, your training and participation yesterday 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’re a marathon ‘veteran,’ but this was the first time you’ve ‘run Chicago’—I hope you enjoyed the way the city presented itself, and the way you were supported by the estimated 1.7 million spectators who were shouting their encouragement to you on the course.
And for those of you who have run the Chicago Marathon before, but not with us—I hope that being a part of Team RMHC helped make this your ‘best ever’ Chicago Marathon experience.
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 Weekend experience, we hope you will encourage them to run with Team RMHC in 2020. (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 5 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!
There are 5K, 8K, 10K or half marathon events EVERYWHERE(!) that can help you maintain the “fitness” lifestyle you have committed to while training for this year’s Chicago Marathon. (And until you begin training with us again next year… hint.)
Over the next several months in particular there are ‘Trick or Treat/Pumpkins in the Park’ fun runs; Hot Chocolate events; Turkey Trots; and Rudolph Rambles. And to begin 2020 you can sign-up for a New Year’s Day run… most of which (mercifully) start at around 11:00 AM.
(Okay. Lecture over.)
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 more than $1,500,000 (SO FAR—still more to come!) 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.
As you return home (or return to work) and 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!
The Team RMHC fundraising site (and your individual fundraising page) will remain open until the end of October!
Please (please), today or early this week (if you have not 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—and include a photo of you with your medal. (I know you’ve taken at least one such picture!)
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!