|Melissa will be training all summer long to run the |
2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon!
As the summer months roll by, many of us will spot runners pounding the pavement around our neighborhoods and on the lakefront. Some runners are just aiming to get a little cardio in their exercise routines, using outdoor spaces as their gym due to the nicer weather. Some maybe training to run a 5k, 10k and/or half marathon in the near future. Others are training for one of the biggest events our amazing city hosts each year, the Chicago Marathon.
|Melissa's cat Penske Pennyloafer Pepperpants|
(AKA Dirty Face)
The Chicago Marathon is one of the World Marathon Majors that attracts approximately 45,000 runners each year from across the globe. One person attracted to run the marathon in 2011 is friend and co-worker Melissa Korpalski. Melissa will be training hard all summer long to run 26.2 miles on October 9th. The marathon will not only serve as a personal challenge, but will help raise money for PAWS Chicago, the city's largest "no kill" animal shelter. The money raised will "support PAWS Chicago's life-saving Adoption, Spay/Neuter, and Humane Education programs". Melissa chose PAWS Chicago for her charity of choice for the marathon, not only because of her love of animals, but to honor her mother, Marcia Korpalski, who recently passed away from cancer. Her mother was a true animal lover.
Whether you're an enthusiastic runner, admirer of runners, passionate animal lover or all of the above, support Melissa by making a donation to PAWS via her online fundraising page. Click here to make your donation today, then pass the link along to friends and family.
As for all the Chicagoan's lacing up their sneakers and hitting the streets this summer, Day 25 is for you! No matter the distance or duration you inspire me! See you out there!