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Bank of America Chicago Marathon
This is one of the top marathons in the world. Runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will set out to accomplish their personal goals. We are racing to STOMP OUT STIGMA!
Stigma is a primary barrier to people suffering from mental disorders and to those seeking treatment. Provide emotional support and encourage medical advice. Help counteract the isolation often associated with these illnesses. Assist in the recovery process and in restoring self-esteem. Let’s facilitate the enjoyment of a fulfilling life to those seeking to RUN FOR MENTAL HEALTH!
Race Starting Point
Grant Park, 205 E. Randolph St., Chicago, IL @ approx. 7:30AM
Reflection from one of our Runners:
"Well, the big day is done and over with!! It was a long day, but an amazing experience that I can't wait to be a part of again. On Sunday, I was up at 4:30 to eat and get ready, and left the apt. At 6am, I got down there, checked my gear in, and around 6:30 I realized I forgot my inhaler back at the apt! So then, it was a mad rush to try and find the medical tent and someone who could get me an inhaler - but it turned out ok. About mile 10, I ran without stopping to walk. My parents met me at mile 4 and mile 11. I was feeling good and doing good until mile 14 or so when it became extremely painful even just to walk. My knees were completely out of commission - so I walked most of the way to mile 16.5 where my parents met me again and my mom had ibuprofen with her so I took some and they walked with me for a bit. Honestly, I wasn't sure if I was going to make it at that point. But once the ibuprofen kicked in, I felt so much better and was able to run to mile 21.5 where my parents, sister, and brother-in-law met me. Then, I did pretty good up to mile 25 and my sister met me there and ran with me until mile 26, and of course, one of the only uphill portions of the course is the last .2 miles! But, I made it through and finished at 6 hrs. 17 mins. Guess I'll just have to sign up for another one now."
- Rebecca Strand