I don't just want to run a marathon, I want to run the Chicago marathon. I've lived here five years and it's made me a different person. And I might have to move within the next year or so, but before I do, I want to pound 26 miles of Chicago streets, from Wrigleyville on the north side to Bridgeport, where the White Sox play, along the lakeshore and along the river through the skyscraper canyons.
I want to give back to the city at the same time, so I'm raising money for the Union League Boys and Girls Club. They're about giving kids from the city a place to do sports, music, art, dance, theater, a place to get hot meals, a place to get homework help, tutoring, and job training, a place to learn the realities they need to know about health and money and politics and community service.
Plus, they have a summer camp. They say: "Many of our Club kids see the stars and hear the true silence of the night during their first stay out our Camp in Salem, Wisconsin. They are up there to learn about nature and build a sense of self. Sessions are two weeks long. Because our youth are city kids they hear constant noise, sirens and there are many street lights. It is so cool to watch a tough city kid start out afraid of this silence and then embrace it by the end of the two-week session."
You can learn more by going to their website and clicking "What we do."
They only charge their members $5-$10 a year, so help them make up the difference. You'll be doing a good thing.