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Bank of America Chicago Marathon  |  October 11, 2015
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Join Team ALF for the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon today & change the lives of more than 30 million Americans affected by liver disease today!

Contact Event Manager, Emily Jensen, at or 312-377-9030x12 for more information.

Photo: ALF runners gearing up for the 2014 Chicago marathon the morning of the race.


Click on a runner's name below to learn why they are running for Team ALF and to make a donation to them today!

Matt Bailey Dan Bernoske Julie Boll
Philip Boccalatte
Julianna Brouwer
Emily Clark
John Conley
John Connelly
Idalia Cruz Garcia
Shannon Garwich
Patrick Glynn
Jeanine Hampton
Donald Jensen
Emily Jensen
Samantha Johnson
Brett Klein
Melissa Kujawa
Lori Legette
Hillary Lotz
Don Mason
Lisa Meredith
Melissa Richardson
Kelly Robinson
Roy Sandeman
Aaron Sandler
Sara Skaggs
David Spak
Cale Spaulding
Chris Tirado
Claire Weinstein
Virgina Wigle
John Yap
 Debra Zigler

Coach's Corner

Presented by Chicago Endurance Sports

CES runnersIt's no secret that runners need energy to perform.  What will help you to be that energizer bunny?  What will help you have that "joyous run" - one that you don't want to end?   The mind and body work together.  It has even been said that what the mind thinks the body believes.  By now we all know how to nourish our mind; good nutrition and hydration every day and energy systems on the long runs (sports drink and gels). 

But what about nourishing the mind? 

Here are a few simple ways to energize your mind and your run.  Think, then say, then write these positive energizers and you will have great runs!

  • Believe you are a runner! Think it, say it, and write it!   "I am a runner"
  • Believe that every run is a good run  "Today's run will be a great one."
  • Be in the moment and enjoy the moment.
  • Find ways to distract you-make silly lists
  • Find things that make you smile along the way
  • Know whether you get more energy running with someone or alone-or both!
  • Visualize your run and visualize how proud you will feel when you have completed your run or race



Runner's Water Stop

Fundraising doesn't have to be boring and tedious!

Put the fun in FUNdraising!

Host a party and ask your guests for donations!

Let them know ahead of time that it is a party to help you raise funds. Have a theme for the party—make everyone wear running gear or dress up as their favorite sports celebrity. Give prizes for the best costumes. 

Here are some other ideas of what Team ALF runners did to raise money for last year's Chicago Marathon...

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  • Team ALF alumna and avid animal lover, Kimberly Grauer, walked friends dogs for donations.
  • Team ALF veteran runner, Sam Johnson, hosted a tupperware party for family and friends at her home and raised over $125 for the American Liver Foundation
  • Team ALF alumna, Stacy Brown (Maus), would do good deeds in honor of friends or family. For suggested donations of $10, Stacy would volunteer at her donor's location of choice, i.e. soup kitchen, animal shelter or women's shelter, etc.
  • Need More Ideas? Click here for 90 unique fundraising ideas to help get the ball rolling! 

Campaign Progress
of Goal
$18,882.20 Raised
Support an Athlete

Top Participants
  1 -  Melissa Richardson ($2,765.00)
  2 -  Lori Legette ($1,815.00)
  3 -  John Conley ($1,000.00)
  4 -  Emily Jensen ($880.00)
  5 -  Donald Mason ($800.00)
  6 -  Christopher Tirado ($790.00)
  7 -  Jeannine Hampton ($730.00)
  8 -  Lisa Meredith ($730.00)
  9 -  ROY SANDEMAN ($665.00)
  10 -  John Erikson Yap ($550.00)

Proud to be an official charity partner....

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Event Contact Information:
Event Manager: Emily Jensen
Event Manager Phone: 312-377-9030
Event Manager Email:
Event Location:
Start and Finish is in Grant Park
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