Andrea Abel Shares Why She Runs for Cancer

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Andrea Abel Shares Why She Runs for Cancer

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The run-down on why Andrea Abel (and others) run with @DetermiNation http://3bl.me/86ktym

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Andrea Abel, a friend of mine from the Chicago DetermiNation volunteer committee, recently asked me for one reason why I run with DetermiNation in the Chicago Marathon and other Chicago-area races. As it turns out, she either asked several other people to do the same, or she had a few reasons of her own! Here’s the run-down:

  1. This year, 11 million people will hear the words “You have cancer.” And your dollars and race can help the American Cancer Society help them fight back.
  2. The DetermiNation team provides access to FREE team training designed to fit your lifestyle. We partner with both the Chicago Area Runners Association and Chicago Endurance Sports, as well as offer a virtual training component for out-of-towners.
  3. There may be a personal reason for you wanting to run for a charity – for example if you, a family member, or friend has been affected by cancer. Running for the American Cancer Society may help you feel like you’re doing your bit for the cause that is closest to your heart. It’s often the case that people are motivated by the memory of a loved one – and you might even be able to encourage one of your friends to run for the same charity.
  4. They have seriously over-the-top race weekend VIP amenities, which include access to an American Cancer Society tent (which has last minute supplies, TONS of free food, masseuses, ice pools, birthday cake, music, etc.). It is amazing and it’s a GREAT meeting spot for your friends and family after the race.
  5. The tent also has private gear check, changing areas and facilities. Trust me, the WORST thing to have to face after running 26.2 miles is standing in a line of 44,999 people to get your bag.
  6. You get access to seriously helpful training tips and resources. We have a ton of veteran runners who can offer unique insight into the Chicago and marathoning in general. Here is just one example of the type of information our coaches can provide.
  7. You get a mentor! In addition to the support from the ACS staff and volunteers like me, you get mentor support from coaches and fellow team members who will help you every step of the way. They send emails to check in, answer questions, and help get you motivated for the big day.

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