Last Sunday I ran the Chicago Marathon with a charity called Team World Vision. World Vision is an organization that my home church, Crossbridge Community, partners with. TWV helps to raise awareness of the global water crisis & helps provide life changing, clean water to children & communities in Africa. World Vision provides more clean water than any non-government organization in the world, providing clean water to one new person every 10 seconds. They work to help communities lift themselves out of poverty for good by addressing issues around clean water, hunger, health, education, economic empowerment, and child protection raise awareness of the global water crisis & to help provide life changing, clean water to children & communities in Africa.
This whole journey and training process has been a great adventure from the start. I trained for six months before the race. Before I began training I had never ran more than three miles. Running the marathon for Team World Vision was a huge decision for me to make. I was aware from the start of how big the commitment was and how much training I would have to endure, but I knew this was something God was calling me to do! So how could I decide to not take on this challenge?!
I was able to raise $5,570 and bring clean water to over 110 children! My Crossbridge marathon team raised $53,599 and will bring clean water to over 1,070 children! My Chicago marathon team raised $2,778,029 and will bring water to over 55,560 children!!
My official marathon time was 5:24:44. I am beyond grateful for everyone's continued support, encouragement, and prayers!