Coordinator Raises Funds with Chicago Marathon Run

Posted 11/21/2014 | By HealthCorps

Clare Parks, a coordinator at WMST high school in Washington, D.C., ran the Chicago marathon as a fundraiser for her HealthCorps program. This is one of the new creative, grassroots fundraising efforts that the HC development team is excited about!

How much did Clare raise?

​“I ended up raising just over $3,000 and plan to use it with my student wellness club and junior coordinator program, to teach the students how to budget and plan small scale health events for the school. I know my junior coordinator wants to invest in an Xbox Kinect and a Just Dance game to have dance-offs during lunch, since we don’t have other facilities, so that’s where we’ll start!” 

Why did Clare choose this particular fund-raising activity?

“I always want to practice what I preach, when I teach, so if there’s anything that can help to showcase my authenticity in telling my students that attitude is everything, and that they can do anything they put their minds to, it’s pushing through something as physically and emotionally demanding as this–something that I never expected I could be capable of.”

How was the experience?

“Training was SO MUCH FUN because I was always so proud of myself for pushing through to new mileage, plus I had a killer playlist. The actual marathon was a similar experience–the novelty of it all was so exciting, that even though my feet were sore pretty much the whole time, it felt so good to be pushing forward to more miles and doing something I never thought I could.”

Was this your first marathon? How did you train?

This was my very first marathon, and I actually used to hate running (like I would fake injuries during cross country season……real hate). But I started thinking about running and what a good workout it can be because it’s free, you don’t need a gym, and you can be outside, all at the same time, and I decided that running had way too much control over me and that it was time to get over my fear/loathing of it.  Around the same time, a friend asked me if I’d ever be interested in joining her for the Chicago Marathon and I said yes, way before I was ready, so I started training in February. And when I say started training I mean starting from 5 minutes at a time, to 10 minutes, and so on. Once I could run 3 miles happily, I started using Hal Higdon’s free novice marathon training plan that increases mileage slowly so new runners don’t get injured.”

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at HealthCorps!!!

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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