Angel Stech Team Blessons - Chicago

Angel Stech Team Blessons - Chicago

Why I Run

Running reminds me that anything is possible if i put in the time. It's my therapy, my freedom, my mantra & my joy.

WHY I SUPPORT BLESSONS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR WOMEN

Education is empowering & these scholarships make a difference in a women's life. All women need to love & support it each other. Blessons is a perfect way to support our fellow sisters.

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Heidi Cochran Team Blessons - IRONMAN MADISON 2017

Heidi Cochran Team Blessons - IRONMAN MADISON 2017

I’m not an inherently athletic or fast person, so I started running due to good old fashioned sibling rivalry. My sister had just completed the Columbus half marathon, so I decided I would do the Chicago full marathon the following year. Despite not having run since gym class in middle school, I went for it and ended up loving to run. During marathon training, I discovered triathlons, specifically Ironman triathlons, after spectating Ironman Texas 2015 for my boyfriend. I became very interested in the Chicago Olympic Triathlon, and completed my first triathlon and marathon in the same year. The people I’ve met along the way are amazing, and I look forward to training with them for years to come!

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Samantha Recknagel Team Blessons-Chicago

Samantha Recknagel Team Blessons-Chicago

Why I Run

I began running less than a year ago and decided to dive in head first, signing up for the 2016 Chicago Marathon. At that point, I had never run more than a 5k in my life. I wanted to set goals and achieve them. I wanted a goal that was tangible, that I could measure. I wanted to feel the satisfaction of crossing a hard-earned finish line. fter signing up for the marathon, I figured I could use some races to help simulate what to expect. I made a second goal of running every different distance of race I could find in 2016 and succeeded in running a 1-mile, 5k, 8k, 10k, 15k, 10-mile, 2 half-marathons, and the Chicago Marathon. What's next? I'm lucky enough to be running with Team Blessons for the 2017 Chicago Ragnar race and may add in more races for the year.  :)

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Berkley Cameron Team Blessons - Chicago

Berkley Cameron Team Blessons - Chicago

Why I Run

I run to give back to my community and to raise money for charities like Blessons that are changing people's lives.

Why I Support Blessons

I have chose to run marathons for Blessons because education is the most powerful weapon you have to change the world. Giving women the power of education and the knowledge that it doesn't matter how slow you go but that you never stop working towards your goals. 

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Khit Masoud Team Blessons - Chicago

Khit Masoud Team Blessons - Chicago

Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone. I don’t want to inspire others by being perfect. My name is Khit Masoud and I want to inspire women by how I deal with my imperfections.
I use a word called “BLESSONS”, A blesson is what happens when you see the blessing in the lesson that your challenge taught you. We all have a story, we all have our own demons, we all have our own issues and fears. Not everyone has the emotional support from their loved ones when you think you need it most. You have to learn how to survive because when you know that you are all that you have, being STRONG is the only thing you can be.

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Nicole Berglund Team Blessons - Houston, Tx

Nicole Berglund Team Blessons - Houston, Tx

Why I Run

I am an adult onset runner and have only been running for 8 years. I have overcome self esteem issues that have been with me since I was a teenager, I have grown my personal relationships with my family (my father is now a 5k walker) and I have grown my community by joining local running clubs in my area and encouraging others to do the same. I also turned to running to overcome a divorce and sedentary lifestyle in favor of fun, exercise and a little competition.  It has made me a better human and I am hoping to reach out to others to do the same. Let's all be better to each other!

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Sarah Boggio Team Blessons - California

Sarah Boggio Team Blessons - California

My love for running began when I was about 5 and my dad and I would run around the yard together; he'd always joke that I must have been part gazelle because he never knew how I kept up with him. I've always been a runner, but I didn't learn to love racing until my husband and I went to London on our honeymoon to visit my sister, Julia, who'd just given birth to my beautiful niece. Julia had signed up for a 10k before she became pregnant and asked me to run the race for her, luckily the British Heart Foundation didn't mind the switch, and I ran my first 10k. I was hooked! I ran about 25 races that first year, including my first half marathon 5 months later (and my 2nd half 3 weeks later), that was 2014. Since then, I've run 18 half marathons and 3 marathons.

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