We are officially 20 days away from the Chicago Marathon! TEAM ADPi is continuing to train hard and raise money for our favorite charity. We met three dedicated runners last week and it’s my honor to introduce you to three more. What do all of these women have in common (aside from being part of our wonderful sisterhood)? They’re all still in college! You read that correctly…in addition to studying for exams, writing papers, and having fun with their chapter sisters, these ladies are dedicated to running 26.2 miles for TEAM ADPi. Let’s meet them!
Meet Sally Smith, Eta Phi – Furman University. Sally is one of seven Eta Phi sisters running this year! When asked why she wanted to run this marathon, Sally said, “Running a marathon has recently become something I’ve wanted to check off my bucket list. My mom is a marathoner and an alumna of ADPi and she has encouraged me to feel the great sense of accomplishment that comes with running a marathon. Besides my love for running, I also care very much about ADPi and the great experiences of friendship and philanthropy it has afforded me. Therefore, I cannot think of a better way to run my first marathon than to do it beside my encouraging sisters and raising money and awareness for our national philanthropy, Ronald McDonald House Charities”. She feels that this opportunity has strengthened more than just her running. What has really ignited is her passion for philanthropy and service. “RMHC has become my favorite organization because its ultimate goal, to provide families with ill children the opportunity to stay together, goes hand-in-hand with my idea of the most important things in life: family, generosity, and love”. To support Sally, please donate here.
Next up is Becky Stifter, Psi Chapter – University of California, Berkeley. Becky currently serves as the Psi Chapter President and was persuaded to join TEAM ADPi from the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation Executive Director, Jennifer Polley Webb, while at District Leadership Conference back in January. Becky has finished plenty of half marathons, and one 20-miler, but never a full marathon. Her training is “flexible but consistent”, mixing group fitness classes, yoga, and strength training, along with her runs. Becky is running with “my two best friends, sorority sisters, and fellow Executive Committee Members”, Kristy Van Ostrand and Marie Altendahl. Her plans once she crosses the finish line? “Do a happy dance and give Kristy and Marie a HUGE hug”! To support Becky, please donate here.
Meet Kate Tarne, Zeta Rho – Vanderbilt University. You met one of her Zeta Rho sisters, Laurel, on the blog last week. She was the one who convinced Kate to sign up. “The timing made a lot of sense and I loved the idea of running my first marathon for RMHC and being able to support them, so I decided to go for it! It’s a charity that I’ve volunteered at since high school, and now my parents volunteer at the one near our house. The way it brings families together-including my own- is so special to me.” Kate started her training while studying abroad in Copenhagen this summer and has continued with “long runs every weekend, usually way too early on Sunday mornings, followed by chocolate milk.” She tops it off with additional runs and gym sessions during the week. Although this is her first full marathon, she’s no stranger to distance running. Once she crosses the finish line, she’s going to “hug my dad, who’s been the best coach and supporter through my training”. To support Kate, please donate here.