With just over two weeks left until our TEAM ADPi Runners invade Chicago, let’s take a moment to say THANK YOU to those supporters who have helped our runners raise more than $37,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Your contributions (large and small) are helping children and families all across the world find a home away from home. Please know how truly grateful we are for your support!
Continuing our tradition of introducing you to our TEAM ADPi runners, we have three very wonderful and involved alumnae who all share something very special. They all recognized that our Sisterhood is more than a 4 year commitment, but a lifelong journey.
Meet Krista Birmingham Renner, Eta Rho – California State University, Chico. Krista has served her chapter and communtiy well since graduating, as the President of the Chico Alumnae Association, Eta Rho House Corporation President, Membership Education Advisor to the Eta Rho Chapter, and a charter member of the Octavia Andrew Rush Society. When asked what makes RMHC special to her, Krista said, “I live 6 hours away from the nearest children’s hospital and knowing that if I ever needed to have a child taken there I would have a place to call home means a lot to me.” She decided to run her first marathon this year on TEAM ADPi, after completing 3 half marathons, as a way of giving back to RMHC in a major way. Her training style includes short runs during the week, long weekend runs, and a lot of stadium stair drills. Her canine running buddy, Harlee, a 2 year old Border Collie mix, kept her company on runs until she hit the 10 mile mark. She’ll be running 26.2 miles with fellow TEAM ADPi runner, Eta Rho sister, and best friend, Kaitlyn MacGregor. To support Krista, please donate here.
Next up, please meet Katie Schaller, Alpha Chi – University of California, Los Angeles. Katie has served Alpha Delta Pi first as the chapter president and next as a Leadership Consultant. Katie had such a wonderful experience her first year as a LC that she stayed on to be a Senior Leadership Consultant, and was instrumental in helping the sisters of Theta Tau Chapter at the University of Pennsylvania get off to a great start. Katie ran as a part of TEAM ADPi last year, crossing “marathon finisher” off her bucket list. According to Katie, running with TEAM ADPi again “was a no-brainer. I had such an incredible experience, not just on the marathon day but in the months of training. The commitment is a test of physical and mental strength, discipline, and courage, and I am thankful for the lesson”. Chicago is her hometown, which makes running this race incredibly special for her. Her immediate and extended family are planning to come cheer her on, giving her strength and encouragement when she needs it most. Her plan for crossing the finish line, in this order: “1. Chug a bottle of water. 2. Hug my family. 3. Sit down. 4. Eat deep dish pizza.”. Sounds like a great plan. To support Katie, please donate here.
Finally, please meet Alaina Shamp Barnes, Delta Upsilon – University of Tennessee, Martin. Alaina has been serving the Delta Alpha Chapter at Emory University as the Standards Advisor for several years. Alaina is an avid runner, completing a full marathon and multiple half marathons, all of which she chronicles on her blog, The Simple Peach. Running for TEAM ADPi was an easy decision for Alaina, as it includes all of her favorite things: running, Alpha Delta Pi, and philanthropy! She loves RMHC because it’s “a hands on charity. You are able to donate whatever you have whether that’s money, time or items on the wish list. RMHC allows you to make a difference in the lives of families without just mailing a check, so you are able to see who is benefiting from what they do”. Her training includes a ton of early morning runs, spinning, weight training, and yoga. After she crosses the finish line, Alaina is planning to drink something cold and hug her husband. To support Alaina, please donate here.
TEAM ADPi is also selling tee shirts to support our runners! If you would like to purchase one, please visit this website.