ALIVE AND RUNNING

RUN AND SAVE LIVES

Do you love running and animals? Did you know you could run and raise funds at the same time? Well, now you know! We are always looking for new runners to join the Alive and Running team.

All money raised goes towards ALIVE Rescue's mission.

For some, this is an easy choice because you’re already a seasoned runner. You may even be signed up for an upcoming race or planning to do so, but Alive and Running is not just for seasoned runners. Learn more about how it works and what you receive as a runner, below.

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WHAT RUNNERS RECEIVE

Alive and Running registrants can expect the following:

  • Free Alive and Running t-shirt for your race(s)

  • Customizable fundraising web page to give family, friends and co-workers the opportunity to support your race

  • Recognition on our website under the “Meet the Alive and Running Team” section as well as social media recognition

  • ALIVE Rescue cheering section at certain Chicago events 

  • An opportunity to train with other Alive and Running participants

  • An Alive and Running celebration party with other team members

  • On November 1st of each year, we award prizes to our top three Alive and Running fundraisers:

    • 1st Place Fundraiser: Ride along with the founder of ALIVE Rescue to a local shelter to help rescue a dog or cat

    • 2nd Place Fundraiser: Two free tickets to our annual Lucky for Life Gala held in November

    • 3rd Place Fundraiser: Name a cat or dog we rescue from a local animal shelter (minimum $1,000 raised)

 

HOW IT WORKS

  1. Sign up for ANY race this running season ($25.00 registration fee).

  2. Create a fundraising page to raise money to support ALIVE Rescue with a fundraising minimum of $150.00

  3. Share your fundraising link on social media and email to invite your friends and family to support your run.

  4. Train and be awesome in your race!

 

THE ALIVE AND RUNNING TEAM

Hannah Nicolet
Hannah Nicolet

ALIVE and Running Coordinator

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Mackenzie Gorham
Mackenzie Gorham

ALIVE and Running Coordinator

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Jayme Czocher
Jayme Czocher

ALIVE and Running Coordinator Race: 10/10/21 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon This will be my 3rd Chicago Marathon! When I’m not running to raise awareness and support for animal adoption, you can find me surrounding myself with friends, family and of course my two rescues Pippen and Duncan.  I love to travel, go to concerts and cheer for the Chicago White Sox and my beloved Fighting Illini!

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Whitney Zweifel
Whitney Zweifel

ALIVE and Running Coordinator

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Charles Gassenheimer
Charles Gassenheimer

Race: 10/10/21 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon I believe that every animal has the right to a well-balanced, socialized and fulfilled live. I’m excited for a chance to run for the animals of ALIVE. My wife and I are also proud parents of an adopted rescue pup, Bella Bear.

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Eric Davidson
Eric Davidson

Race: 10/10/21 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon I grew up in Racine, WI (but am a Cubs and Bears fan!) and have lived in Chicago for 18 years now. In my free time when I'm not training, I enjoy homebrewing, playing guitar and listening to music, cooking, gardening and spending time with my wife and our dog, ALIVE alum Rocko.

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Courtney Rodman
Courtney Rodman

Besides running, I enjoy spending time with my two rescued pups, playing piano, reading, attending concerts (pre-covid), and hiking!

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Declan Ryan
Declan Ryan

Race: 10/10/21 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Declan lives in New York City and enjoys running working out, hiking, attending stand-up comedy shows/concerts as well as target shooting.

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Gabriel Joseph
Gabriel Joseph

Race: 10/10/21 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon I was born in the north shore suburbs but I spent most of my life in Seattle until I moved back to Chicago a few years ago. My wife and I do a lot of dog rescue, and lately with Covid we have spent a lot of time on DIY home renovations. I work in broadcast television as an engineer.

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Kerri Smetana
Kerri Smetana

Race: 10/10/21 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon I am originally from Florida and am currently getting my masters at Loyola University in Environmental Sustainability. Outside of running, I love to cook (and eat!). I am running to honor my dog Roux and dogs like her. My boyfriend and I rescued her October 2020 and she has made our lives better ever since! I want to help animals like her find their forever homes!

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Isabel Kellman
Isabel Kellman

Race: 10/10/21 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon My name is Isabel and this will be my third Chicago marathon - I’m slow, but steady! I moved to Chicago a few years ago from NYC and am still learning the city, so any fun recommendations are always appreciated. I work in interior design and love to paint and design textiles and wallpaper on the side. I like to travel (pre-pandemic ha!), especially out West to Montana to visit my family and doggo in Bozeman. Once in a bigger place, I’m hoping

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Marte Schaffmeyer
Marte Schaffmeyer

Race: 10/10/21 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon I live in Chicago, but grew up in Wisconsin with a cocker spaniel who was truly my best friend. I started seriously running during the pandemic, and it's been a great comfort and stress-reliever. Outside of running, I'm a Senior Product Manager at Paypal. When I'm not running or working, I'm an avid reader and a board game fanatic.

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MiKealy Thomas
MiKealy Thomas

Race: 10/10/21 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon My name is MiKealy and I am a Graphic Designer, originally from Colorado who loves getting outside and being active! During the pandemic I was looking for a community that I could get involved with and that's how I found ALIVE and their charity running program. I am so excited for the opportunity to combine my passion for running and helping others as I raise money for all of the incredible animals at ALIVE Rescue.

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Patti Crawford
Patti Crawford

Race: 10/10/21 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Patti is a runner and animal lover, and also enjoys hiking and baking.

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Robert Schleich
Robert Schleich

Race: 10/10/21 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Besides running I'm really big into the outdoors so hiking/camping/kayaking almost every weekend!

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Ruchira Ray
Ruchira Ray

I'm from Milwaukee, but have lived all over the country. Now, I live in Bucktown with my fiance and our two corgis. I enjoy all things food related, reading, going to concerts, and traveling whenever I can!

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Sarah Lent
Sarah Lent

Race: 10/10/21 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon My name is Sarah and I moved to Chicago in July 2020, mid pandemic, with my two cats Margaret and Maeve (Margaret is pictured with me as she is the one more likely to be on my lap). I am a classroom teacher at a private preschool in the Bucktown neighborhood. Prior to moving here I spent 10 years in Denver, Colorado working within the education system. I’m originally from the Philadelphia area in Pennsylvania. I didn’t start running until

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Tori Sarantakis
Tori Sarantakis

Race: 10/10/21 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon My name is Tori Sarantakis and I live In Arlington Heights!. I went to Illinois State University and did gymnastics there all four years! I'm currently a 5h grade teacher at Kimball Hill Elementary school. Some hobbies of mine include snowboarding, wakeboarding, boating, and traveling! I've never ran a marathon before, but I'm excited to see where this journey is going to take me!

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Sonia Perez Gandara
Sonia Perez Gandara

Race: 10/10/21 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon I am originally from the Little Village neighborhood in Chicago and am a fur mom to three rescues — two bunnies and a senior pittie mix! I enjoy traveling, hitting up the trails with my dog, weight lifting and boxing, music and concerts, and spending time with family and friends.

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