By: Ruth Durband, Patient Relations Representative at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
Published on April 09, 2015
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal for many folks in Chicago. The city goes all out with events and activities to celebrate the holiday. But the highlight for me each year is running in the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle. The 8K course (almost 5 miles) is lined with people cheering on the runners—many of them dressed in green to celebrate the occasion.
This year, in addition to sponsoring the Shamrock Shuffle, Advocate also established a charity team of runners. Our inaugural Inspired to Run – Shamrock Shuffle team was made up of 20 runners who raised a combined total of over $5,000 to benefit an Advocate program of their choice.
The weather on race day was particularly cool and windy. Our Inspired to Run team huddled together in our heated team tent until it was time to walk to our start corral. During the run, we encouraged each other on all the way to the end—giving high-fives when we saw fellow team members on the course. The supportive comradery among the team inspires everyone to do their best.
Back at our team tent after the run, Advocate volunteers greeted us with post-race treats and celebratory sparkling Gatorade drinks. I’m very appreciative for the volunteers that helped make the race-day experience extra special for us runners.
I’m grateful to be a part of an amazing team of people who turn their passion for running into making a difference in the lives of others throughout Advocate Health Care. If you too are passionate about making a difference, join me as a member of Advocate’s Inspired to Run – Chicago Marathon teamthis year!