Team CIF Gears Up for Race Day

September 16,  2015

In less than one month, nine runners for Center for Independent Futures will take on the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. These dedicated athletes have spent their summers training and fundraising as they worked toward their goals: to run 26.2 miles and raise $1,000 for the hopes and dreams of individuals with disabilities.

The team will celebrate with Center for Independent Futures participants, staff, and board members before the race at the annual Team CIF Pasta Party, where runners will meet the community benefiting from all of their hard work and fuel up for the big day. On race day, October 11, Center for Independent Futures will be waiting for Team CIF at the Charity Mile block party at mile 14, ready to cheer on our runners as they make their way toward the finish line.  

Six Team CIF members will be completing their first marathon, which is a monumental achievement. We are especially grateful for the loyalty of our three returning runners for their continued commitment. Together, our nine runners have raised over $6,000 so far–60 percent of the team’s $10,000 goal. To support the team, visit the Crowdrise page here and click on the red button on the right side that says “Donate to this fundraiser.” You can donate to individual runners by clicking on a name or picture and then clicking on the red donate button there.

Throughout the summer, Team CIF has hosted several fundraisers at Evanston restaurants to raise money for the team. Thank you to World of Beer, Blaze Pizza, and Potbelly Sandwich Shop for your generosity! There’s still one more chance to indulge to support the team. From 2-8 p.m. on October 1, Bake425 will donate 15 percent of all purchases associated with Center for Independent Futures, including gift cards. Just mention "CIF" when you place your order at either Evanston location for artisanal bake-at-home pizzas, gourmet salads, unique small-batch sodas, and family-sized cookies. Gluten-free pizza is available. For details, visit the event page on Center fo rINdependent Futures calendar

To learn more about how you can support Team CIF by donating, attending the Bake 425 fundraiser, or cheering for the team on race day, contact Elizabeth Male at (847) 328-2044.


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