Chicago, Illinois (April 11, 2011) – Runners will be hitting the streets of Chicago this October when Non-Profit Chiropractic Organization (NPCO) fields its’ largest charity team ever at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon this fall. The October 9, 2011 event will be the third time NPCO participates in this world-famous race that brings together runners from all over the world.
Running 26.2 miles is no easy feat and the majority of Team NPCO for Chiropractic runners join the team with no prior running experience. “Our Chicago Marathon team consists of people who are passionate about the chiropractic profession and how chiropractic healthcare has helped them personally, and how chiropractic can literally change the lives of others. Whether our runners are working as a Chiropractic Doctor, receiving life-changing care as a patient, or are passionate chiropractic students, they step up to meet the challenge and in doing so they have an experience of a life-time. In contrast, we also have avid runners on our team who are training hard to set a Personal Record in Chicago to qualify for the Boston Marathon. As Team NPCO runners spend many months training and finally arrive in Chicago in October, they will be running the race to represent Chiropractic Healthcare and will be touching and changing lives, one mile at a time,” explains NPCO President Doctor Joshua Heines.
Registration for the Chicago Marathon opened in February to the general public but sold-out in a record 31 days. As an Associate Charity with the Chicago Marathon charity program, NPCO has limited entries available to the sold-out race that are currently being awarded to any interested runners. Doctors, patients, and supporters of Chiropractic are encouraged to apply and request an entry from NPCO as soon as possible, as the limited available entries will fill up fast. NPCO has created one of the best charity running programs for the Chicago Marathon for 2011.
Doctor Marc from Illinois has caught the “running bug” and will be running as a member of Team NPCO for the third time. Well-known to NPCO alumni runners for his outgoing personality, Dr. Marc inspires and encourages runners on race-day but also in the months leading up to the marathon. “I enjoy sharing my story with fellow Doctors and runners who are on the fence about signing up for a 26.2 mile marathon. There is no excuse to not sign up for something that will challenge you, inspire you, get your body healthier and ultimately represent our chiropractic profession as you run amongst 45,000 runners and over a million spectators! I was a member of the inaugural 2009 Chicago Marathon team and finished the race – slowly, but proudly! I am continuing to challenge myself with increased running challenges that include a short 8k in downtown Chicago, 3 Half Marathons, 3 Full Marathons and the 204.1 mile Ragnar Relay in June. In total my training will log close to 2,700 miles through this season. That is more than 6 times the length of the State of Illinois (395 miles) and over 12 times the width of the state (210 miles)! I hope that my fellow Chiropractors will join me this October at the Chicago Marathon!”
NPCO is an official 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing chiropractic healthcare to individuals, families and communities living within the harsh realities of poverty around the world. More information on the Chicago Marathon and applying for a sold-out entry can be found at www.NPCO.org or by emailing [email protected].