Why do you run for Imerman Angels?
Deep down inside I wish that I could be a caregiver mentor angel, but I’ve never had the courage to do so. I run because I can. I run with Team IA because I am so impressed by those that can open themselves up by sharing their stories and being there for another person facing cancer. I wish that I could put cancer behind me and pretend like it never happened and that it didn’t create a new normal, but I’ll never get away from it. So I make the best from the worst. I run and fundraise because it is the least that I can do for such a great organization. I am overwhelmingly impressed by the Mentor Angels, they blow my mind.
What is it about running that connects you to the mission?
The journey and the training up to and including the race reminds me of those that face cancer. Every effort is put into making sure that you remain strong and push yourself to the end. When the finish line is in sight, you can drag yourself, tired and empty, across the finish line knowing that you can finally rest. What strikes me is the fact that you are surrounded by supporters the entire race. Unless you have someone running with you the whole way, it is easy to feel alone. We need people who will join us on the path who really understand how hard the race is and who will celebrate with you as you cross the finish line.
Tell us about your connection to the Chicago Marathon?
The 2007 Chicago Marathon was my first Marathon; at the time I was running for the Young Survival Coalition which was a wonderful source of support for my wife. For those that remember, 2007 was so hot that they cancelled it midway through the race. Fortunately, I was less than a quarter mile away from the finish line, so nothing was going to stop me. I learned that day that marathons are unpredictable. The best we could do was give everything we had and try to not look surprised.
What’s your favorite race?
Chicago Marathon will always have a special place in my heart. 2013 will be my 7th Chicago Marathon and hopefully my 21st Marathon overall. I have never run a race with so much spectator support. The opportunity to run through all the different neighborhoods in Chicago is what makes this such an incredible race. It is the biggest race that I have ever run at 45,000 capacity, compared to the Stone Bridge Marathon, where I have only ran past two people, which is at 200 capacity.
What’s your favorite Team IA moment?
It is hard to pinpoint my favorite moment, but running with wings and a big pink puff on your head is always a good time. I think it is awesome when runners talk with me during the marathon about why I am wearing the wings. I actually love all the attention around the wing and wig. They laugh, point, and take pictures. Plus I get to talk about how much I love Imerman Angels.
Join Team Imerman Angels in our biggest race of the year, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
In 2012, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon sold out in six days. Register today as a Team Imerman Angels athlete. As one of the World Marathon Majors, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is a premier race for elite runners. Chicago is also a great choice for a first-time marathoner. It is a fast and flat course with over 1.7 million spectators to keep you motivated as you run through 29 of Chicago’s great neighborhoods. On Sunday, October 13, 45,000 runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will set out to accomplish this big goal.
Benefits for our Chicago Marathon runners include:
Team Membership in all 2013 Events
- A Team Imerman Angels tech shirt or t-shirt
- A personalized fundraising page with support
- Complimentary marathon training with CARA (Chicago Area Runners Association)
- Access to Chicago Marathon specific events such as our pre-race Pasta Dinner & Post-Race Bash
- The knowledge that all money raised will help provide 1-on-1 support to cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers
All interested runners are encouraged to register for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon when registration opens on February 19th at 12:00pm CST. This race will sell out quickly this year.
Whether you are going for distance or speed this running season, there is one way to add just a little more meaning towards your passion: running for a great cause.
What is Team IA? An athletic team that supports Imerman Angels. Every fundraising page created, jersey worn while training, and individual you tell about Imerman Angels helps raise awareness through your network and in the community.
Choose ANY RACE, ANY WHERE to represent Imerman Angels.
We have runners representing Imerman Angels at races across the country and beyond. In Chicago, you’ll be in the company of numerous Imerman Angels runners at these races: Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle, Soldier Field 10 Miler, 13.1 Chicago, Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, South Shore Triathlon, Chicago Triathlon, September Half Marathon, Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and Hot Chocolate 15k/5k.
Check back into our blog over the next few weeks. We will be sharing inspirational stories and experiences from our team as we lead up to the 2013 Chicago Marathon Registration. Or take the plunge and join our team at www.firstgiving.com/imermanangels/2013 and put some wings into your race!
Congratulations to all of our Active runners who made it across the finish line! We noticed more light blue jerseys than ever this year and appreciate everyone who showed love for 1-on-1 cancer support by repping IA in the streets. We also wanted to thank the marathon for donating tips from the beer tent to us! This generous donation, along with the vendors, trainers and volunteers in our post-race tent, are huge to us and our mission. Your support helps us to ensure that no one faces cancer alone!
Come cheer on our Imerman Active team on Sunday as they take on the CHICAGO MARATHON! Jonny will be amongst our 170 IA speed demons (including a bunch of cancer survivors) tearing it up.
5:30 a.m. Imerman Angels Tent Opens to runners/volunteers
6:50 a.m. Jonny Imerman, founder of Imerman Angels, speaks
7:00 a.m. All runners leave the tent and head to the start line
10:30 a.m. Tent opens to friends and family
3:20 p.m. Imerman Angels Tent Closes 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. Imerman Angels Post Race Party at Bull & Bear (431 N. Wells)!
IA will also be hosting a tent in charity village packed with a dj, trainers, massages, snacks- marathon basics. Bring out your pom poms!