Running With A Purpose

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Each year TeamAICR has the opportunity of welcoming amazing athletes who come from all over the country and all walks of life.  Some choose to take on the challenge of a marathon for personal goals while others run in memory or in honor of a loved one.  This year, TeamAICR had the pleasure and honor of having Mr. Chris Ford as part of the 2015 Virgin London Marathon team. 

Chris proves that it is never too late to begin a challenge.  He started running marathons after the age of 40. “My first marathon was the Chicago Marathon, which captivated me as waves of runners traverse the different ethnic neighborhoods of Chicago.”  Chris stuck with the Chicago Marathon and has now participated five times.  This past summer he decided it was time for a new setting and a new challenge.  “I decided it was time for me to branch out.  So I started researching what are often called ‘the world marathons.’” He came across the Virgin London Marathon and learned he could run on behalf of TeamAICR.  This led him to the decision of running in memory and honor of his dear friend Tracy Ayers, who lost her battle with cancer seven years ago.  

chris and dorothy

After months of training Chris set off to London with his dear friend Dorothy Mahan, Tracy’s mother.  “My friendship with Dorothy spans most of my life—beginning with Dorothy patiently putting up with my high energy in her eighth grade English class.”  The two friends flew to London where Chris ran the 26.2 miles of the marathon in memory of Tracy.  Chris surpassed his fundraising goal and has now raised over $6,000 to support the research and education programs of AICR.

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