Why You Should Join the Girl Scout Go-Getters Chicago Marathon Team

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana is incredibly proud to be a charity partner of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The Chicago Marathon is one of six Abbott World Marathon Majors and an experience of a lifetime. Each year, runners from 50 states and more than 100 countries run through 27 Chicago neighborhoods on a flat and fast course that starts and finishes in Grant Park.

Girl Scouts GCNWI is honored to compile a team each year to complete 26.2 miles around the city. The best part is — our runners work hard to raise funds that help to empower more than 25,000 girls in our council. 

A special shout-out to our 2022 Chicago Marathon runners; you fought through the muscle aches and fatigue and proved just how strong and resilient you can be. 

Take a look at what some of our Girl Scout Go-Getters said was the best part about running the Chicago Marathon. 

Experiencing 26.2 miles in a brand-new city — and supporting an incredible organization.

– Aliza Anderson

Finishing it! Honestly, the Chicago Endurance Sports community, the training, and the GSGCNWI support. It was incredible to feel the energy and cheerleading going into the race that morning – and on the course!

 – Jessica Wetmore

The community. The city of Chicago turns out for the marathon, and you feel the love and support along the entire course. I was so moved by the support from people I knew and strangers who gave their everything to cheer everyone on! Also, the community I built through the summer in my training program. I made some great friends who kept me going week after week! 

-Alaina Greene

“I am a Girl Scout alumnus, volunteer, troop leader, and lifetime member. I wanted to support Girl Scouts GCNWI and bring awareness to all the amazing things they do.”

-Katie Zabielski

Do you want to join the Girl Scout Go-Getter Team for the 2023 Bank of America Chicago Marathon?

We are now accepting applications for the 2023 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, which will take place on October 8, 2023. SPACE IS LIMITED – don’t wait to apply! 

Apply to run the 2023 Chicago Marathon with us » 

The fundraising minimum is $1,250 prior to November 16! After November 16, the required fundraising amount is $1,750.  

We will provide you with a personalized fundraising page and be with you every step in raising funds and running miles for the Girl Scouts! 

When you run with the Girl Scout Go-Getters, you will receive the following: 

  • Guaranteed entry into the 2023 Bank of America Chicago Marathon  
  • Free virtual and in-person training options with Chicago Endurance Sports 
  • Official Girl Scout Go-Getters team running shirt and running belt 
  • Customizable fundraising page to help reach and surpass your goal 
  • Access to all team events (kick-off meeting, pasta party, and other events decided by team) 
  • Free access to Race Day Resort on race day (located next to the start line with food, drinks, and indoor restrooms) 

If you have any questions or need more information, contact Holly Johnson at 312-912-6329 or hjohnson@girlscoutsgcnwi.org

Girl Scout Go-Getters Guest Post Part III

Girl Scout Go-Getters Guest Post Part III

In this guest blog series, we’d like to introduce you to a few members from our Girl Scout Go-Getters team, which will be participating in the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Our final post is from Rebecca Brewer…

Why am I running for Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana?

Well, it was THAT moment that did it. You know the one.  The moment in which you remember a distant experience from the past and realize the deep influence it had been quietly making, your whole life.

It was late 2014 and as an adult settling into a new city, I longed for a new volunteer opportunity. The local Girl Scout council crossed my path. After just a few short weeks into my troop leader journey, I felt overwhelmed with the realization of the impact my own distant Girl Scout years had made in my life.

As a girl, I enjoyed a few wonderful years as a Girl Scout Brownie and, later, a Girl Scout Junior. I remember my first camping trip, many chatter-filled troop meetings, the joyful pride of completing projects around our community, and looking at all of the different badges available, eagerly choosing the next one.

Finally, there was the unforgettable feeling that only comes from exceeding one’s goals, cookie sale goals that is.  This, of course, achieved after many long walks through the neighborhood getting orders, the careful organization, labeling, and bagging of the orders, and then the longer walks to deliver cookies while the family station wagon – packed full of orders – crawled along the evening lit street.

My parents, church, and school all taught me about friendship, honesty, the value and reward of hard work, and the joy of doing something you really really love, but Girl Scouts allowed me to experience the deep impact of those values. When I became an adult, I was ready to take on my career and own my world.

Like many girls, my Girl Scout days faded slowly behind the experiences of high school, college, and starting a career. But when I was reviewing all of the fun options I had available to me as a Girl Scout leader — to pass on the same Girl Scout Promise, Law, and values I had learned so many year before — I became profoundly aware that they had always been a part of my motivation and drive and I reveled in recalling all that they had inspired me to achieve, so far.

And now, what would the girls in my troop do with it? How would they impact their communities and the world? I became so excited for them, and the future!

Over the decades, Girl Scouts continues to be a place where girls can learn who they are, what they love about life, and explore the interest of the present moment! They learn and grow alongside other girls, guided by women and men who believe that, in every girl, lies a leader, a game changer, and a history maker!  I love that I get to be a part of it all!

I’m running in the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon for the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana because the girls of today are the women the world will need tomorrow! It is a unique forum that offers something for every girl, no matter her interest, her ability, or her current circumstances. Every girl can become the woman she wants to be – that’s the opportunity that Girl Scouts provides.

To learn more about you can support Kassie and the Girl Scout Go-Getters, please click here.

 

Girl Scout Go-Getters Guest Post Part II

Girl Scout Go-Getters Guest Post Part II

In this guest blog series, we’d like to introduce you to a few members from our Girl Scout Go-Getters team, which will be participating in the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Next up is Kassie Giesel…

In just a few short weeks, I will be doing something bold in the upcoming year. I will be running my third Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 8, 2017.
Girl Scouts has been a part of my family for three generations and I’m happy to share that my daughter is the fourth generation! Being a leader is also part of our legacy. My great-grandmother was my grandmother’s leader, my mother was a Girl Scout and was also my leader, and now I am my daughter’s Daisy troop leader. 
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My favorite memories from when I was a Girl Scout include camping at White Pines (I can’t wait to do this with my daughter!), horseback riding, crafting projects at monthly meetings, and all of the outings we went on. I can remember going to the zoo, aquarium, museums, bowling, and many more. 
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Growing up as a Girl Scout, I developed courage, confidence and character. It is all of these characteristics that have led me to running a marathon to raise money for charity.
To learn more about you can support Kassie and the Girl Scout Go-Getters, please click here.

Girl Scout Go-Getters Guest Post Part I

Girl Scout Go-Getters Guest Post Part I

In this guest blog series, we’d like to introduce you to a few members from our Girl Scout Go-Getters team, which will be participating in the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. First up is Alex Goh…

As the saying goes, ‘Once a Scout, Always a Scout’ and as an old Boy Scout, I can never resist a chance to support and keep the Scouting spirit alive among our younger generations.

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Scouting has given me so much to live for and I’d like to share this message with everyone, boys and girls. My other passion is running marathons and to be able to engage in both activities in support of humanitarian effort is just truly a most fulfilling experience.

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I am so looking forward to the Chicago Marathon in October and to meeting all our fellow runners and supporters and have a great time keeping the Scouting flames ablaze and contributing to building confidence and pride in the youth.

To learn more about you can support Alex and the Girl Scout Go-Getters, please click here.