The below is an exerpt from an article written by Lori Hammelman of the Rochelle News-Leader. Read the full article in the Rochelle News-Leader
Somewhere in the sea of the thousands of runners in this year’s Chicago Marathon were two of Rochelle’s very own – Mandy Hale and John Whitaker.
Even though the goal to cross the finish line is the same, both have two different stories of how they prepared as well as what kept them motivated throughout the long run.
This was the third 26.2-mile marathon for Hale, having also completed a half marathon along with three triathlons and a number of 5K and 10K events. For this marathon, she ran as part of Team Kidney, who helped to raise money for the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.
“The National Kidney Foundation improves the health and well-being of people at risk for or affected by kidney disease through prevention, education and empowerment,” she said.
“Knowing that I contributed funds that will improve the lives of people with kidney disease was very fulfilling for me.”