Chicago Urban Race

benefiting The Children's Heart Foundation

The Chicago Urban Race is an exciting day of teams experiencing the thrills of a Chicago version of the Amazing Race that is one part trivial pursuit and one part urban adventure--all to raise funds and awareness for an often overlooked yet important cause.

2014 Chicago Urban Race
for CHD Research

On Saturday, April 26, 2014, we held our 2nd Annual Chicago Urban Race benefiting The Children's Heart Foundation.  Though this year's Race Day was chillier than last year, the sun was out and fun was had by all.

After the Race, we were privileged to hear from our distinguished guest speaker, Dr. Marla Mendelson, Associate Professor in Medicine-Cardiology and Pediatrics-Genetics, Birth Defects and Metabolism at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Director of both the Adult Congenital Heart and Women's Cardiovascular Health programs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute.  Dr. Mendelson spoke about congenital heart defects (CHD), the importance of further research in this area and the role she has played as a clinician, researcher and advocate in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with CHD.  Dr. Mendelson is also an active member of The Children's Heart Foundation's Medical Advisory Board.  If you would like to learn more about Dr. Mendelson's work in heart disease, particularly among women and children, please see her interview on NMHChicago's Youtube channel.

In closing, we were honored to have Michael Stuart with his 5 1/2 year old son, Noah Stuart, who was born with a CHD, speak about his and his family's experience of having a child with a CHD and graciously give closing comments to all those who participated in this year's Race before we announced Race and raffle prize winners.


We would like to congratulate the following winning teams of the 2014 Chicago Urban Race:

 1st Place ($300 Cash Prize)
Team Shoop

Katie Cisneros (Team Captain), Ali Emery, Lauren Emery & Kate Goyert
Finish time:  2:16:47

2nd Place ($100 Cash Prize)
Team Rainbow Penguins

Patrick O'Kane (Team Captain), Rebecca McMurray & Lindsey Szymczak
Finish time:  2:31:00

3rd Place ($50 Cash Prize)
Team Big 10 Penguins

Kyle Bantz (Team Captain) & Pradeep Bugga
Finish time:  2:31:15


Best Costume (KOVAL Distillery Tour for 4)
Team Ladies of the 80's
Kandace Barker (Team Captain), Tatiana Arrington, Natalie Mitchell & Nicole Mitchell

Best Facebook Photo Post (Wine Package)
Team The Real Housewives of Duluth

Kathy Cohen (Team Captain), Johna Porter, Whitney Reichard & Stephanie Stewart

Top Fundraisers
   Courtne Olson, Aubre's Dream Team (Kayak Chicago Guided Tour for 2)
   Total donations raised: $680

   Sarah DeNeve, Team Mia's Merry Monsters (Wine & Canvas for 2)
   Total donations raised: $550
 

Thank you again to all participants and volunteers who came to support our 2014 event!

2013 Chicago Urban Race
for CHD Research

Chicago, thank you for your overwhelming support of our inaugural Chicago Urban Race benefiting The Children's Heart Foundation which was a huge success!  Fun was had by all and the weather was absolutely fantastic!

Nearly 300 racers who formed 90 teams converged on Lucky Strike on the morning of Saturday, April 27, 2013, before embarking on an urban adventure for charity and for some fun in the sun.  In just a few short hours, we were collectively able to raise $1,780 for Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) research from just our charity t-shirt sale challenge and raffle alone !

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The morning started off with a few words from our guest speaker, Bill Coon, a CHD survivor, two-time heart transplant recipient and kidney transplant recipient, who briefly recounted his life experience of being born with a CHD.  We then sent all of our 90 teams on a clue-solving scavenger hunt to complete at least 9 of 10 checkpoint challenges around the Windy City that tested their wits and resourcefulness.  At the conclusion of the Race, siblings Julia and Drew Hauber, the latter of whom is a CHD survivor, graciously gave closing comments before we announced Race and raffle prize winners. 


We would like to congratulate the following winning teams of the first Chicago Urban Race:

 1st Place ($300 Cash Prize)
Team Drew

Julia Hauber (Team Captain), Matt Liguzinski, Kevin McHugh, & Molly Williams
Finish time:  2:14:35

2nd Place
($100 Cash Prize)
Team Beer is Good for the Heart

Betsy Staar (Team Captain), Daniel Murphy, Matt Smith & Jacob Staar
Finish time:  2:20:55

3rd Place ($50 Cash Prize)
Team Shoop

Kate Goyert (Team Captain), Katie Cisneros, Lauren Emery, & Rana Tadros
Finish time:  2:25:48

Best Costume (Lucky Strike Red Pin Lucky Party for 8 Prize)

Team Discovery Channel 
Caroline Gajzler (Team Captain), Derrick Moy & Andy Steckling

Thank you again to all the participants and volunteers who came to support this inaugural event to make it such a success!

2013 logo created by Maricarmen Flores

2013 logo created by Maricarmen Flores