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)
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
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!