2010 Chicago Marathoners Who Inspire

Friday, Jun 3, 2011  |  Updated 7:14 PM CDT
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2010 Chicago Marathoners Who Inspire

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The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is calling Race Day -- 10/10/10 -- a Date to Motivate.

Get inspired with the stories, below, of five Chicago marathoners who persevered through hardship to accomplish so much.

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Five Who Inspire: Daniel Malinski
After Daniel's daughter was born with a heart defect and his father suffered a heart attack, he was inspired to live a healthier lifestyle. He has lost more than 100 pounds during marathon training while raising money for the American Heart Association.

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Five Who Inspire: Michele Hale
Michele is competing in her 10th Chicago Marathon with Opportunity Enterprises, which serves people with physical and developmental disabilities, including her own daughter.

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Five Who Inspire: Vanessa Vorhies
Vanessa is a debut marathoner running as a captain for Team Thresholds, which provides mental health services for patients in Chicago.

 

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Five Who Inspire: William Beiersdorf
William, a Naval reservist, is motivated by a desire to help provide military families in need the support they deserve.

 

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Five Who Inspire: Merri Lazenby
Merri endured losing her father and gaining weight during her recovery. She's running her first marathon to prove her complete recovery and to raise funds for Cal's Angels, an organization which provides support to families of cancer patients.

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