SoleMate Spotlight: Chad Widensky

Today we feature one of our 2015 NYC Half Marathon SoleMates & a Girls on the Run dad, Chad!

When did you start running?
I have always run as part of my training for other sports and events, but it wasn’t until my daughter started Girls on the Run at PS 87 that I really began to appreciate running as sport.

Not only did I see the amazing things it did for her, but it also became a great bonding time for us.  As I began to run more and more, I decided I wanted to challenge myself further by running a half marathon this year.

Tell us why you chose to run with Girls on the Run NYC:
When I learned that I could gain entry into the NYC Half Marathon by raising money for Girls on the Run NYC, it was a no brainer to take the challenging leap of running 13.1 miles, while at the same time raising money for such an amazing program.  I was fortunate to spend a lot of time around the PS 87 program and I got to see what a positive impact Girls on the Run had on my daughter and her classmates, both physically and emotionally.  It is unfortunate that every school in the city does not have a Girls on the Run program, and with the money we are raising, I am happy to know that more schools will be added.  

What has been your favorite part of training for this half marathon?
I am training hard each week and I would be remiss if I did not give a shout out to the Nike Running App which has been a great motivator for the past 7 weeks.  I have rigorously followed my program and I can honestly say I look forward to running 5 days a week (even on the days when the “real feel” hovers or drops below zero!).

Prior to Girls on the Run, I wouldn’t run outside when the temp dropped below 50 degrees and now that even sounds too hot!  I have loved the additional challenge that comes with training outside in this weather.

What fundraising tips do you have for other SoleMates?
With regard to fundraising, I had no gimmicks or great event ideas.  I simply wrote down my feelings about Girls on the Run and blasted this out to about 170 people.  I believe my friends and colleagues like me, but I know that the story of how this program changed me, my daughter and has the potential to help those that can’t afford to participate on their own, is really what has driven my success.  Whether you have experienced the program first hand or not, get the story out and money will come.

As a father, I can’t express how much I appreciate all those involved in putting together such an amazing program.  As a runner, I wake up every day excited for the challenge and look forward to my training.  As a fundraiser, I have my great friends and colleagues to thank for their generosity.

Thank you for your above and beyond support Chad!
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