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Make-A-Wish Illinois' Walk for Wishes 2016

It's time to grant some wishes at this weekend's Walk for Wishes 2016!
Occurring in Elk Grove Village, the event's new Chicagoland location, the walk & run welcomes individuals, families, wish children and corporations to celebrate life and turn dreams into reality for Illinois children with life-threatening diseases. Make a donation, start or join a team, and get ready for a fun time at the Wish Alumni's largest gathering in Illinois!

This family-friendly event is sure to be nothing short of a magical day. With festivities kicking off bright and early at 8am, participants have plenty of time to walk or run, cross that finish line, and enjoy refreshments and live entertainment. Don't forget to sport your best costume!

Get the deets!
What: 5k Walk/Fun Run
When: 8:00am Sunday, September 11th 2016
Where: Busse Woods, Elk Grove Village
Who: Anyone can help grant a wish!
Cost: $30 for adults, $10 ages 2-12, free for children under 2 as well as wish children & their intermediate family
Register: www.walkrunwish.org

As a Chi Omega alumni, I absolutely loved that our philanthropy was the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The feeling of helping a child achieve their wish was bliss. Being active with the organization was honestly one of the top reasons that I choose Chi Omega and couldn't be more proud to be apart of the effort to grant over 13,000 wishes to date. Now that I have graduated, participating in and spreading the word about the foundation's annual Walk for Wishes is a great way to stay connected.

Help spread the word on social media about the event and childhood cancer awareness month by using #Walk4WishesChi and #CCAM!

Can't attend the event but still want to help give a child empowerment? View Make-A-Wish Illinois' list of upcoming events and other ways you can give back!

*All pictures were supplied by Make-A-Wish Illinois

RunDisney's First Virtual Race Was Magical

This summer, RunDisney debuted their first ever virtual race, RunDisney's Virtual Running Shorts Series (try saying that five times in a row). Consisting of three 5k races and the choice to complete all three or a single event, RunDisney's Virtual Running Shorts Series began May 15th and ran until June 30th. Each 5k event lasted a total of 2 weeks each, giving runners plenty of time to complete at their own pace.

Virtual runs are a flexible way to choose when you run, where you run and for how long. For those who are not ready for a full RunDisney race at the parks - or who live too far to visit - the RunDisney Virtual Running Shorts Series gave beginner to advanced runners the perfect opportunity to participate in a one-of-a-kind event. I signed up for all three 5k events, receiving an extra Series Finisher medal and drink tumbler. 

The RunDisney Shorts medals were huge! With each consisting of it's own unique design, the extra Series Finisher medal included features from all three 5k medals to create one magical Mickey Mouse. I especially liked how 'Summer 2016' marked the top of the Series Finisher medal, commemorating a specific time period.

My favorite part of RunDisney's Virtual Running Shorts Series was having flexibility. My first RunDisney race, the 2016 Princess Half Marathon Weekend's Enchanted 10k, was back in February. Since then, I have been dying to participate in another RunDisney race before the 2017 Princess Half Marathon Weekend - read all about my collaboration with Autism Speaks for the 2017 race here. This virtual race gave me the chance to indulge in RunDisney excitement without breaking the bank to fly to a Walt Disney park. 

Photo: rundisney.com

The 2016 RunDisney Virtual Running Shorts Series may be over, however there are many RunDisney races coming up at Walt Disney World and Walt Disney Land. View all of the fun events here!


Fashion Meets Fitness at Nike+ Chicago's NikeWomen BraHaus Event

Who doesn't love fashionable athletic wear?

The Nike Training Club on Michigan Avenue held a week-long NikeWomen BraHaus event, featuring the new and improved Nike Pro Bra Collection. Attendees enjoyed personalized bra fittings, a 30-minute NTC workout, refreshments and more. 

I attended the event's last day, Thursday the 11th, during a 5:30-6:30pm time slot. After checking in with the new Nike+ app and walking through a "Take Care of Your Girls" hallway, I made my way up to the bra-fitting party. 

The Nike Pro Bra Collection recently added new sports bras, ranging from low to high support. Using a special Nike fitting app, NTC employees performed personalized bra fittings to find the best fit and support customized for you. I was measured at 31 inches around and 8 inches from breast to side, resulting in an estimated 34B or size Small. 

I tried on the Nike Pro Indy Cool for low support (pictured above in white) and the Nike Pro Hyper Classic for medium support (pictured above in Black/Hyper Pink). While both were temptingly comfortable, I decided to go with the Nike Pro Indy Cool due to it being a new style that I do not yet have in my closet.

Free customizations were offered for those that purchased from the Nike Pro Bra Collection, as was a special goodie bag including a $20 Nike gift card and bra case. Out of 5 motivational sayings, I choose "I Run My World" to be applied to my new Nike Pro Indy Cool. Perfect inspiration! 

Aside from personalized bra fittings and swag, Nike+ Chicago featured a special photo booth from Sharingbox brought in just for NikeWomen BraHaus. As someone who's always eager for a photo op, I thought this was a great touch to make the event stand out as one of a kind.

I'm not going to lie, I was a little worried about what the NTC workout was going to entail after hearing it was Simone Biles inspired. While I have done some intense training in my past, I was a bit rusty. Luckily, the two Nike Trainers who taught the 5:30pm class - Gina Caifano and Betina Gozo - spent the 30 minutes motivating everyone to do their best and encouraging teamwork. 

Attendees ranged in form of athletic background, making it even more crucial to stress the importance of motivating each other and giving it your all. This was by far the best part of the night that I took away with me. 

After sweating up a storm and enjoying complimentary refreshments, I happily took my Nike swag and already-sore body home. The length of the workout was perfect, elements of the event were unique and I found a new level of comfort in the Nike Pro Bra Collection. Great event, Nike+ Chicago!