As our Team United Way runners continue to train for the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, we’re sharing their stories with all of you – their supporters! Next in our blog series is Alex Murphy, United Way’s Senior Manager of Community Impact – Health. Read on to find out why Alex decided to run for the United Way.
When did you start running? I always liked to run as a little kid and used to race my brother down the block any chance we had (I never won) but started running track in high school after I played softball as an underclassmen on the varsity team and they only put me in to pinch run. Figured I might as well go ahead and do that full time. My dad also used to run marathons competitively which I always thought was so cool and he inspired me to sign up for my first race.
Where is your favorite place to run/train? The only answer is Chicago’s lakefront. But- I also love to run when I travel. I stand firm that running is the coolest way to explore a new town.
How do you stay motivated while you run? Ugh it’s hard. The lakefront is optimal because any time of day there are people out being active and I always find that inspiring, all ages, levels etc.
Why You Are Running For Team United Way This is my first time running for charity and I was inspired by two things 1) the beautiful city and lakefront path that I once again call home and 2) the amazing organization that I am proud to call my employer. I’m running the marathon this year as a challenge to myself but also in support of United Way’s 198 community partners. It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of the UW team.