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TEAM PAWS Chicago Member Benefits for Athlete’s Choice
TEAM PAWS Chicago is dedicated to helping you achieve your personal athletic goals while making a difference in the lives of homeless animals.  All members receive access to professional training, fundraising coaching, community of support, and inspiration every step of the way.  TEAM PAWS Chicago will help you finish your event and together we can achieve the building of No Kill communities, end the overpopulation of homeless animals, and transform animal welfare.

Below is a listing of all the perks TEAM PAWS Chicago members participating in Athlete’s Choice will receive:

     Official TEAM PAWS Chicago Singlet  All TEAM PAWS Chicago members receive a TEAM PAWS Navy singlet.

     Official TEAM PAWS Chicago Fan Club Shirt  Use this shirt to easily find your biggest fan on the race route!

              TEAM PAWS Chicago Finishers Medal

     FREE Entry into the PAWS Chicago 5K Walk/Run  All TEAM PAWS Chicago members will receive one 
                                             complimentary registration into Chicago’s largest dog-friendly walk.  We will also have a group photo and
                                             members get to start at the front of the runners’ corral. 

     Social Events  Meet fellow team members on fun runs, happy hours, dog-friendly events, and group
                                             fundraising opportunities. 

    PAWS Professional Board Membership Fee Waived for One Year  TEAM PAWS Chicago members will receive
                                            waived fees for one year if they join the PAWS Chicago Professional Board (value $250).  To see a listing of
                                            requirements and more information, please visit our website HERE. 
   Fundraising Tools  Fundraising is easy with a personal fundraising web page, coaching, and resources to
                                           help you reach your fundraising requirements.

   Guided Mentorship  Receive personal guidance from our seasoned pros, our Shepherds, who are not only
                                           past TEAM PAWS Chicago participants but also top fundraisers.  Your Shepherd for Athlete's Choice is Robin
.  About Robin:

This is Robin’s fourth season as a member of TEAM PAWS Chicago. She’s participated in numerous runs including five 10Ks, six 15Ks, four half marathons, and two marathons.  She is also a volunteer with PAWS Chicago as she “loves to give back while also running”.  Before TPC she had almost no experience fundraising on my own for an organization. Since then, she’s participated in beer-tent fundraisers, hosted her own charity workout class, and helped run the TPC tent at the PAWS Chicago 5K. Every year Robin has exceeded my fundraising commitment, earning the coveted "Nine Lives" singlet (for raising $3000 total) in 2017 and in 2018 was honored as one of our Alfredo Cotto Award recipients for all her work with PAWS Chicago and TEAM PAWS Chicago.

Training Enjoy training and nutrition resources from our coaches and discounted training from our partners.

2019 Training Partners:  Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) and Chicago Endurance Sports (CES) are long time supporters of TEAM PAWS Chicago, offering discounted group and virtual training options to our members!
Since its start in 1989, CARA has helped tens of thousands of runners complete the 26.2-mile course in Chicago and at other fall races.  CARA has helped aspiring marathoners and seasoned veterans alike make it to the finish line, and they can help you too!  CARA is conquering the winter months with their Power of the Group.  Prepare for April and May marathons through CARA’s group training program that offers you the support, community and resources you need to successfully reach 26.2.  For more information, visit their website HERE.
CES and their dedicated coaches have guided athletes of ALL levels across the finish line of the Berlin, Chicago and NYC Marathons for over 17 years.  Their program will prepare you for the race, no matter what your experience level is. Looking for a PR? Their coaches will challenge you with challenging, effective, smart training!  For more information, visit their website HERE.

2019 TEAM PAWS Chicago Coaches
Available to ALL our 2019 TEAM PAWS Chicago members are the advice and assistance from our 2019 Coaches who generously donate their time and expertise to our members.  Our coaches answer members’ general questions on running, nutrition, training, race day, etc. for FREE.  In addition to also offering our members discounted training, they host FREE clinics, fun runs and other events for our members throughout the year.   
  Coach Mark Buciak
Mark (PB 2:30:25) has over 45 years of coaching and running experience, having run 62 career marathons − including 39 consecutive Boston Marathons and 7 Chicago Marathons.  He is a member of the Boston Marathon's Quarter Century Club ("QCC").  Coach Mark has successfully coached runners and run-walkers of all abilities, from first-time marathoners to sub 3-hour marathoners.  His coaching style incorporates the 4 E’s:   Education, Encouragement, Empowerment and Enjoyment.  Coach Mark’s program has a 100% success rate for completion of the 2007-2018 Chicago and Boston Marathons, including many Personal Bests.  He offers his runners direct access 24 hours a day and is ready to help you achieve your running & fund-raising goals including individual fundraising parties at Kiehls.
  Coach Randy Egge
Randy is an USA Triathlon level 1 and USA Cycling level 3 certified coach and has helped athletes of various abilities and experience achieve their goals.  He is also a regular volunteer at PAWS Chicago, PAWS Chicago 2017 Volunteer of the Year and a TEAM PAWS Chicago member since 2015.  He is an 8-time Boston Marathon qualifier (7-time finisher with number 8 in 2017) and has completed numerous marathons, Ironman, 70.3, and ultra-endurance events. His triathlon pursuits earned him USA Triathlon All American Honorable mention, Ironman Silver Level All American awards, and two-time qualifier for the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships. He draws on his personal experiences with weight loss (60 pounds), numerous marathons, Ironman and ultra-endurance races to help his athletes succeed.  Randy believes that all personal and athletic achievement begins with the all-important, “first step,” and he inspires people to have the confidence to take that big first step and reach for their life and athletic goals.
  Coach Seth Kopf
Seth is a certified USA Track & Field and Road Runners Club of America running coach. He is the owner of Kopf Running, an endurance coaching company based in the Chicago area, and has helped thousands of athletes successfully complete races of varying distances. He is the proud finisher of 10 Bank of America Chicago Marathons, and is equally proud to have participated as a charity athlete on 9 different occasions.
  Coach Denise Sauriol
Denise has been coaching beginning runners through Ironman finishers since 2011. She loves helping runners so much that she left her 26-year career to coach full time. She has a lot of experience to share having run over 200 races (and counting) around the world (including 89 marathons, 100-miler, 2 Wisconsin Ironman, Rim2Rim2Rim and 10 Boston Marathons).  She has also completed all 6 of the Abbott World Marathon Majors.  Throughout the year, she offers group, virtual and one on one training for all distances (5K, half, full, 50K, 50-miler, 100 miler). Through the training season, she is accessible via email and at the group workouts. This will be Denise's 3rd year coaching for TEAM PAWS Chicago. The 2018 Chicago Marathon was her 24th Chicago Marathon and 100th Marathon!

Please note that perks vary across events and are based on the featured race type and minimum fundraising level.  TEAM PAWS Chicago recognizes that not everyone will be able to take advantage of all perks (for example, those who live outside of Chicago) but we are unable to adjust minimum fundraising requirements for those who do not take advantage of the perks offered.  If you raise over the minimum commitment and reach a different race's minimum, you will not receive those perks.  Instead, you will be eligible for fundraising prizes for going above and beyond your minimum requirement.  You may only receive the perks associated with the race you register for.  Perks are non-transferable and offered to registered TEAM PAWS Chicago members only.