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A New 26.2 Challenge

Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein

Welcome back!

I'm still beaming from the 2018 Chicago Marathon. I didn't know it was possible to run happy for 26.2 miles straight (and in the rain, no less), but I have pictures to prove it. With your help, I raised over $1,850 for PAWS Chicago and was invited to return to the team this coming year as a Shepherd for the 2019 Chicago Marathon team as well as a run leader for first-time 5K runners next June. But I won't be lining up at the start of the 2019 Chicago Marathon; to my utter dismay, my name was not drawn in the lottery, so I'm setting my sights on other races as I support next year's team in their fundraising and training.

I will be focusing my own efforts toward another 26.2 challenge in 2019: the Chicagoland Half Marathon Series, which includes the Chicago Spring Half Marathon in May and the Chicago Half Marathon in September. I've run both of these races a couple of times before, and I'm hungry for a significant personal record. I have new training strategies, but faster times should be in the cards as long as I can manage to steer clear of major injury and illness.

We are getting closer than ever to a No Kill city as PAWS Chicago embarks on the much-needed expansion of the Medical Center in Little Village. This is the first stop for all PAWS Chicago animals, and every treatable and rehabilitatable pet is saved. PAWS Chicago has a whopping 98.4% save rate, setting an example for rescue organizations around the country. Healthy animals are microchipped and spayed or neutered before heading to the adoption centers, while sick and injured animals can receive surgery, medication, foster care, and/or isolation that they need before they can find their forever homes.

As a volunteer, I can be found at the medical center or the Lincoln Park adoption center, walking dogs, petting kittens, doing laundry, reveling in a puppy playgroup, doing dishes, working with adoptable dogs in training classes, or counseling new adopters through the adoption process. Simply put, PAWS Chicago is my happy place, and I am honored to support this organization every time I lace up my running shoes.

Please consider supporting me by making a donation and helping PAWS Chicago provide vital medical care, food and shelter to thousands of homeless pets this year. PAWS receives no government funding and relies solely on people like you to help provide continued care for Chicago's homeless animals.

If you are feeling extra generous, please consider sharing my page with your network or check with your employer if they will match your donation to make the most out of your generosity.

Thank you for your support!


raised of $650 goal

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1. ONE80 Entertainment
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12 Bars of Charity Ticket
3. Poco Rothstein
Go Caroline! My tail is wagging for you!