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TEAM PAWS Chicago Member Benefits

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 the BMW Berlin Marathon will receive:


     Guaranteed Charity Entry into the 2019 BMW Berlin Marathon  After you register with TEAM PAWS Chicago,
                                             staff will enter you into the marathon. 
 
     Official TEAM PAWS Chicago Singlet  All TEAM PAWS Chicago members receive a TEAM PAWS Navy singlet.
 
     Official TEAM PAWS Chicago 9 Lives Singlet  Once members reach their $3,000 minimum, they will receive
                                             their 9 Lives Top Fundraiser Singlet (color TBA)
 
     5 Official TEAM PAWS Chicago Fan Club Shirts  Use these shirts to easily find your biggest fans along the
                                             race route!
 
     TEAM PAWS Chicago Marathon Gift
 
     TEAM PAWS Chicago Finishers Medal
 
     2 Tickets to the TEAM PAWS Chicago PAW-sta Party Held on Thursday, October 10, 2019 (held in Chicago
                                             during the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Weekend)
 

     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.  Our Shepherd for our Berlin team is
                                             Rebecca "Becca" Sawyer.  About Becca:

Becca joined TPC because it was the perfect synergy between two of my biggest passions - running and dogs. She loves TPC’s mission and the fact that the work they do is so much bigger than Chicago. Being from Austin (a no-kill city), it’s important to her that organizations are setting an example for other cities and working together to have an impact more broadly across the US. She’s fundraised for NYC and Berlin the past 2 years with TPC, exceeding goals both years and proudly sporting her coveted “Nine Lives Singlet” (those who raise $3,000+). She’s been amazed how many people are interested in supporting TPC in various ways in the future once they learn about it, and the ripple effect it has in supporting animal rescue organizations in their direct communities if they aren’t local to Chicago.

She has run 7 full marathons, 30+ halves and numerous 5K & 10Ks. She also self-coached from a 4:10 marathon down to a 3:31 (one of 4 BQs to date!) before working with a coach, and has since improved to a 3:26 full and a 1:30 half marathon. She’s also halfway through the World Marathon Majors, and will be running with our Berlin team in 2019!


 
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.