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Purrlease support my fundraiser for TEAM PAWS Chicago! :)

Whitney Long Maisano

Whitney Long Maisano

HI I'M WHITNEY! I love to run and I love cats. Sometimes when I'm on a run I pass a house that has a cat lounging on a windowsill, which makes me think of my own cats (pictured above) and then I run faster so I can go home and pet them. Pretty cool, right? I also love Chicago - Blackhawks, deep dish pizza, Willis Tower and all.

All silliness aside - I am proudly running the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon as part of TEAM PAWS Chicago. Quick history: this will be my fourth marathon - my third, the 2019 Los Angeles Marathon, was a total dumpster fire. I finished with the not hateful time of 4:47:57 but it decimated my body and battered my soul, and I was adamant I was done with 26.2s forever - which in the months that followed sent me further into a mental health core, because I identified as a marathoner...it was who I was and what I did. Before LA, I had races planned out for the next several years - and in my mind 2020 was supposed to be the year of the 312.

I won't bore you with the details of how unfulfilled, unfocused, and unhappy that self-imposed marathon moratorium made me feel for the past 11 months. The point is, I'm action oriented. I'm pragmatic. I'm ambitious. I'm a Slytherin. AND PEOPLE LIKE ME DON'T BOOHOO AND QUIT BECAUSE THEY HAD ONE BAD RACE EXPERIENCE.

So as I write this - February 9, 2020 - I'm reclaiming my run-purpose. I AM running Chicago this year. And now, as a charity runner, I get to fundraise for the city's homeless pets too!

From the bottom of my heart, thank you - for reading this novella, for considering making a donation to TEAM PAWS, and for believing in me. I promise on race day I will make you proud.

Paw bump,
Whitney Long Maisano

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$1,750
raised of $1,750 goal
 

Recent Donations

$80.00
1. BOOYAHHHH Goal Met!!
Thank you to everyone who helped me get to this point! I ran my "race" today, 9/19/2020. :)
$100.00
2. The Dinger Family
You got this Boo!
$80.00
3. Whitney Long Maisano
$20.00
4. Money Not Spent On Pizza
$50.00
5. Angelo The Cat
Love you Mommy! Meow!!
$320.00
6. Cancelled Rehoboth Beach Trip $$$
Money that otherwise would have been squandered on Grotto Pizza and riding the Gravitron!