Sunday, February 15, 2015

Chicago Pride 2015: Proud To Run 5K

This year, I am celebrating LGBT pride in a different way! Aside from attending the annual parade, I am participating in a special race event called Proud To Run

It takes place during Chicago Pride Weekend, a day before the big pride parade. This year, the race is taking place on Saturday, June 27th. Proud To Run has annually celebrated the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning community since 1982. Since Proud To Run's inception in 1982, the entire board has been solely on a volunteer basis. They raise funds to support the LGBTQ community in the Chicago area and many organizations. They have raised over $380,000 for the LGBT community and local organizationsThe three beneficiaries for this year are Affinity Community Services, Chicago House and Social Service Agency, and AIDS Legal Council of Chicago. 

Proud To Run offers a 10k run and a 5k run/walk and welcome anyone and everyone who wishes to join the celebration to show support, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression. The course starts and ends at Montrose Harbor and it will run along the beautiful lakefront path and turns back around at Belmont Harbor. The race is stroller friendly, but request that you start behind the runners for safety reasons. People will gather near Montrose Harbor as there will be pre and post-race events, raffles, performances and where the Athlete's Village with sponsors and vendors will be located as well as the partner organizations!

Super cute finisher medals from 2014. Can't wait to get my hands on one of these.

With marriage equality support skyrocketing and more states continuing to recognize and legalize same sex marriage, I feel that there's even more to celebrate this year during pride weekend.

I am super excited to take part in this and show my pride in a different way! The fact that I get to share this experience with my daughter makes it that much better. I have been a part of the LGBT community for as long as I can remember. I have never had a gender preference and I love showing and celebrating my pride every year! I have a feeling this event and organization will hold a special place in my heart.

All of my local friends, come out and join me the day before the big parade and celebrate pride this year doing something different!!

As always..... would love to meet up with you! 

See you guys soon!

Disclosure: I have received a comped entry to the event in exchange for posting about the event and reviews of the individual race experiences.

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