4 friends. 100 miles each. 400 lives changed in Africa. Meet the team and their sponsored children.
Michael Chitwood and Mbali
When my dad died suddenly in post-op from shoulder surgery, it destroyed my world. I'd watched him give the last few years of his life serving the poor in developing countries. I decided to dedicate my life to doing the same. Since starting Team World Vision in 2006, I've had the opportunity to meet all 4 of my sponsored kids. As part of the October 9th Bank of America Chicago Marathon, my three Team World Vision friends and I will be running 100 miles so 400 more African children can be sponsored. We'll be running 76 miles BEFORE we actually start the 26.2 mile marathon. We need you. Join us and help kids like Mbali.
Hannah Covert and Pamela
I've had a heart for Africa ever since I can remember. I ended my successful college cross-country career a year early so that I could run the Chicago Marathon with Team World Vision. Last year I met my sponsored girls in Africa. After that I knew I would do just about anything to help people see the importance of sponsoring a child. When I get nervous about running 100 miles, I think about the courage it takes the mothers of my sponsored girls to take care of their families.
Rusty Funk and Sandisiwa
I hated running. When I ran my first marathon in 2008 I was sure it would be my last. Two years later I ran a 56 mile race (Comrades) in South Africa and I was sure that one would be my last. But meeting my sponsored child changed all that. The day after running Comrades I decided to run 100 miles to find sponsors for 100 more kids. They are the only reason I would attempt something like this.
Paul Jansen VanRensburg and Nosicello
I grew up during Apartheid in South Africa completely unaware of the extreme poverty that existed just miles from my home. When I realized the poverty that existed around me, I wanted to do something but felt paralyzed. It took a move to Chicago and running a marathon with Team World Vision to change that. Last year I met my sponsored child and knew I had to do more. I couldn't say no to 100 miles for 100 kids.
Each of these 4 friends will run 74 miles through the night on October 8 on the Chicago Lakefront then join 1,000 Team World Vision teammates for the final 26.2 miles of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. This is going to be an epic event.