Meet 'Go Run Site Coordinator Chuck!
Meet 'Go Run Site Coordinator Chuck Lee! (Pictured third from the left)
One of CARA's longest-standing 'Go Run leaders, Chuck loves to bring his passion for running and the outdoors to each and every event. We are thankful that he is part of the CARA 'Go Run family! Learn a little bit more about Chuck below.
What interested you in being a site coordinator for 'Go Run?
I had been participating in 'Go Run since its inception, and felt my experience as a runner would be useful as coordinator. I am also an outdoor enthusiast and a supporter of public parks. Being a site coordinator allows me to share my passion for running and the outdoors with others.
What is your running past and present?
In the winter of 2014, I was talked into doing the Chicago Marathon for a charity team. I hadn't run much before then, only a few miles here and there at the gym, and suddenly I had to train for 26.2 miles. It was boring at first, pounding out miles on the treadmill. But one day while running at a comfortable pace, outside in the sun, it dawned on me that I was enjoying myself. I have run 2 more marathons and several shorter races since then. I am hoping to do my second Chicago Marathon in 2020.
What makes 'Go Run' special?
The sense of community that has been building over the last few years. I see several of the same faces at different locations throughout year. I also find that once people come out the first time and see what it's all about, they become regulars.
What advice do you have for all the participants?
Have fun! That could mean bringing your kids or dog, beating your time from last week, or strolling with some friends. It's different for everybody. Also, make sure those bibs are visible!
What makes 63rd Street Beach a unique place to do a 'Go Run at?
It's the only 'Go Run on the lake, and the sun rising makes for some great scenery.
What is your favorite food?
I've been accused of being a foodie, so this is tough. But I would have to say an old school pot of Sunday gravy with sausage, meatballs, and pork ribs over spaghetti.