Welcome to my marathon page! As most of you know, my loving father Phil Woznicki passed away on September 1, 2017. My father died an untimely death from a stroke after complications from heart surgery. It is no surprise that when signing up for the 2018 Chicago Marathon charity program, I chose to run with the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association. Over the past decade, the American Heart Association has helped reduce deaths from heart disease and stroke by 36% and 31% respectively.
So...why am I running a marathon?
- My dad loved spending time outdoors and he loved telling me about his hometown of Chicago. I will get the uniquie opportunity to spend 26.2 miles running outside through 29 Chicago neighborhoods.
- Honoring my father means revitalizing my own pursuits of health, happiness, and overcoming challenges. Running a marathon is probably an over-ambitious start to this pursuit, but why not?
- I'm running as an opportunity to raise over $1000 for American Heart Association's research and prevention efforts. If I can contribute to a cause that can prevent the unnecessary/ untimely grief of another family, this run will be incredibly worthwhile.
In the past 6 years alone, the Run with Heart marathon team has raised nearly $1 million—funds that have gone towards new cardiovascular and stroke research, education programs, and preventative initiatives in our communities and across our country. Thank you for supporting American Heart Association. Your contribution is greatly appreciated!