It's been 20 years since I left Chicago, and 13 since my last marathon (outside of an IM); but I’m returning to the Windy City to run the Chicago Marathon to raise money for the American Heart Association!
As you may or may not know, when I’m not coaching or racing, in my spare time I’m a cardiologist—and a proud member of the AHA. I started as a young-ish AHA post-doc research fellow in 2001. Fifteen years later I had the privilege to serve as the President of my local AHA board of directors.
Over the last 10 years we had been winning the fight against heart disease, then COVID came, introducing a slew of new and unforeseen threats— putting people with heart disease at the highest risk for infection-related complications, causing strokes and heart attacks in young, otherwise healthy adults, and triggering acute heart failure in our pediatric population. The work that the AHA does has never been as critical as it is now.
I have participated in countless races ranging from the local 5K to the full distance Ironman triathlon, and this is the first time I have raced for something other than myself. I believe that it is that important.
I am asking for your help. Please join me in these efforts. Any contribution, big or small, will help.
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