In addition to completing the 26.3 mile Chicago Marathon, William wanted to raise $1,000 for Inheritance of Hope, a non-profit that provides retreats for families caring for a loved one battling terminal illness. After months of advocating and posting updates on his facebook page, William reached his fundraising goal Tuesday, five days before Sunday’s race.
With the “10.10.10” Chicago Marathon date approaching, William kept active with his intramural flag football team. William’s stamina and scrambling ability as a quarterback led his team, Corn Sugar, to a 20-12 victory in its first game Sunday.
After completing training runs up to 16 miles, he will rest during the final days leading up to Sunday’s race. Although designing a lethal football playbook preoccupied William more than running a marathon during the past week, he was pleased to learn Kristen, William’s aunt and Inheritance of Hope co-founder, returned home after surgery to combat cancer.
Approximately 45,000 runners from all 50 states and 100 countries are expected to participate in the Chicago Marathon Sunday. In 2009, more than 8,000 racers
raised $10 million through the marathon’s charity program. The race will begin at 7:30 a.m. from Grant Park in downtown Chicago, then wind through 29 neighborhoods in the city’s north and south sides.