Between Friends’ Third Annual Marathon and Half Marathon Team

Because Ending Domestic Violence is a Marathon Effort

Your help is much needed. Injuries sustained from domestic violence account for 25 to 35 percent of visits to emergency rooms annually, the single most frequent reason women seek attention at hospital emergency departments. One in four women is likely to be abused by a partner in her lifetime.

Join us in our effort to end domestic violence by running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon or the Chicago Half Marathon and 5K on behalf of Between Friends! Run 26.2 miles on October 13, 2013 or 13.1 miles on September 8, 2013 while raising money to empower women and teens who experience abuse.

Aside from the indescribable benefits of helping families overcome abusive relationships, you’ll receive the following benefits as a runner for Between Friends:

  1. Free technical shirt
  2. Free Race Day Goody Bag
  3. Free seminars to enhance running performance
  4. Free monthly e-newsletter filled with running tips
  5. Prizes for the runners who raise the most money
  6. Regular fun runs and bar nights
  7. Starter kit to help you begin running and fundraising
  8. Opportunity to train with CARA – the Chicago Area Runners Association

Sign up today! Space is limited!

If you want to join the Between Friends’ Running Team, please do the following:

  1. Beginning February 19th, sign up for the Chicago Marathon at and mention Between Friends when asked if you are running for a charity.
  2. And/or sign up for the Chicago Half Marathon and 5k at and mention Between Friends when asked if you are running for a charity.
  3. Contact Toni at Between Friends ( or 773-274-5232 ext. 16).

Run for families affected by domestic violence, so they don’t have to.

The women and children who seek support at Between Friends need you. With your commitment to raise money through the Chicago Marathon or Chicago Half Marathon and 5K, you can empower more women and run for families like Joanna’s so they don’t have to. Please read Joanna’s story of survival. Her resilience and courage is inspiring.

Seven years.

For seven years, Joanna was abused by her husband—a man who promised to love and protect her, until “death do they part.” As a result of this abuse, she fell into a depression which prevented her from finding enjoyment in her job, her hobbies or her life in general.

One night after a brutal attack, Joanna spoke to a policeman who gave her the number to Between Friends. Shortly after, she began going to counseling sessions.

Today, Joanna’s self-esteem has sky-rocketed. She is now exercising, working at a new job and saving up for an apartment of her own. Between Friends strives to nurture a supportive environment in which women like Joanna can learn, grow and learn to love their lives once more.

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