My name is Erika and I will be the main author of this blog. I grew up in Sweden and made it over to North Carolina after High School to swim for Wingate University. I have always been extremely active and engaged in sports, but, as you can imagine, swimming has taken up the majority of my time. Now, when I am a newly retiree from the pool, I decided to pick up running a little. That “little” turned drastically into “a lot” after my dad signed me up for a Backyard Ultra race this past summer. So with roughly two months of running behind me, I ran 53.6 km during BUS 2017 (a story I can talk more about later) and, believe it or not, as soon as I was able to walk properly again, I kept running.
Coincidences and luck recently brought me to Illinois, where I currently live with my boyfriend, and with a fresh taste for running, signing up for Chicago Marathon was a temptation I simply couldn’t resist. It’s one of the world’s six major marathons and definitely something most long distance runners would like to cross off their bucket lists. Since my dad is the reason I run, running this without him is not an option, and therefore (without him knowing it) I signed us both up for the Chicago Marathon 2018. Unfortunately, only I got accepted through the lottery, but I would not let that stop my plans, so I started researching charities (which is another way of receiving a guaranteed spot in the race).
My plans before moving to the suburbs of Chicago was to study human rights as a start of my journey to achieve my life goal and start my own non-profit organization. Charities and their work have always been close to my heart, which is why I thoroughly did my research on my options for the upcoming race. I landed on Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, a foundation supporting the research for a cure to Crohn’s and colitis.
My mom has been suffering from Crohn’s for several years and I have seen what it is like to live with the disease. It’s a disease no one speaks much about and the awareness around it is very limited, but at the same time, it is a condition that highly affects your day-to-day life. If there is anything I can do to make the ones who suffer’s lives better, I will, and that is why I chose the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.
My dad and I will run to raise awareness and money and I will, through this blog and our Instagram account, map out our journey and spread the awareness of the diseases.
Thank you for reading this blog and I hope you will join us in the fight.