On Sunday, October 9th, after months of preparation, runners from all over the world took to the Windy City’s downtown area for the 2016 Bank of Chicago Marathon. The first wave of runners began at 7:30 in the morning, with the final competitor crossing the finish line after 9 hours, 47 minutes, and 36 seconds. Among the sea of participants was the International Real Property Foundation’s Managing Director, Sylvia Luchini, as she competed as a first-time contender in this year’s marathon.
“I am proud that I had the chance to run for IRPF,” stated Luchini, “I ran a total of 27.1 miles in 4 hours, 16 minutes, and 32 seconds.”
When asked about a memorable part of her marathon experience, she couldn’t help gushing over the crowd. “The energy of the crowd was amazing,” Luchini continued, “everyone from the young to the very old were cheering as we passed by. The masses of people lining the streets helped runners by giving out handkerchiefs, water, fruit, or candy when our bodies were tired and hurting.” Luchini went on to attribute the assistance of the marathon crowd as a large factor in making the completion of the race more attainable for runners.
It may be metaphorically implied that Sylvia Luchini’s race experience correlates with her recent online fundraising efforts. During the weeks leading up to the Chicago Marathon, she has been accepting monetary contributions toward Running for Rights, a cause geared toward helping people in the developing economies of countries such as Uganda, Bolivia, and Romania. Luchini has helped to unlock the potential of entrepreneurs when property rights are sold, rented or leased, which drives the economy and generates jobs. Just like the Chicago Marathon’s energized crowd supported its runners, Luchini has been an icon in the assistance and support of countless communities all over the globe.
The Running for Rights fundraising page is still open. Click the link to make a contribution toward helping people in developing economies. https://npo.justgive.org/runningforrights
Article By: Ambrosia Maddox, IRPF Communications Specialist