Bright Pink FitFest 2015

I was invited by Bright Pink to attend an information session about their upcoming FitFest Chicago on September 20th.


I met Alicia Roman, NBC meteorologist.

What is FitFest?  It is the ultimate fitness marathon in support of Bright Pink.  Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization focused on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.

Their aim is to reach the 52 million young women in the United States between the ages of 18 and 45 with their innovative, life-saving breast and ovarian health programs, thereby empowering this and future generations of women to live healthier, happier, and longer lives.

FitFest is the fitness marathon to save lives from breast and ovarian cancer.  Now in their sixth year, this one-of-a-kind event gives you the chance to directly impact how these cancers are prevented.

Why FitFest?

Because… every dollar raised goes to life-saving breast and ovarian cancer prevention programs for young women and the medical community who care for them.

Because… awareness isn’t enough. Exercise is proven to reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.  FitFest’s day of classes kicks healthy habits into action.  Women and men of all fitness levels are welcome.

Because… it’s our turn to change the odds.  1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 in 67 will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer.  Women have the power to be proactive to reduce their risk for these cancers or detect them at early, non life-threatening stages.  It’s our mission to show them how. 


Some new things this year include:

  • New venue, event will take place at FFC Union Station
  • Six hours full of different classes such as yoga, barre, and hip hop dance
  • Nice perks including massage, photo booth, psychic readings, and nutrition consultants

The best part is that you can all of that for ONLY $25.  It is definitely a great deal for an awesome cause!!

You can sign up as an individual or get a group of your friends to create a team and fundraise for Bright Pink.  Recruit 5+ teammates and Bright Pink will comp your fundraising.  Your only financial commitment would be the $25 registration fee.

Whether you’re an avid marathon runner or looking for a reason to get off of the couch, this is the event for you.  Push your limits with 750+ passionate men and women and help turn breast and ovarian cancer awareness into life-saving action.

For more information, visit the Bright Pink website.

Friday Randomness – June 26, 2015

1.  Friday again?  The days definitely go by much faster when you are on vacation.  I know that during the school year I am always aware of each day and get so excited on Fridays.  On vacation I sometimes lose track and have no idea when a day is Monday, Tuesday, etc.


2.  On Monday, my sister and nephews went to volunteer at Feed My Starving Children.  It is a great place to volunteer and you end up leaving really good about yourself.  The last time I was there was almost two years ago.  Yikes!  I need to make it a priority to go there more often.


We were there from 2:30-4:30 pm.  My nephews LOVE Home Run Inn and we stopped there for dinner.  We got home in time to watch “The Bachelorette” and before the bad weather began rolling into the Chicago area.  Luckily, it was just wind and lots of rain but I know other places had it even worse.


3.  I bought a new running gear, the Garmin Forerunner 220.  So far I’ve run with it twice and like it.  The only problem I have is that I cannot get it to sync with my heart monitor.  I have to run 8 miles on Saturday with the CES group so hopefully one of the coaches there can help me.

Garmin 220

4.  I know we all have good and bad runs.  I love it when I have a good run but I love it even more when it is on a day that I had no desire to run.  I did not run yesterday morning because I was planning to run in the evening with the ladies from Fleet Feet.  Well, I did a few errands with my mom and got home after 6pm.  I was tired and decided to rest and then go running.  Everything hurt so I took an ibuprofen.  Then I decided not to go.  I guess I must have been feeling guilty and I reminded myself that I would not skip any of my marathon training runs planned by my coach (I’ve missed one) so I got dressed and went out for my run.  You know what?  It was AWESOME and I felt great.  I ran better than I expected and that made me happy.


5.  I received my grade for my Spring class.  I am disappointed that I got a “B”.  I know it is still a great grade but the class was so easy and pretty much an easy “A”.  For nine weeks I listened to the lectures and took notes.  I also did all of my homework and pretty much got all of the problems correct.  The deal breaker was the final presentation on the last day of class.  It was worth 50 percent of my grade.  I know I did not rock it but I didn’t think I did that bad.  I get really nervous speaking in front of a group (definitely not a problem with little kids) so I am just mad at myself because I messed up on the presentation.  My next (and final class) starts in August.

What has been your best volunteer experience?  Do you get nervous speaking in front of a group?