had an amazing experience volunteering for NPCO at the Chicago Marathon.
The excitement of the NPCO staff is contagious! The President of NPCO
personally greeted and spoke with every runner that joined us in the
tent before and after the race. We cheered everyone on from Start
to Finish at various points in the race – which was really fun and
exciting to see everyone succeeding in their goals! With my husband
being a professional athlete, I know the importance of Chiropractic
care and I think it is great how NPCO is spreading the word! NPCO
is an organization I really believe in! I will absolutely work with
them again and would love to volunteer in some of the underprivileged
countries where they are providing Chiropractic care.”
Jillian D. (2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Volunteer)
“Volunteering for NPCO at the Chicago Marathon was such an amazing experience. I'm so glad I was able to be part of such a great organization and support a friend who ran the Marathon.”
Candice R. (2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Volunteer)
“I had a great time running with Team NPCO at the Chicago Marathon! Knowing I was running for a great cause definitely made the difficult times during the marathon more manageable. It was fun to interact with all the friendly people motivated by such a great vision and I hope to do it again soon!”
Daniel F. (2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Runner)
“Working with NPCO and their Chicago Marathon Program Director was an absolutely marvelous experience! NPCO staff never missed a note, phone call, question, etc. One could NEVER feel more at home with such a grand, dedicated, positive, motivational staff!!! The Program Director gal has a way to make all of us runners feel like family!!!! Chicago was the 4th of the 'big boy' Marathons, which I couldn't wait to be a part of!!! I've run Boston, NYC, and London as well as 7 others in the past ten years since I turned 59 ˝. And there's no stopping me yet!!! (at age 70 years YOUNG!) I feel I have made some true friends at NPCO and I encourage as many folks as possible to sign up and run an event (in particular the Chicago Marathon) with Team NPCO soon!!!”
Dr. Barbara (2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Runner)
"Running the 2011 Chicago Marathon for the first time was an unbelievable and will always be an unforgettable experience, but what made that day so meaningful was that I ran for the marathon with Team NPCO. I truly ran with a vision that day and kept in mind that for each mile I ran, I was helping others with chiropractic care thanks to what I was able to raise for NPCO. I'm so happy I decided to run this past October 9th and thankful to Diane and her staff for signing me up. Thank you team NPCO!"
Kellie K. (2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Runner)
"I would like to thank everybody at NPCO for giving me the chance to represent a dedicated and giving organization. It takes a lot of time and effort to change a life and that's what marathon running represents! For NPCO to have a team that can go out and tell a story about their cause is something special but to even be apart of it was a lifetime experience that I will never forget. Sometimes we forget how lucky we are to have a healthcare system that provides a better living style for ourselves and we need to embrace and better the lives of others. During the long hours and days of training we experience a lot of challenges and pain but in the end we finish strong or we can say we gave it our best to get to the end and that's what NPCO I believe represents."
Robert A. (2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Runner)
"I ran my first marathon in Chicago with the Non-Profit Chiropractic Organization this year. I was pretty nervous about what to expect since I had never run that far before - but the support offered by NPCO was invaluable. Training programs, group runs, and someone you can always call or email with questions about the race in general made it a much more pleasant experience."
Dave H. (2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Runner)
"Running the 2011 Chicago Marathon on behalf of NPCO was a very up-lifting experience! I am glad that I ran for charity and I appreciated the hospitality! All the people that ran and staffed the event were first-class!"
Doug Cunningham (2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Runner)
"It was an incredible experience running for NPCO in the Chicago Marathon! You guys rock! I appreciated your support and smiles. My time was 4:32:00, my PR, because it was my first marathon!"
Maria D. (2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Runner)
"Thank you NPCO for making one of my dreams come true by running in the Chicago Marathon!"
Joycelyn D. (2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Runner)
"The 2010 Chicago Marathon offered me a new challenge. I have been a marathoner for a few years, but had never participated in fundraising efforts for a cause associated with a race before. We originally set what we thought were challenging goals of raising $2500 for the NPCO. We decided to shoot for $10,000, almost as an "unreachable" effort, just to see how far it could go before race day. As the weeks went by, training was going well, and the donations kept coming. With only three weeks to go, we had over $3,000 left to raise to get to the goal. Honestly, we doubted it would happen. Many of our great friends and family jumped on the cause and began actively soliciting donations from their contacts, and things started to come together. As we were driving to Chicago on Friday, I received an email stating that we had just reached our goal. All of the emails, videos, letters, posters and social media efforts paid off and the NPCO would be a big step further on their mission. The physical side of marathon training isn't new for me, as I tend to do it year round. I usually participate in one or two marathons per year. Chicago was different in many ways. When race days came, it was HOT. 29 degrees Celsius on race day was, needless to say, more than expected for an October race. That and the large crowds made the race go slower than anticipated. By the time I reached the NPCO tent at mile 14, I knew that I had used a bit too much of my reserves in that heat, and would not have the race I wanted. From there, the rest was easy. I slowed down and enjoyed the day. I tried to help those who were having trouble with the heat. I kept a smile on my face and enjoyed a tour of one of my favorite cities. In the end, it wasn't my worst finishing time, but was far from my best. On the drive back to Ontario, I decided to honor my personal desires to have a great fall race, and registered for the Hamilton Marathon four weeks later, on November 7th. I am still recruiting and soliciting donations for the NPCO and look forward to many years of involvement with that great organization."
Dr. Jay (2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Runner and Top Fundraiser)
"I love running with TEAM NPCO! They are extremely positive and encouraging. Everyone is very friendly and the energy is tremendous. I encourage everyone to get involved. Run, volunteer, donate just get involved."
Dr. Bruce (2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Runner)
"My experience at the Chicago Marathon on 10/10/10 was fun and exciting. I gave myself 18 weeks to prepare for the race with a goal of finishing in 4 hours. I ended up finishing the race in 4:38 but that will make it the next time around a challenge! Running with NPCO was a great experience that I will definitely do again. What made my experience more exciting was running the Chicago Marathon course and seeing members of our NPCO team. If they were struggling, I would make a quick stop to see if they were okay. The support from NPCO before and during the race was wonderful and I will gladly race with them again!"
Roberto C. (2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Runner)
"Tackling Chicago's Magnificent Mile is something I consider myself good at - I could walk miles upon miles to shop and frequent Chicago often to do so. My last trip to Chicago, 10-10-10 was to run miles and miles - 26.2 miles - to be exact. Having run a marathon before, I thought my 26.2 mile track around the city of Chicago, a relatively flat city, would be an easy feat. Standing at the start line with a view of city skyline, amongst 39,000+ runners and spectators galore, was an instant rush of adrenaline. As the race progressed and my mileage added up, so did the heat, creeping all the way into the mid 80's. With warmer weather, the marathon suddenly became a more challenging feat than I had anticipated. Having logged several hundred miles during the warm summer months, I was able to conquer the heat and more impressively conquer the 2010 Chicago Marathon, with a (painful) smile and a time of 4:46. Crossing the finish line is an incredible feeling that words can't begin to describe. Future trips to Chicago will most certainly include logging miles while shopping the Magnificent Mile and logging future marathon miles! Thank you NPCO for providing me the opportunity to run as part of the team."
Jackie O. (2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Runner)
"If you would have told me a year ago that I would run a marathon, I would have told you that you're crazy. But I did, and being with NPCO made the whole experience a lot more enjoyable. Not only were we able to raise money for a terrific cause but NPCO was there to help you before, during, after the marathon to ensure you had the most fun while having to run 26.2 miles. NPCO made my first marathon a great one!"
Dr. James (2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Runner)
"NPCO is doing wonderful things to provide chiropractic care to people around the world. It was an honor to run my first half marathon with such amazing people for an amazing vision."
Dr. Kristen (2010 Chicago Half Marathon Runner)
"The Chicago Half Marathon was a great experience to check off my 'bucket list.' I'm so glad I could continue to be a part of Team NPCO after being an intern and helping plan the race. I think running for a charity made the experience mean even more because you were running for a greater cause than just yourself."
Sarah P. (2010 Chicago Half Marathon Runner and NPCO Intern)
"I had such a great time running the 2010 Chicago Half Marathon for NPCO! What a great, fun group of runners and it was helpful to have the team support along the way! This was my first time running for a cause and I couldn't have chosen a better one, helping those less fortunate than myself to obtain the health care they need! The entire group at NPCO and all the volunteers on race day were so helpful and motivating. Even though I probably should have trained a little harder, running with the team and one of my best friends, Dr. Kristen Lemke helped me keep going and make it to the end!"
Sarah S. (2010 Chicago Half Marathon Runner)
"This was truly an experience never to be forgotten. Non-Profit Chiropractic Organization is an amazing charity and it was awesome to raise money and spread the word about chiropractic!"
"It was such a privilege to see Doctors, students, patients, and chiropractic supporters running for NPCO and to cheer them on was very exciting; I loved seeing them smile as they passed us. Finishing the marathon is a great accomplishment and I am proud of all of our runners."
"I firmly believe that running a Marathon is 90% mental and 10% physical. My friend and fellow runner, Heather A., and I made it through our first marathon because we envisioned the hope that we could bring to so many people in pain. We prayed, sang, and leaned on each other to accomplish a goal to bring a better life to men, women, and children everywhere. We wouldn't change our experience for anything in the world and thank God for our amazing experience with Non-Profit Chiropractic Organization!"
"This year's Chicago Marathon was a great experience. Not only I was I able to run a great time of 2 hours 52 min. and 47 sec. which is a 7min PR for me, I was able to personally raise $2,000 for NPCO and be the top fundraiser. The NPCO is a guiding light in building a positive future of health care for others around the world with chiropractic care. I will continue to support the NPCO even though the marathon is over."
"Running the marathon was more than collecting the medal after 26.2 miles, it was a chance to voice chiropractic to thousands of people. Representing NPCO in the Chicago Marathon was an amazing opportunity and experience, plus the team itself was fun."
"I wasn't able to run before I started receiving chiropractic care. What better way to demonstrate the success of chiropractic than by running around a city for 5 hours?!"
"The Chicago Marathon was just an awesome experience. I was very delighted to participate and support Team NPCO in their first appearance at the Chicago Marathon! The fans were great and I received many positive comments from fellow runners in support of chiropractic! I was a little sore on Monday, but it was worth it."
Dr. Bruce P.
"Running the Chicago Marathon showed me that I am stronger than I think. Once I crossed the finished line I vowed I would never put myself through that again, but after a few hours of recovery I was excited to run it again next year!"
"I can't believe after 5 months of training the day has already come and gone. It was simply the most amazing experience i have yet had. My nerves quickly turned to excitement as i joined the other thousands of runners at the line. Running has always been a part of my life but i have never experienced anything like the Chicago Marathon. When my legs tightened and it took everything I had to fight back the tears, the crowd pulled me through. I had never felt so supported and encouraged like that before. Running is no longer just a hobby but a lifestyle. I proved that to others on Sunday, but more importantly, I proved a lot to myself. I truly believe you can do anything you put your mind to it and heart in to it. Of course I had a goal time but I just wanted to finish and not give up. Crossing the finish line with my dad waiting for me was the greatest feeling in the world. Everything I was running for came true right then and there. I don't know who was happier, me or my dad. That was a once in a lifetime experience."
"16 weeks of training: awful 26.2 miles in 33 degree weather: horrible Chicago marathon medal: priceless"
"Training for the Chicago marathon was an amazing experience. Not completing a run or doing a run "poorly" would defeat mentally me, but I learned to get back up and try again because I had set a goal to complete the Chicago marathon in 4 hours and 30 minutes. I learned to take advice and strength from others and give it of myself. When it actually came time for race day, I knew I needed to draw on others for strength and motivation because up to that point I had only run a half marathon. I put a smile on my face and high-fived as many people as possible to put my mind in the right mental space so even when the aches and pains set in around mile 12, the mental training took over and pushed me to my goal. I crossed the finish line in just under 4 hours and 30 minutes and now feel like I can accomplish anything I set my mind to!"