Last week, we asked readers to tell us what they’re most thankful for this holiday season as a chance to win a free entry to the Schaumburg Turkey Trot, and while there was only one winner, they were too good not to share! Read the heartfelt submissions: 

“The joy of Good Health and wonderful people coming into my life!”
-Tom K

“I’m thankful that this Thanksgiving my family is healthy after a tough few years and I have the ability to run, something no one should take for granted!”
-Kate H (Contest winner)

“I have so many things to be thankful for this year– it’s difficult to narrow it down to one. However, if I had to it would be the addition of my 3 nieces to our family. My brother has been in an adoption battle for his daughters for several years and this year the adoption was finalized.”
-Sarah H.

“I’m most thankful for the amazing family that will hop in the car and drive 11 hours from KS to spend Thanksgiving with me. They know money is tight for me and they didn’t want me to be alone; even if it’s more costly for 4 people to come here. LOVE my family!”
-Shawna C.

“I am very thankful to have my family. I’m thankful for them to support my endeavors and keep me motivated to bring my health back up to par. Being over weight is a mental barrier I had to overcome. They pushed me to ssucceed. That is why I want to run. The 5K would be my first official run ever.”
-Michael L.

“I’m thankful that I was able to run the Boston Marathon as a charity runner for “Back on my Feet” Organization. It’s an organization that takes homeless people off the street and provides housing and job training along with teaching them the value of running which takes their compulsive disorders and channeling it to running.”
-Lynn C.

“I am thankful for a healthy and strong body that works! Despite several injuries along the years and my inability to run full marathons any more, I am able to run now and that is what is most important! My mom is recovering from elbow surgery, and my dad is undergoing cancer treatment, so I am doing everything I can to be thankful for my body and take care of my body and mind by doing my favorite thing in the world!”
-Julie F.

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Holly's running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run several shorter distance races and two half marathons. Her goal for 2017 is to try a triathlon, and eventually do the Chicago Marathon. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism. Working at Chicago Athlete, Holly has been able to explore photography a lot more, which is one of her main hobbies. She enjoys taking photos at endurance races, and is also passionate about nature photography and portraiture.


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