Marathoner Discovers Love of Running Over Time
By: Michael Izzo
Name: Katie Montiel
Raising money for an event can be difficult and challenging. For Katie Montiel, it can also be an excuse to have a fun time with friends, family, and co-workers. To raise money as a member of Team Reeve in the 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Montiel plans to host a party in September with an entry fee going towards her donations.
"I'm trying to put a different spin on donating and make it sort of an experience, too," Montiel explains. "People can come if they feel like it, and they don't have to feel like they're being tapped for money."
Though Montiel is running by herself, she hopes that friends and family, including her fiancé and sister, will jump in for a few miles along the way and keep her going. "It's something to look forward to," she says. "It's great that somebody can join you when you're tired."
Runner then, runner now
Montiel hopes to finish this year's marathon in under 3:25, but will be happy as long as she can beat the time of her last Chicago Marathon in 2010.
A reasonable runner's diet
Before a race Montiel is sure to stay hydrated and have plenty of carbohydrates. "I go carb crazy," explains Montiel. "I kind of eat everything like pizza and pasta, and I try to incorporate some vegetables."
While far from her first marathon, this is Montiel's first with Team Reeve, which she says makes it a particularly special experience. "I think running for Team Reeve is a fantastic way to run a marathon," says Montiel. "It makes it a bigger, more achieving experience for me. I'm happy and humbled to be a part of it."
Look for Katie Montiel and the rest of Team Reeve in the 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 9th.
To make a donation for Montiel's run, go here.