If You Give a Runner a Tutu...

Run for Gus_tutuNow that we’re officially in March, the mental hurdle of getting a training schedule for various Chicago races seems  little smaller. Up until last summer, my race gear has generally consisted of a decent pair of running shoes, shorts, a tank top, probably shades and maybe a hat. Last year was the first time I added a tutu to my list of race apparel. It was a purple tutu to be specific. And who would have thought I’d be running alongside dozens of other people donning tutus making up every color of the rainbow.

“Why are you wearing that tutu?” A runner asked me at the starting line of last summer’s Run for Gus, an annual 5K/1 mile walk that benefits Lurie Children’s brain tumor research and family services programs.

“I’m running for Team Dancing Donna,” I said, “And so are the rest of the people you see here wearing a tutu. Donna was a little girl who died of a brain tumor in 2009…she loved to dance.”

Today is Donna Day. A day to celebrate the memory of a beautiful little girl.

If you’re a runner, if you’re not a runner, if you have children or if you don’t have children – consider running with Chicago’s most colorful, danciful, tutu-wearing team of people who accomplish so much by just getting people to ask “Why are you wearing that tutu?”

While the team isn’t officially on paper yet for 2013, you can rest assured it will be! And we want you to be a part of it. Jump onto Donna’s Good Things to stay up-to-date, or join us at The Candlelite on March 30th for a great fundraising event!

I hope to see you there.


Traci D Mitchell is a fitness and nutrition expert featured on Dr. Oz and The TODAY Show. Follow Traci on Facebook. She’d love to see you there! Interested in working with Traci? She works privately with clients specializes in nutrition coaching and weight loss as well as functional fitness and personal training. All sessions are done via Skype or telephone if outside of Chicago. For more information, contact Traci here.

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