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Change your life, save more lives with DetermiNation

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  • A DetermiNation runner showing some love before a run last year.

    A DetermiNation runner showing some love before a run last year.
    American Cancer Society

Amy Jo Steinbruecker

If you've ever dreamed of changing your life and being part of something bigger than yourself, the DetermiNation team is the place to start. The DetermiNation program is a remarkable community of ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things. With professional training, the ultimate community of support, and inspiration every step of the way, the American Cancer Society can help you finish a half-marathon or marathon for your first time or your best time. And every step you take and every mile you conquer will help save lives and create more birthdays.

Whether you are a first time runner or a seasoned athlete, DetermiNation participants can meet the personal challenge of endurance events such as an 8k, 10 mile, half-marathon or marathon with access to free professional training, an unparalleled community of support and inspiration every step of the way.

To learn more, attend an information session on Tuesday, April 9 at 7 pm at Peggy Kinnane's Irish Pub (8 N. Vail Avenue Arlington Heights). Please RSVP at

American Cancer Society DetermiNation athletes help raise much-needed dollars to fund free services for those fighting cancer, discovery of new treatments and ultimately, cures.

In addition to the fulfillment of raising funds for the fight against cancer, DetermiNation participants also enjoy exclusive training and day-of-race benefits. These benefits include free team training to help achieve race goals, mentors for fundraising success and inspiration, invitations to social events, race-weekend VIP amenities (including pre- and post-race food/beverage, gear check, support along the course and much more), an exclusive DetermiNation racing singlet and a personal website to aid with fundraising.

2013 DetermiNation events include:

May 25 -- Fleet Feet Sports Solider Field 10 Mile

July 21 -- XSport Fitness Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon

October 13 -- Bank of America Chicago Marathon

New for 2013: DetermiNation Half Marathon Program -- lineup includes 6 other popular 13.1 mile races.

For more information about how to join the growing American Cancer Society DetermiNation team, visit or call 312-279-7243.

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