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Samantha Recknagel Team Blessons Chicago

  • Ragnar Chicago Start Line Madison, Wi (map)

Help Samantha reach her goal


Honor an aspiring woman in your life or help aspiring women with financial need to achieve their educational goals by making a donation towards Samantha's Blessons Scholarships for Women Fundraiser.

You may donate through PayBal by clicking the yellow button below, via Chase QuickPay by sending to or by mailing a check to 405 N. Wabash Ave Suite 2006 Chicago, IL 60611

Why I Run

I began running less than a year ago and decided to dive in head first, signing up for the 2016 Chicago Marathon. At that point, I had never run more than a 5k in my life. I wanted to set goals and achieve them. I wanted a goal that was tangible, that I could measure. I wanted to feel the satisfaction of crossing a hard-earned finish line. fter signing up for the marathon, I figured I could use some races to help simulate what to expect. I made a second goal of running every different distance of race I could find in 2016 and succeeded in running a 1-mile, 5k, 8k, 10k, 15k, 10-mile, 2 half-marathons, and the Chicago Marathon. What's next? I'm lucky enough to be running with Team Blessons for the 2017 Chicago Ragnar race and may add in more races for the year.  :)

Why I support Blessons

I am lucky enough to have been able to work continuously through my undergraduate and graduate career due to an amazing support system of friends and family, but not everyone has that opportunity. As I complete my masters degree in February 2017, I want to ensure that more women have that opportunity.

My Races

Ragnar - Madison to Chicago
June 9, 2017

Chicago Marathon
October 8, 2017

and many more...