Erie House Runners Take to the Streets for Chicago Marathon

October 28, 2014 | Chicago, IL

Cristina De La Rosa

Cristina De La Rosa (left) and former Erie House staff member Evelyn Rodriguez both finished the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 12.

Two Erie Neighborhood House staff members—Cristina De La Rosa, West Town Outreach Coordinator for Buen HOGAR, and Brian Paff, Marketing & Communications Coordinator—completed the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 12.

One of just six stops on the World Marathon Majors circuit, the Chicago Marathon draws 45,000 runners and an estimated 1.7 million spectators each year. The 26.2-mile course starts and finishes in Grant Park, guiding participants on a tour through 29 neighborhoods in the city.

For De La Rosa, 2014 marked her third consecutive year running the Chicago Marathon. She recorded a personal record (PR), trimming nearly 14 minutes off her previous best to finish in 4:23:37.

“It was beautiful,” said De La Rosa. “I felt stronger (this year) both physically and mentally. Fortunately, I had a great running buddy that ran with me the entire course. ”

Brian Paff (A2349) finished in 2:44:17 to earn 274th place in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Paff, meanwhile, ran 2:44:17 in his tenth marathon overall and his sixth in Chicago. In light of the milestone, he decided to raise money for the Health and Advocacy Program at Erie House.

“I had fun representing Erie House in the marathon,” Paff said, who wore a running singlet with the Erie House logo printed on it. “Raising money for Erie allowed me to give friends and family an even clearer picture of the many ways our programs strengthen our community, and it was fun to hear people cheer, ‘Go Erie!’ as I ran by.”

In all, his fundraising efforts have brought in over $700 for Health and Advocacy, a program that supports Erie children and families in their pursuit of health, wellness, self-esteem and self-confidence.

“(Health and Advocacy) seemed like the right program to support for someone training to run a marathon. We might have different reasons for running that far, but all of us are taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle along the way,” said Paff.

“Running helps me keep so many elements—exercise, nutrition, mental health and even sleep patterns—in balance. It’s really become part of my life rhythm,” he added.

If you would still like to make a donation to support the Health and Advocacy Program, you can give online at; be sure to include “Marathon” in the “In Honor Of” memo line.


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