Hirsha Venkataraman


As a lifelong distance runner, there is nothing quite as satisfying as the thrill of powering through a distance race. Distance running is exhilarating, challenging, and truly becomes a test of pure guts. However, it is also meditative, cerebral, and gratifying, with so many layers that can’t easily be described. These reasons have carried me through my journey as a runner for most of my life, and now I have the pleasure of adding Asha for Education as my newest motivation. Running with purpose makes it all worth it, whatever a person’s purpose may be. By signing up for the Chicago Marathon in collaboration with Asha for Education, I feel privileged to have a legitimate purpose to serve, and one that hits me personally.

We all know that there are plenty of hardships facing the underprivileged and disenfranchised. However, as a former associate board member of a charter school in Bed-Stuy, I saw firsthand how proper education can truly alleviate some of the stresses that are suffered by children on a day to day basis. My group and I worked tirelessly to raise funds, throw events, and boost the programs the school offered in order to provide opportunities to children who may otherwise not have had them. It was truly eye opening, seeing the progress that these students made.

Likewise, there are plenty of children in India who do not have the educational opportunities that others do, particularly one that I was blessed with during my relatively comfortable upbringing. I was one of the lucky ones, but for those that do not have such fortune, I believe that any efforts made to improve their circumstances are important. With Asha for Education’s commitment to providing educational opportunities around India, there are people now being given a fair shake, and they can finally unlock their potential. I am running the Chicago marathon and raising funds for the children that I hope will feel the positive effects of this charitable organization’s efforts, and I have never been prouder to agree to such an undertaking. Since this is also my first marathon, I am even more motivated to hit a PR!

Please find it in your hearts to donate to this worthy cause, and I promise I will run my best for you and everyone that you will be helping with your donation. Thank you so much!!

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