Concordia University Chicago

Jeff Quest and the Mystery of the Marathon

Everyone knows I do stupid things. The latest? I've pledged to run a marathon, something I've always said I would never do.

How did I get talked into running a marathon? That's a mystery, but the cause I'm running for is clear. Without the abllity to read, basic life skills like paying the bills, reading signs or menus, enjoying great literature or even simply texting a note to friends are impossible. And while the United States overall has a strong 99% literacy rate, Chicago is just at 53%.

I love to read and hate the thought of people who can't know the joys of discovering people and places they would never have known if not for great writing.

You can help. I'm running on behalf of my alma mater and its new Center for Literacy. These leaders are reaching out to teach reading to youth and adults within the Chicagoland community. They are working to change lives through the gift of literacy. Every gift helps reach my personal goal of $1,000 to improve the literacy of children.

  • For every pledge of $25 and below you will have my unending gratitude and I will keep you updated through Twitter (@JeffMarathon) or email on my training journey. You will learn how difficult or easy a time I am having and learn the minutiae of my workout regimen.
  • For every pledge of $26 to $99 you will have my undying gratitude and, if you wish, I promise to never again mention that I am running this marathon. You will not hear how many miles I've run this week, what types of blisters I have on my feet, any discussions on my pace or any analysis of various types of running gear.
  • For every pledge of $100 and above you will have my eternal gratitude and I will donate a new copy of one of Henry and Leo's top ten children's books to the Lurie Children's Hospital.

Let's work together to take the mystery out of reading!

P.S. Make sure to select 'Chicago Marathon' or '150: Center for Literacy' from the drop down on the donation page so your gift goes to the right place!

Our Supporters

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    Jeff Quest

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    Sue Calin

    Good luck Jeff!
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    Daniel Quest

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    Go get em', Jeff!
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    Amy LaPorte

    Good luck Jeff!
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    Matt Bergevin

    Run Jeff Run!
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    Jeremy and Kristin Becker

    Wish we were running with you! Enjoy!
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    James Quest

    Jim & I wish you good luck.
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    Carol Melkett

    Way go to, Brindsley!
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    Hoping for a cool day on the 12th - pace and H2O
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    Meghan O'Hara

    Thanks for supporting Concordia!