Ronald McDonald House Charities Sponsors Team for Chicago Marathon

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Possessing more than 20 years of experience working in business development, sales, and human resources, Gary Rixson is a business development consultant at Lockton Companies of Kansas City, Missouri. Dedicated to helping others, Gary Rixson supports several philanthropic endeavors, one of which includes the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). He ran the 2012 Chicago Marathon to benefit this charity.

Established in 1974, RMHC helps families by offering them a place to rest and recharge close to hospitals where their children are receiving care. Each year, the organization helps more than six million children and their families around the world.

In 2006, Bob Marshall put a team together to run the Chicago Marathon to raise money for RMHC. During that first year, 32 runners raised $39,000. Since then, Team RMHC has raised more than $5 million dollars, including $1.18 in 2015 alone. For the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 9, Team RMHC seeks to raise $1.5 million with the help of almost 1,000 racers. Members of the RMHC team receive entry into the marathon, which is $185 for US citizens and $210 for international participants, and a Team RMHC running shirt. On race weekend, they receive a pre-race pasta dinner the night before the race, and access to the Team RMHC hospitality tent with pre- and post-race snacks as well as massages on race day.

About the Chicago Marathon and Its Requirements

A consultant with Lockton Companies since 2013, Gary Rixson specializes in benefit communication and insourcing. In addition to his professional experience, Gary Rixson is an avid runner, and completed the 2012 Chicago Marathon.

Established in 1977, the Chicago Marathon is one of the largest such events in the United States. With a time limit of 6 hours and 30 minutes, the marathon now draws some 45,000 participants each year with goals to set personal best times or world records, or raise money for charity. The marathon’s 26.2 mile length is known for its flat, even course through 29 neighborhoods. It attracts almost 2 million spectators.

In order to ensure a safe and fun marathon for everyone involved, participants must meet a number of qualifications, whether they are running individually or as part of a team for an officially selected charity. For instance, participants must be at least 16 years old when they run, and people 17 and younger must have their parents’ permission. Participants must also be able to complete the course within the time limit and follow the orders of officials, while conducting themselves in a sportsmanlike manner. Finally, participants can only wear their own bib numbers and timing devices to ensure fair, accurate finish times.