Former Illini Stephanie Baliga ('09) will run as part of the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels' charity team in the Chicago Marathon.
Sept. 10, 2013
By Lexi Shurilla, fightingillini.com staff writer
Former members of the University of Illinois track and cross country teams will be running for charity in this year's Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 13. Sister Stephanie Baliga, Dan Kremske and Mike Murray are representing the Illini as part of the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels' charity team. Mission of Our Lady of the Angels is located at the site of the 1958 school fire in Chicago, where 92 children and 3 nuns were killed.
Sr. Baliga (Illinois '10) was the sixth freshman in the nation at the 2006 NCAA cross-country championships and was part of the Illinois team that placed sixth in the nation in 2007. She is now a nun at Mission of Our Lady of the Angels and will be attempting to run the "elite development" qualifying time of 3:01.
Kremske (Illinois '11) ran a 1:04 half marathon this past June and will be running from the "elite corral" this year at the marathon. Murray (Illinois '10) will also be representing the Orange and Blue as part of the OLA team.
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon hosts thousands of runners, and those who choose to make their Chicago Marathon experience even more meaningful can run on behalf of a charity. In 2012, over 10,000 charity runners participated in the Chicago Marathon on behalf of more than 160 local, national and global causes.
Mission of Our Lady of the Angels is part of one of the poorest and most violent neighborhoods in the city of Chicago. There is a 42 percent unemployment rate and greater than a 66 percent high school drop-out rate. The area also has the highest number of juvenile arrests in the city.
The mission of the charity is to help alleviate some of these issues. Each month OLA provides food and household goods to about 700 families and serves 900 at risk kids in its afterschool program.
Check out the mission's website for more information.