Let’s talk about bullies. They’re horrible. But one bully did something terrible a couple of years ago that turned into something wonderful. Michelle Bandur, a reporter for a local TV station in Omaha, received a nasty letter at the station. Inside was a dollar bill and note that said: “Michelle- Please accept this gift and use it wisely. 50 cents for those bags under your eyes and 50 cents for your big, fat nose. You need the help! A Viewer.”

Michelle is proud of her nose because, when she looks in the mirror, she sees her Polish roots and parents’ image. Rather than taking a negative road, she used that $1 as the impetus to start a campaign to raise funds for programs to empower girls through sports. Michelle is an avid triathlete and want to turn her love of that sport into a vehicle to help girls gain confidence and overcome their fears.

Chilton Running Club is thrilled to announce that our charity partner for this event is Ironhawk Juniors Triathlon Club! Ironhawk Juniors started with that one dollar from a spiteful bully. It has now transformed into an amazing (and FREE) summer program empowering girls through the sport of triathlon. This 8-week program for 8-to-14 year old girls teaches them how to overcome challenges with grace in a positive, supportive and fun atmosphere and culminates with the girls completing a triathlon (age-appropriate distances, of course).

Our final event of the year is going to help fund the program for even more girls to participate in 2019! Be back here Friday, April 8 at 5:00 PM EST as we unveil the event for Chilton Running Club to support Ironhawk Juniors!