There’s a surreal moment when you see a face you recognize downtown. It’s even more surreal when it’s one of your best friend’s face – blown up on a Nike Ad.
Throughout Chicago, Nike has done a few things to highlight Chicago women athletes. The first is they held a series of events around female runners and their new campaign – a crazy dream becomes reality when you just do it.
Friends Support Friend’s Crazy Dreams:
“Just do it” has become more than just a brand’s mantra. It became my mantra when I ran the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. During my runs, I reached out to other Chicago bloggers on social media who were running. One of them was Sany from Sany Delight Instagram.
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What makes running the Chicago Marathon so special to me is that people of all ages and ethnicities traverse the city’s streets, passing through 29 unique neighborhoods that together create a tapestry of Chicago’s rich culture, history and beauty. I love the energy of the city, not to mention the eye candy views throughout the course. After months of training, I’m excited to announce I’m partnering with #Biofreeze, to run once more through this amazing city! I cannot wait to cross that finish line! 📸: @chriscreature #sponsored . . . . #MyChicagoMarathon #BOAChicagoMarathon
This year, Sany’s tackling her second Chicago Marathon. She recently shared her story at the Nike Headquarters on Michigan Ave. and as a girl boss, you have to support other girl bosses and their accomplishments.
I and some other bloggers including Marlena Begier from Style Your Passion, and Margaret from Marzlet Eats Chicago and Fenique from Chic in Chicago were all there as Sany was on a panel with three other women talking another how they turned dreams into a reality.
Chicago Women Talk Turning Dreams into Reality at Nike HQ:
The Nike panel on Thursday, September 27th included Chicago blogger, Hayet Rida, 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Dalilah Muhammad, Jessica Garcia who helps high school students run the Chicago Marathon, and finally Chicago food and fitness blogger, Sany Nguyen of the Instagram account, Sany Delight. The panel was moderated by Nike Master Trainer, Emily Hutchins.
Sany talked about how she wasn’t a runner, but because she had so many injuries from sports, she picked it up. It was hard for her and it wasn’t her favorite, but she just does it. And now she’s running her second marathon with the help of Biofreeze.
Dalilah talked about how all she’s been doing is running – that’s what you do when you’re an Olympic Gold Medalist. But now her running career is winding down and her crazy dream is to get into fashion.
Nike Ad Campaign features Chicago Bloggers:
Nike also ran an ad campaign throughout Chicago featuring Chicago women running the 2018 Chicago Marathon. This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen because they’re real women in our community tackling long-term goals.
Photos include Sany from Sany Delight on 333 W Wacker.
It also featured model and actress and Founder of Style Your Passion, Marlena Begier. Her Nike ad is located on State Street and Washington.
And Health and Fitness Blogger of Britness, Brittany Tempest was also featured in the Nike Ad in Lakeview.
I love how the city of Chicago and Nike embraces athletes and supports each other and our crazy dreams. Good luck to everyone running on Sunday, October 7th!
Amanda Elliott is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.