I’ve decided to form a Team Gluten-Free to raise money for celiac disease while training and running my first marathon. If you want to run PF Chang’s Rock n Roll marathon, why not join my team and raise money for a great cause? If you are interested in donating you can do so on my page.

From now until I actually run the marathon in January 2016 I will be posting different ideas for donations. Join my Facebook group to have instant updates about how my training is going and to see new ways to donate.

For my first donation event I am running a 4 miler on July 4th. Here is more information:

On Saturday, July 4th I will be participating in the Firecracker 4 Mile race in LaCrosse, WI. The Firecracker 4 Mile benefits two wonderful organizations, the LaCrosse Area Autism Foundation and the Children’s Museum of LaCrosse. The website for the race is http://festivalfoodsgrandadhalf.com/firecracker-4/

I have not done a 4-mile race so I will PR (personal record), no matter what! That is always exciting for a runner.

For those who may not know, I spent the first 25 years of my life in LaCrosse. I may not live there anymore, but a piece of my heart will always be there. By participating in races when I visit family, I am given a chance to give back to the community that raised me.

I will be running with my dad. We ran the UW-L Turkey Trot a few years ago together. He is much faster than me and will probably leave me in the dust. I am looking forward to running in cooler weather as we have had record heat in Phoenix lately. Although it will be much, much, much more humid.

Even though I am not yet training for my marathon, I would appreciate a donation to my fundraising page. Let’s consider this the ramp up to the official launch of my marathon training. I will have other ideas and opportunities for you to donate; if this doesn’t appeal to you maybe something else will.

A few ideas for donations:

  • $1 per mile I will run, a $4 donation (equivalent to the cost of one coffee at Starbucks)
  • $1 per mile that both my dad and I will run, a donation of just $8
  • $42 which represents my approximate finish time ($1 per minute). I will most likely average 10:30 per mile
  • $104.80 donation which would be $4 (since this is a 4 mile race) for the 26.2 miles I will run in January
  • $106 the average high in Phoenix on 4th of July (where I currently live)
  • $84 the average July high in LaCrosse

Or any number in between that you feel comfortable with!


Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.