Market marathoner

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul
Assistant to the Editor

61st Street Farmer’s Market manager Danny Burke is training to run in this year’s Chicago Marathon, as part of an effort to raise $6000 for the market.

Fundraising began in August and will run through Oct. 13, the day of the marathon. Burke said the money will help to cover the cost of the market’s operation, advertising and educational initiatives, as well as its “double value coupon program,” which matches all LINK card purchases up to $25.

Burke said the market is “trying to focus more on building community support” and that it doesn’t benefit from any municipal funding.

The Woodlawn resident began preparing for the marathon in June with a 16-week training plan that has involved running 50-60 miles a week. He also ran the city’s 2011 marathon to raise funds for the Chicago Special Olympics.

“Running has always been tied to some sort of greater social mission for me,” Burke said.