My name is Jim Harding and I am the coordinator of our Mercy Home Heroes program.

We are so excited to have you join our Heroes team, which brings hope and healing to the boys and girls of Mercy Home. Since 1887, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls has provided children and families with healing and tools to build brighter futures. It gives children who’ve experienced abuse, neglect, or violence a safe home, educational support, and career guidance.

I have run the Chicago Marathon 12 times, including nine times as a pace team leader with New Balance and Nike, so I have an intimate knowledge of the race. I also have completed seven ultramarathons, including a personal best 55-miler in 2019.

I participated in the Chicago Marathon and the Hood to Coast Relay with Team World Vision, fundraising more than $20,000 total for the two events. In 2017, I ran a 50k for my 50th birthday on a 1-kilometer loop around our boys campus and raised more than $5,000 for our kids. In a tough 2020, I raised nearly $8,000 to bring my total to more than $23,000 in four events as a Hero.

I am well-prepared and excited to help you succeed in your training and fundraising.

I joined Mercy Home in August 2016 after 25 years as an editor in the Sports Department of the Chicago Tribune. I am blessed to have the opportunity to serve you on your journey and am always available for questions or just to chat. Thanks for being a Hero to our kids!