I have always been active: t-ball, soccer, softball, basketball, volleyball, cross-country, marching band... You name it, I tried it! There's something about working hard to achieve a goal, about proving not to others, but to myself, that I'm capapble of success. As I've grown older I've had the great opportunity to be a member of countless teams working towards a common goal. But I've also found there's great joy and pride to be gained from working as an individual - something that's been brought to my life through running.
Last year I decided I just couldn't stand the homesickness I had being away from my siblings, cousins, and all the other little kids in my life anymore, so I found a way to get involved and give back. I became a coach for Girls on the Run. It was one of the best decisions I've made at college. This will be my second season, now as a head coach with GOTR, and I love every minute of it! Getting to share my love and passion for being a healthy and active girl with 15 3rd-5th graders is an absolute blast. That's why I've decided to run by first marathon, as a goodbye to my four years in Pittsburgh, for Girls on the Run.
Please consider donating to a fabulous cause and give a girl the chance to learn just what she's capable of achieving.
A little more about Girls on the Run...
Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. The 12-week program for 3rd-8th grade girls combines training for a 5K event along with lessons on making healthy choices. Each lesson of the curriculum uses warm-ups and workouts that encourage emotional, mental, social, and physical well being. At the end of the 12 week season, all of our local Girls on the Run teams come together for a culminating 5K event and celebration.
Girls on the Run SoleMates is the charity runner program of Girls on the Run, and locally benefits Girls on the Run of Magee-Womens Hospital. Here in western Pennsylvania, over 1,000 girls a year participate in Girls on the Run, and nearly 60% of girls request partial to full program scholarships. We are dedicated to educating and preparing all girls for a lifetime of self respect and healthy living, and to this day have not turned any girl away who is in need of financial assistance to participate.
Your support and contributions will introduce many young girls to the benefits of running, learn to celebrate their physical and emotional health, and recognize their uniqueness and inner strength. Our amazing team of SoleMates for the 2012 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon events raised over $20,000 for program scholarships! Help us this year in reaching our goal of $30,000 and we hope you find the same sense of accomplishment, pride, and joy as these young girls do when they cross the finish line of their first 5K!