BENEFITING: ATLANTA TRACK CLUB INC
ORGANIZER: ATLANTA TRACK CLUB INC
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
My Running Story:
I've honestly been running my whole life. I was the kid in P.E. class who would beg the teacher to let us run more. In 7th grade after completing the 1 mile run test in P.E. class, my P.E. teacher said to me, "why don't you run cross country next year?" My response, "what's cross country?" After then attending the JV/Varsity High School cross country team interest meeting, I couldn't wait. From 8th grade through my senior year of high school, I ran every season of cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track. And every summer I trained for the upcoming season of cross country. I attended The College of William and Mary where I ran on my own and competed in road races as often as my college budget would allow. I ran my first half marathon during my freshman year of college and was hooked on the longer distances. For a few years, I competed on the Fort Lee, Virginia, Army Ten Miler Team. In graduate school at James Madison University while working towards my masters degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology, I taught a general kinesiology course with a running component. My graduate program was a unique atmosphere--majority of the professors and most of the students were all endurance athletes. We trained and competed together. Comparing our V02max scores was a regular conversation. Since moving to Georgia in May 2014, I joined the Atlanta Track Club, became a coach for the Walton Youth Track Club in East Cobb, and have served as a Run Lead with the ATC . Running has always been a part of my life! I love sharing my passion for running with others as I help them achieve their running goals.
Why Am I Doing This:
I am excited and honored to be on the Atlanta Track Club's team for the NYC Marathon! Raising money for Kilometer Kids is so important. Kilometer Kids is an incredible organization--teaching kids at a young age how to be healthy by increasing physical activity! I teach Clinical Exercise Physiology at Georgia State. In this course, my students learn about topics such as cardiac abnormalities, cardiovascular disease, peripheral artery disease, and diabetes. More importantly, we discuss the benefits of exercise for each clinical population. There is a recurring theme with many of the diseases--obesity is the #1 risk factor. Teaching children to be physically active at a young age decreases their risk for developing cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic diseases later in the life. I am so excited to raise money for an organization that promotes healthy behavior in children!
ATLANTA TRACK CLUB INC wrote -
Kilometer Kids inspires youth to achieve health and fitness through a fun and supportive running program, empowering children with the knowledge they need to make smart lifestyle choices.
History of the Program
Kilometer Kids is the youth running program of Atlanta Track Club, the second largest running organization in the United States and organizer of the AJC Peachtree Road Race. The program launched in 2007 with one location serving 38 kids. Today, Kilometer Kids impacts more than 7,500 kids in communities throughout the Atlanta region and beyond. It is funded by partners, private donations and Atlanta Track Club.
What's the Benefit?
Kilometer Kids seeks to create lifelong healthy habits in children, instilling in participants the importance of an active lifestyle. Through the program, kids learn that exercise is a fun and rewarding activity, opening the door for physical activity to become a lifelong habit. Based on statistics, establishing an active lifestyle at a young age is extremely important. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there is a lack of physical activity among many children that has led to a 17% obesity rate for children in the United States. By encouraging an active lifestyle with children in the Atlanta region and beyond, Kilometer Kids and Atlanta Track Club seek to improve participants’ health and the alarming statistics on childhood obesity, while imparting confidence, self-worth and drive into all Kilometer Kids participants.