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About this project
GOTR Council: Girls on the Run Southern Utah
Project Created on: 07/17/2018
Project Type: SoleMates
I am excited to be signing up for the Zion Half Marathon February 23, 2019 and running not just for myself, but to support a program that is near-and-dear to my heart: Girls on The Run!
All the money raised will be going to the Southern Utah Girls on The Run Chapter. This will be providing funds for the upcoming Fall/Spring programs which include: healthy snacks, scholarship funds, shoes for all the girls, program materials, shirts, and water bottles.
Girls on The Run is an after/during school program that creatively integrates running activities to promote 3rd - 5th grade girls to be joyful, healthy and confident! Over the 6 - 8 week course the girls learn lessons about dealing with bullies, developing positive self-talk, understanding healthy, balanced nutrition, communicating emotions in an effective manner, and becoming a team player!
Growing up I experienced some heavier challenges and didn't have an established group of support, which led me to developing an eating disorder before high school. By the second year in my college career I was consumed with both eating disorders to a point where I needed to decide between finishing up my BFA degree and becoming a Graphic Designer or my disorder. Fortunately, during this time, a friend introduced running into my life. At the time I was barley able to run a mile, but I knew I wanted to run. I vowed to myself that if I could get healthy and stay healthy after 3 months I would start training for my first half marathon...Not only did I get healthy after those 3 months, but I ran my first half marathon in Des Moines, IA within that year. This May I celebrated 6 years being free from this disorder. Since then I have completed a hand full of road races, 10 half marathons, 7 marathons, qualified 3 times for Boston Marathon, ran 2017 Boston Marathon, and will be running 2019 Boston Marathon. Running has become a positive hobby in my life that continues to teach me more about myself, is a daily reminder of how resilient my body is when I am grateful for it and continue to respect it, and has brought me closer to a lot of great friends & family! Spring 2016 I became a Girls on The Run Assistant Coach and was able to share all my positive experiences through running. At the end of the 8 weeks I was able to run along side Romel, the little girl in the photo, and help her finish her first 5k! As much as we were there to teach the girls I learned that much more about myself. This race is one of my proudest races because I stepped into my friend's shoes (the one who introduced running in my life) and was able to pass along the things I learned to a young girl that didn't have much support in her own family life. Romel's favorite part of her 5K was "all the high-fives"!
Since accepting my full-time job I have not been able to commit my time to coaching, so this is my way to continue to support Girls on The Run! With your support, a whole team of girls will be able to go through the Girls on The Run program in Southern Utah. Allowing them to not only train and finish their first 5K, but also go on to living a healthy, positive, & empowered life!