Saturday, November 10, 2012, was the WonderGirl 5K sponsored by Girls On The Run. This was the culminating event of a 13 week self esteem, positive body image program for girls in grades 3-5.
The gun sounded and we were off….a little slowly at first as there were so many people and not a lot of space. As we ran through the neighborhood, the crowds cheered and honked horns in support of the girls. Everywhere words of encouragement could be heard…..”You can do this!” “I am proud of you!” “You are going to finish…” We walked a bit and ran a bit …we got through the distance….
As soon as the finish line was in sight the girls finally realized that they would finish. We ran to the finish with the sounds of the crowd yelling and flashes going off as a multitude of parents and supporters took pictures and cheered! The girls…every one of them…crossed the finish line head held high smiling from ear to ear!
When we arrived back at our school gathering site, we met with all the other girls proudly wearing their medals! Parents were all sharing stories with one another so visibly proud of their little girls! The girls were beaming! What a sight!!! Shortly after, it was time to part ways and head home.
The girls wore their shirts and medals to school on Monday and we coaches could not be prouder of them!! This was a life changing event for not only the girls but families and coaches as well.
We all started running at different times in our lives. We all run for different reasons. We all train for different events. Everyone had to start somewhere. Our hope and prayer is that this was the start of something good for all these girls and families.