BALTIMORE - This weekend, I ran another "Girls on the Run" 5k race. Never underestimate the power of an 11-year-old girl!
Sarah celebrated her fourth and last race with the program, and I was asked to be her running buddy. So we started the morning at 8 a.m. The girls arrived, with their pink and green socks, their tee-shirts and some nerves. Sarah's goal was to finish in 30 minutes.
We lined up among 1400 runners and surrounded ourselves with encouraging words. "Girls on the Run" is a self-empowerment program which believes the world would be a better place if we were nice to one another. With the lessons of gossiping and community service under her belt, Sarah was ready to accomplish her goal.
Anne Arundel Community College was the location. We stayed on campus for the 3.1-mile adventure that took us up and down hills. Sarah set the pace and we were cruising, politely passing when possible. Then the finish line came into sight. She looked at me and said "I'm sprinting." Suddenly, Coach Cheryl couldn't keep up. The clock read 30:56 when she crossed the line, but we started about 30 seconds in, so Sarah smiles. She was happy with her time, and I'm simply amazed that our girls, ages 8 – 11, can accomplish a major test of endurance. This is why I will run strong on June 15 th.