I participated in Girls on the Run in elementary and middle school. My favorite part about GOTR has been the community service projects and snacks. We helped out at places like Harvesters and Love Inc. When I was on the South Valley Middle School team, we went to KC Pet Project for our service day. We brought supplies to them and helped walk and feed the animals. One of the puppies named Elsa fell asleep in my arms. Her 7 siblings were all named after characters in the Frozen movie. They were hyper, and she was so tired. I wanted to adopt her and sent a picture to my dad. He said no at first. We talked him in to it. We kept her first name Elsa and added Adelaide for her middle name. Adelaide is the name of the girl in the Girls on the Run logo.
The GOTR 5K race was always so much fun. Our team would make costumes the night before the race. Every season was different like tie dyed socks, tutus and super hero capes. I became a Jr. Coach for the Liberty Oaks team. I had fun cheering on the girls and helping with lap counters and activities. I was also a Jr. Coach Ambassador working race expos, coach training and the 5K set up. Now that I’m in high school I have ran with both the cross country and track team. I now have the courage to also Pole Vault, Dance and compete on the Forensics and Debate team. I have learned to speak up for myself and help others. I think all young girls can benefit from being on a Girls on the Run team.