Last week we wrapped up our 2013 Girls on the Run season with another unforgettable celebration. 2,200 third through fifth grade girls from across Southwest Michigan participated in the 5K event alongside another almost 2,000 coaches, volunteers, family and friends that took over Waldo Stadium on Western Michigan University’s campus in Kalamazoo.
Our girls enjoyed making decorative tutus at our Monday practice for the run and then a little pizza and awards party on Wednesday before the big day. Each girl received a “Molly award”, named after the founder of Girls on the Run, which included the “firecracker”, “quiet strength”, and “social butterfly” awards.
My favorite part of the entire season every year is arriving at Waldo Stadium to the tremendous amount of energy and then watching girls cross the finish line with huge smiles on their little faces. Truly inspiring.
If there is one lesson I learned from these girls this year, it’s to really live in the moment. These girls are at an age where they are learning so much from their peers, parents, teachers, coaches and mentors, and yet still lack many of the cares in the world. Each day we get a little older and we all have our worries but why not just live for today. After all, we certainly aren’t getting any younger!