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NAOMI LEE AND NEAL RIEMENSCHNEIDER
NEARING THE FINISH LINE.
WENDY LEE PHOTO

Girls On The Run: What Fun!

BY NEAL RIEMENSCHNEIDER


WINCHESTER, VA--A few months ago, a teacher on my team asked if I would be the running buddy for her fourth-grade daughter who had enrolled in a program entitled “Girls on the Run.” The program—as taken from their Web site--“Is a transformational physical activity based on positive youth development for girls third through eighth grade. They teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence though accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.” Put me in my place…I just run for the hardware…

Being that this co-worker, Wendy Lee, was all but carrying me in this my first year teaching this exceptionality of students—there was no way I could say no. Plus, I had been chatting for a few minutes every day with her daughter as she waited for her bus while I was doing that most important teacher function--bus duty--and she was a delightful young lady. So of course I said yes. Now they knew I was a runner and that I am approaching my 1300th race but I think they thought I was some kind of stud runner which is about as far from the truth as one can get (then again, my embellishment of my racing every Saturday might have nudged them to think that…)



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