Spring fever calls for getting outdoors and staying active!
This past weekend four of our girls participated in two different half marathons. Molly Topp and Sarah Shepard ran in the Rock n Roll marathon in Nashville, TN while Bri McClelland and Sasha Gunther ran in the Nike marathon in DC. Both marathons were 13.1 miles, and called for months of hard work, dedication, and training.
The Rock n Roll half marathon raised money for St. Jude Children’s hospital. St. Jude has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. Children from all 50 states and from around the world have come through the doors of St. Jude for treatment, and thousands more around the world have benefited from their research. The race raised $1,153,767.28, and over 30,000 people participated total including the whole marathon, half marathon, 5k, or wheelchair marathon.
Molly reflects on the marathon quoting,” It was an amazing experience! The feeling of finishing the race after months of training was unreal. I really didn’t think I could do it because I wasn’t a runner before, the most I had run was probably four miles before this, but now I really feel like anyone could do it. The local bands at every mile helped a lot to motivate us. It was my first half marathon, as well as Sarah’s so were both excited to run more half marathons in the future!” Sarah agrees adding, “Being able to run along side with my Phi Mu sister made the experience even more special!”
While Sarah and Molly triumphed in Nashville, Bri and Sasha took on DC at the Nike Women’s half marathon. The Nike Women’s Running Series is committed to producing environmentally and socially responsible events and has teamed up with the Council for Responsible Sport to certify both the Nike Women Half Marathon DC and the Nike Women Half and Full Marathon San Francisco as sustainable races. They were two of 15,00 participants, and the race raised over $5 million dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society.
Not only was the race memorable in general for Bri, but to her surprise her family flew in to cheer her on! Bri received a text the night before from her mom of a picture of her sisters in front of the Capital Building saying, “Surprise, your fans have arrived”! She was so excited they could make it, and at mile 11 they held up posters to motivate her to finish the race.
Senior Sasha Gunther enjoyed the race as well, and quotes, “It was actually the perfect race to do for my first half marathon. There were so many people and spectators that it made it a lot easier! And it definitely helped that I got to run it with friends. There were also drummers and bands along the way to keep us entertained! It was amazing seeing the monuments- we got to run by the Capitol, Washington Monument, Jefferson Monument, Lincoln (from a far) and the World War 2 Memorial!”
We are so proud of Molly, Sarah, Bri, and Sasha. Your hard work paid off, and you are an inspiration to us all!