Friday, May 16, 2014

GOTR Spring 5K: The 2014 Recap

I don't typically mix business with pleasure. Running is my escape from the day-to-day routine of the office; however, one of the best parts of the company I work for is that we're very involved in the community and support numerous non-profit organizations. One of those organizations is Girls on the Run New Orleans, a youth empowerment group that "inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident" while training for a 5K. This past Saturday, GOTR NOLA held their annual Spring 5K and I was thrilled to be invited to participate.

Pre-Race
The pre-race hour I spent near the start line in City Park was filled with positive energy as elementary school girls arrived to run their first 5K. Affirmations were posted on signage throughout the area encouraging the participants to do their best during the race and to enjoy the experience. Everyone was encouraged to participate in a warmup of Zumba before the starting horn blasted.

The Main Event
The course for the 5K started on the Festival Grounds in City Park, circled the practice track, Roosevelt Mall, and the New Orleans Museum of Art. The final mile looped the asphalt running track back at the Festival Grounds and finished right where the race started. Water stations were well equipped at each mile marker, with plenty volunteers keeping the girls and their supporters hydrated on the muggy morning.

It was fun to watch the excitement of the Girls on the Run participants take off at the beginning of the race, and run with them through the beautiful course that City Park always provides. Being able to finish and watch the accomplishment on their faces as they successfully crossed the finish line was even more rewarding, and made the early wakeup call worth it.

Final Thoughts
Girls on the Run New Orleans is a great organization that pairs important life lessons with an emphasis on education about a healthy lifestyle. GOTR, along with other local organizations like it, are giving the youngest members of the running community an opportunity to excel from a very early age.

Be on the lookout for the fall 2014 Girls on the Run 5K that will be announced in the coming months. All are invited to participate!

For more photos from the Girls on the Run New Orleans Spring 5K, check out the photo gallery below or LIKE and visit the NOLArunner Facebook page HERE.

2 comments:

  1. So fun! What a great race to be a part of.

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    1. It was a great way to start the weekend, Jen!

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