Thursday, October 19, 2006

GOTR


GOTR
Screenshot of the GOTR website. To visit the site click here


Last night I ran, walked and walked backward on the track. I also crawled, laid and rolled on the grass. Somewhere in there was also a pretend picnic where small leaves represented H20 and lemon juice. I lucked out, my 11yr. old partner, Chelsea, was an out of the box thinker. It was a touchy start at first. She wasn't comfortable with me because I was a boy but she warmed up eventually. Besides I told her the truth, "Chelsea boys are scared of girls too".

Girls On The Run is a non-competitive after school program for young girls that combines a physical activity running with learning. If you click on the link there's more details there. They are one of the charities that is connected with our tri-club. Besides monetary donations, tri club members are also encouraged to get involved. It's not a big commitment, the current request is only for two Weds. The program itself runs 10 weeks at a time and they meet twice a week.

It was a lot of fun! The girls were full of energy. It was us, the triathletes who were the anxious, shy ones. In the beginning my friend Alyssa and I kept looking at each other with that "what did we get ourselves into look". Thankfully there were three teachers there, they made sure everyone was ok - especially the grownups. The lesson for the day was Alcohol, Drugs and Smoking and all the running exercises we did that day kept touching on this theme.

That was a good time and I'm actually looking forward to next Wednesday.

6 comments:

  1. Squirt4:45 AM

    you jerk, I can't believe you told your little buddy that. you are something else, my brother. anyway, it's always good to know that there are still "outside-of-the-box" thinkers. they're usually the ones who get us somewhere. =D

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  2. Something's wrong with my comments, they don't go through:(
    Hey, can you fly back in time and make such team for me as a little girl?

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  3. Hmm...what could I do if I could travel back in time? Anyway those girls would get a kick out of someone like you. A girl who can run 26 to 100 miles up and down hills.

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  4. Thanks for posting this. I have been thinking about setting up a program like this when I begin teaching and I look forward to checking out the website and getting ideas. I may e-mail you in the future for more details, but it sounds great. Good for you for getting involved.

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  5. small small world..a friend of mine started this chapter a few years back.....stephen and I tried to raise money for them through MdS, but they could not get their act together...so glad they are gettng help from you...the lover of all things great and small....

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  6. Well it's fun, getting involved and all that. Now that I'm racing less and have pretty much cut out all the tri training, I've got the time to spread around. Just staying active, keeping it movin'.

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