As a national sponsor of the Girls on the Run SoleMates charity running program, Garmin is partnering with this great organization to further their mission and share the stories of the women and men who are “running for a reason.” Runners can sign up for any event — runs, walks, bike rides or triathlons — and raise funds that will support their chosen council of Girls on the Run. Want your next race to help change lives? Find out more here. Then read how Doug, a past GOTR coach from Vermont, truly went the distance for Girls on the Run as part of a two-person, dual-SoleMates marathon relay. Wait ‘til you hear how Doug and another relay runner finished the final challenging miles in style!
What does a Girls on the Run supporter do when life gets too busy to coach? Like turning lemons into lemonade, I became a SoleMates fundraiser. I couldn’t coach last spring, so I signed up to raise money for Girls on the Run Vermont as part of the SoleMates running/fundraising program. SoleMates gave me the motivation to train for the half marathon distance and gave me a chance to promote Girls on the Run among my family, friends, and coworkers. I registered for the 2-person relay at the Vermont City Marathon, and even found a relay partner who wanted to be a SoleMate, too!
The race took place on a beautiful day in late May. Lots of SoleMates racers and supporters met up before the race and there was even a decorated Girls on the Run port-o-let. I ran the second half of the race and felt great. Wearing my SoleMates shirt, I got many shout-outs from spectators along the course.
And what happened at the end of the race, I will always remember. In the last 2 miles of the race, another relay runner and I agreed that we would help each other take it in strong to the finish line. She jumped into the crowd at one point and emerged wearing a crown (her fun way to feel good?). The crowd cheered for her like crazy and we crossed the finish in a sprint. I then noticed she was also wearing a sash that said "Miss Vermont". WOW! I had just run with Katie Levasseur, Miss Vermont for 2011! As if I couldn't be more surprised, she said that she liked that I was promoting Girls on the Run because she had been a coach last year (like me). It was a wonderful race day and a great way to support an awesome group – Girls on the Run.