It’s Over. What Have I LearnedApril 15, 2012 No Comments
The smiles tell the story. Saturday’s 10th Annual Quintiles Girls on the Run 5k + Fun Run was a great success!
Okay, so what have I learned?
Thousands will show up to support an idea that is reasoned, robust, and righteous. We got it! Girls on the Run is a life-changing character building program for girls 8 to 12.
The 2012 5k was focused and fun. Planning for this fundraiser, however is serious business. All appearances to the contrary Saturday.. you need money, sponsors, organization, and fundraising networks.
I learned that change is not just good. It’s great! Moving from our first race location in Chapel Hill at Meadowmont Village to the American Tobacco Campus area was so necessary!
This baby has grown beyond those parameters. They could not longer contain us there.
I learned how the energy and drive that help to drive this Girls on the run campaign, wouldn’t have all of its umph is it were only for them– if brothers, dads, uncles, and other strong male figures were excluded.
Along the course, I could hear their lower than thou voices encouraging the girls to keep going, that they were doing an awesome job. These men were right there side by side with the girls. I could see some on the side-lines, too — clapping and waving signs.
I learned that one thing that makes Girls on the Run of the Triangle so fantastic to me, seeing girls discover that being themselves is just so cool… that hard work pays off in the end…and that if they put their hearts and souls into finishing what they start, then they win.
I really like how one observer described Saturday’s Celebration… a beautiful day colored with happy faces!