I have been running with Team for Kids for the past six years and have been a mentor to new TFK members for the last three. It has been a great experience both because I get to share my own (sometimes painful!) running lessons with like-minded folks but more importantly because I have learned so much from the people I have mentored. What have I learned?
1. Once you have made the commitment, find ways to accomplish it. One of my mentees was from Louisiana, training during a summer that saw daily scorching heat for almost two months. He got up very early each morning - 4:00a.m. - to get his runs in—using a reflective vest & headlamp.
So remember, just wear your TFK singlet during the marathon, write your name on the front and see the `shout outs’ you get along the route!
“Our races are to our sport what Wimbledon and the Australian, U.S., and French Opens are to tennis, and what the Masters, U.S., and British Opens and PGA Championship are to golf. Each race has the history, the tradition, the honor roll of legendary champions, and a special place in the eyes of all to make them stand apart from the other events.” Mary Wittenberg