By Joanna Caley, GOTR Coach
Photos courtesy of Tyra Scott and Loucile Powers
The weather was perfect for a great 5K race on Sunday. After gathering in Lock 3 and checking in at the SGWS sign post, the girls were invited to have their faces and hair painted to “show their colors.” Then, all the race participants were invited to the main stage for the race kick-off and stretching. We heard encouragement from Mayor Don Plusquellic and Sarah Shookman from WKYC, and were led in a very enthusiastic stretching session by one of the GOTR coaches and teams.
The race was done with a color wave start to accommodate the hundreds of racers. Our purple wave was the last wave to start so we waited a bit to get on the course. But it was very exciting when we did get started! The course took us through the streets of downtown Akron and on to the Towpath. It was an interesting course with lots of cheering supporters all the way.
Many of our girls ran with family members – moms, dads, and uncles! – or ran together with their friends. All the coaches were in the race – even coach Stimpson with her triplet sons – with the exception of Nancy Mann, who was enjoying vacation with her family.
The best part was rounding the turn at Lock 3 to the finish line with the huge crowd cheering us on. Everyone received a medal when crossing the finish line, along with lots of high fives! It was amazing to see our girls be part of a larger community, all participating in the same great program. I’m sure the memory will last a long time!
We are set to have a Fall session of GOTR at Spring Garden (we will not be having it next spring). Sign-ups begin in August. Look for more details as the sign-up date approaches!