In last year’s Pittsburgh Marathon 5K component race, it wasn’t hard to spot the 4 young ladies from Propel Northside. Along with their bright pink shirts, they were all wearing smiles of happiness and achievement. These first-time runners were indeed, “Propelled To Run” by their Principal and mentor, Sarah Lordi, an avid runner. Mrs. Lordi wanted the girls (grades 5 and 6) to explore something that they would potentially never try on their own. The result? A huge success for all involved.
Fast forward to the 2015 Pittsburgh Marathon — Sarah Lordi is still an avid runner and the girls from the Northside are still interested in being a part of the “Propelled To Run” Program — and how! The program has now expanded to include grades 4 – 7 and 25 runners will participate! Sarah has enlisted the assistance of another Principal and three teachers are all volunteering their time to help the young ladies prepare for the race.
To make this event even better, Propel Northside will add some family flair to the mix. A dinner will be held for all families, complete with sign-making time so that the girls can see their supporters as they run on the big day!
Says Sarah, “Our training has truly been the best way to end a long day, by running with the girls and watching them cheer each other on. The younger students stand around the gym and give high fives to the older girls as they run past — then the older girls take their turn doing the same for the younger girls.” Team work, dedication and cooperation are making this dream work for young ladies from the Northside. This program allows these girls to learn valuable lessons outside of the classroom: positive body image, self-esteem and tenacity are taught as the girls run toward their goal!
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