This year was the second time I helped coordinate my local Girls on the Run 5K! It was freezing, but it was a success!
The “feels like” temperature was 32° and it was crazy windy.
It wasn’t ideal weather for hundreds of third- through fifth-graders to be running a 5K, but it’s spring in Nebraska so the weather is unpredictable.
I’m the Girls on the Run 5K coordinator for our region, so I’ve been getting ready for the run for the past few months.
Girls on the Run is a program for elementary school girls that focuses on building self-esteem and self-confidence through physical activity. During a 10-week after school program, the girls go through the Girls on the Run curriculum and train for a 5K.
Leading up to the run, I was securing donations for water and bananas, organizing volunteer job assignments and doing media relations.
I arrived at Yanney Heritage Park around 7:45 a.m. to begin setting up for the race. The BF, my parents and my niece also came to help. Volunteers began to arrive around 8 a.m. to help with set up.
The day of the run, I was in charge of the 45 volunteers, and I had to make decisions on where to set up the finish line, flags, signs and finish line water/food area. Luckily, Amy and Deb from Girls on the Run of Nebraska arrived to help before the race began.
I was so impressed with all the volunteers who stuck it out in the cold.
The run started at 10 a.m.
There was only one minor hiccup…the lead biker took the wrong route, which shortened the run. It ended up working out because it was so cold. I don’t think anyone minded that it wasn’t quite a 5K.
It’s always so inspiring to see the girls cross the finish line and get their medal. They work so hard over the course of 10 weeks, and running a 5K is a really big deal!
It was seriously cold! This is my niece and my mom trying to keep warm. I was so cold, my entire body was shaking.
I had to do an interview for our local TV station, and I could barely form a sentence I was so cold.
After the last girl crossed the finish line, we began tearing everything down. It took about two hours to set up, and about 20 minutes to take everything down.
My parents, my niece, the BF and I went to the Egg and I for brunch after we left the park. It felt so good to be inside, drinking coffee and eating warm food.
Because of the weather, not all of the girls who registered showed up to run. So I had a 40 pound box of bananas leftover. I’ve been slowly giving them away and cutting them up to freeze.
It took me about four hours to warm up after the run, and I ended up spending the rest of the day lounging around. I was exhausted!
But my exhaustion and coldness was so worth all the work that went into planning the run.