Five faculty members from Taylors Creek Elementary recently started a running club for girls in grades three through five. They used a 10-week running program to train for the “Couch to 5K” race.
The running coaches include Alana Anderson, Kelly Edgington, Sasha Quarles, Suzanne Russell and Melanie Spradley.
They said coach Bob Brennan, a physical education teacher at TCE, was an asset to the girls’ running club because he made sure they had water on hot days and was an integral part of making the 5K a success.
The girls and coaches met twice a week to run and/or walk, condition and motivate each other.
The coaches said their goal was to train the girls to run a 5K and increase their self-esteem.
“We created a positive environment filled with encouragement and dedication. At the end of the 10 weeks, 42 girls remained,” the coaches said.
The 5K race was held at 9 a.m. May 14 at TCE.
“We had over 100 participants, including students, family members and friends of TCE,” the coaches said. “5/7 Cav B Troop volunteered to help run the 5K by cheering the runners on, handing out water and keeping time.”
The coaches said this is the first club of its type for an elementary school in Liberty County.