The Girls on the Run 5K was so much fun.
Waking up at 5:45 a.m. on May 18 was worth it. When I got to the school for the race, I had to find our team. Then, we got to put on the fun and crazy stuff such as hair dye, hair feathers, face paint, funky tattoos, etc. I got to express myself by designing what I wanted to run in. I gave my buddy the race bib I had designed for her, too.
When we finally lined up to run, we tried doing the wave, yelled when the announcer said our school and talked excitedly. We also sang and danced to music. When the horn blew, we all rushed out. There was a huge crowd of running girls and buddies. The people on the side helped us keep going the whole way by cheering. They also kept a smile on our faces.
My running buddy was awesome. She asked if I wanted to run or walk and supported me. I saw my softball coach, my teacher, friends and parents who came to support me and all the Girls on the Run.
When my buddy and I crossed the finish line together, it was the best. We felt a rush of happiness come through us because we did it. I was proud because I only walked once.
After we finished, we helped cheer on other finishers. We watched them cross the finish line smiling. We were all No. 1.
The last meeting was a party and celebration. We made crafts to remember the experience, signed each other’s shirts, took pictures, had food and had Kona Ice. We were a great team that helped each other.
One thing we all know is that we will never forget this awesome chapter of our lives.
• Ansley Morlock is a fourth-grader at North Elementary School in Crystal Lake. For information on Girls on the Run, visit www.gotrnwil.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.