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Proud to be part of Girls on the Run

Published: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 11:40 p.m. CST
Anna Calhan

We did it. We completed a 5K.

That goes to show you that you can do anything you are determined to do.

I know you’re probably wondering what I’m talking about, so let me explain. On May 18 at Girls on the Run, we had our 5K. It was an amazing thing to be a part of. All of Girls on the Run participated in our end-of-the-year 5K. Every girl runs with a running buddy that helps encourage her to finish the race. My running buddy was my second-grade teacher, Mrs. Stlaske, who has been running with me for three years. (Thank you, Mrs. Stlaske.)

The 5K race is really fun because everyone is cheering you on, you see all the other runners, and it makes you feel like this is the place to be.

To me, the Girls on the Run 5K was challenging, but also fun and encouraging. Sometimes, it’s good to be challenged because it makes you stronger. I had my sparkly cord plugged in during the whole 3.1-mile race. When I crossed the finish line, with a smile on my face, I knew I could accomplish anything and that my 10 weeks of training paid off.

Girls on the Run is an amazing program that I was fortunate to be a part of. Being a Girl on the Run has taught me to stay positive, make healthy choices, cooperate with my peers, how to deal with bullying, help make a difference in our community and so many other amazing things that are a part of my everyday life.

I am proud to have been involved in Girls on the Run for the past six years and to be a Girls on the Run participant for three years. Thank you, Girls on the Run.

• Anna Calhan is a fifth-grader at South Elementary in Crystal Lake. For information on Girls on the Run, visit or email

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