“What does it mean for you to be a Heritage Hawk?”
“It’s a lot. The kids that I saw were put on this huge pedestal when I was so young, and then I started training harder and could get closer and closer to their times, and I started beating them. I always wanted to do better than what I was—I was never satisfied. I still want to do better and get faster and do what I can.”
“When my parents got divorced, that’s when I lifted weights and ran and just got the anger out of me. When I finally let it go, I could finally train well, and it was a lot off my chest. Running helped me through that. When I was mad, I would go out and run.”
“What will be the challenges of running collegiately at Saginaw Valley State, and what are you looking forward to?”
“To handle everything with school, a social life and being a kid, and doing the sport as well—it’s going to be tough. I’ll have to manage it well and grow up. I’m excited to run fast and have a new team and new coach.”
Right: “My brother is the biggest reason why I’m running. He just graduated from college. … I’ve learned to just keep at it. Running allows you to stay fit and make good connections.”
[Note: Both run at Heritage High School, and the team recently returned from its Rifle River cross-country camp—39 guys were at the camp. In the summer, Monday through Friday is optional conditioning, but about 30 guys attend each session.]
The first annual Joana’s Miles 5K Trail Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run took place yesterday morning at Imerman Memorial Park in Saginaw Township, Michigan. I attended the race to do work for Hooray Run, but I left with much more than that.
An excerpt from The Township Times: “All proceeds benefit the Joana D. McKeoun Memorial Scholarship, which is administered by the Saginaw Community Foundation and awarded to a graduating Heritage High School senior each year. It was established in 2013 in honor and memory of Joana McKeoun, who graduated from Heritage High School in 2010 and passed away on October 4, 2013 after a five year battle with brain cancer.”
I was able to talk with Joana’s mother, Tina Walsh, and Joana’s boyfriend, Adam. They were grateful for the enormous turnout and the $3,000+ raised. Joana ran cross country at White Pine and Heritage.
For the second annual race next year, HR will look to do a longer feature. It’s for a great cause, and it’s a family-friendly atmosphere. The previous two photos posted on HR were taken at the race. Photographed here is Adam, the aforementioned boyfriend of Joana.
“A group of nine of us are running the Chicago Marathon in October. Each of us will raise $1,000 or more for the American Brain Tumor Association. … I hope runners leave [this race] inspired and remember that running is a privilege.”