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Time to SOAR! Team 2009, poised to take on the 26.2 Mile Surf City Marathon!

 

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"Coach, I don't know if I can make it."  She said it plainly as her eyes welled with tears.

It was Mile 22, and 16 year old Priscilla had just "hit the wall", a term used by long distance runners to describe a complete and utter meltdown of mind, body, and spirit.  As I assessed her condition, trying to find words of encouragement, I reflected on the day's events. Priscilla was having a tough day.  Blistered by Mile 6 and  bandaged by Mile 10, Priscilla had become dehydrated and  listless by Mile 19, and now at 22,  more than 6 hours into the race, she stood at the edge of the abyss, dangerously close to heat exhaustion.

"Listen kid, I believe in you.  This is just another race, and you and I are going to finish this one together. We're almost home. You own this thing. Don't let it beat you." 

She hung her head for a moment, then met my gaze and managed a smile. And in that moment, I knew that she had dug deep, and found the strength and  inner courage to achieve the impossible.

Priscilla Hernandez finished the LA Marathon on Sunday in 7 hours 22 minutes and 5 seconds, forever changed, and you, my friends, were with us every step of the way. For that, I am eternally grateful.

Of the 25,000 or so official registrants, just over 17,000 would complete the full 26.2 . The winner would cross the line in just under 2 hours 14 minutes, receive a check for $100,000 dollars, and drive home in a new car.

 As for me, I'll keep my 7:22, the memories of one kid's courage, and a smile shared at 22. 

 

Yours for the long run,

Coach Sarkissian

2009 Students Off And Running (SOAR)

Mission

Santa Clarita Track Club's Students Off And Running (SOAR) helps youth at risk living in Santa Clarita build life skills and establish healthy relationships with peers and adults through training for and competing in a Marathon.

Vision

Santa Clarita Track Club's Students Off And Running (SOAR) aspires to be an after school program available to all schools throughout the Santa Clarita Valley that uses the vehicle of marathon training to empower students and provide them with tools for a healthy and constructive future.

Goals

The ultimate goal of SOAR is for students to participate in a truly life changing event: running a marathon. Beyond achieving a fitness challenge few can aspire to, students walk away from the program with a lifetime of lessons. In addition to increasing physical fitness and activity, students gain knowledge about health and nutrition, see alternatives to risky behavior, increase self-esteem, build resiliency to current and future obstacles, learn how to set and achieve goals, and develop positive peer and adult relationships. Students also gain the potential to translate their remarkable accomplishment into improved school performance and academic success. Seeing the fruits of their hard work upon crossing the finish line will provide SOAR students with the confidence they need to succeed both in and outside the classroom.

Objectives

SOAR establishes running groups at participating schools and implements a seven month training program.  Each running group operates under the guidance of volunteer adult Coaches who role model commitment and perseverance by training mile for mile with student participants in preparation for the marathon.  Coaches may be teachers, school staff or community members and need not have prior running experience. Running groups maintain a 6:1 student-Coach ratio allowing for valuable one-on-one adult-student interaction. Weekly goals are set in a non-competitive environment that stresses endurance building as opposed to speed.  Starting with one mile the first week participants gradually run additional miles each week until they are prepared to take on the 26.2 mile course. During training, Coaches emphasize messages about nutrition, exercise, conditioning, injury prevention and general well-being.  Coaches also use this time to mentor students and create a supportive environment where students can talk about personal, family and academic challenges and develop the confidence to apply themselves and overcome those challenges.

 
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