The Togetherness of the 5K Runners

02 05 15 Lonely runnerI know this dates me, but one of the movies that always intrigued me as a young person was “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.”  The fact that it was British was one factor (in the height of “Beatle-mania”) and also that it was about something as arcane as running (this was waaay before the running craze began.)

If you haven’t seen it, I won’t spoil it for you, but suffice it say that in the movie, running was a symbol of something more than just the act of running.  And for Piedmont Housing, our running programs at Friendship Court–Girls on the Run and Let Me Run–are about more than the running.  Even though running is a very individualistic sport, these programs build solidarity and a peer group.  In addition to running, the children learn about making good decisions, being a good friend, and coping with the social pressure they will face as teenagers.

So, it’s about more than the running–but the running is great!  Starting, enduring and finishing the race brings a lesson as well –you set your mind to it and YOU DID IT.

Please help us raise the money we need to keep these running programs going. Donate here.–ktk