Just last week, I was interviewed for a really cool magazine called Like the Wind, they wanted to know more about MMRC and mostly they wanted to know WHY I run. I'll save the details for when the article comes out but what answering those questions did was reminded me of the first days I started running as an adult. It brought back the feeling of the wind in my face as I struggled to run longer and longer but mostly, as I wrote my responses, I imagined the girls I've met over the years. Each time I see a Mini Mermaid, I ask her "What do you LOVE about being a Mini Mermaid?", More often than not, they tell me they love to run. They didn't know they could run, and they feel free when they do. Our programs all are steeped richly in words to help girls and boys find their voices, to know they matter and can make an impact in the world around them. AND these kids get to run. Their running isn't tied to a result, they aren't timed or tracked on a data sheet, there isn't some benchmark they need to meet on a weekly basis. What they do in our program is MOVE and run when they want or walk when they want or skip when they want. Our children's days aren't often open enough for time to move with abandon; I know running for me with abandon as I fly through the forest or run past the ocean fills my soul and my mind so I can go back to the life I live. We get to give this moment to kids everywhere.
Because of you and your generosity in our year-end campaign, we can serve an additional 144 girls and boys this year. There is still work to do, and we anticipate bringing our programs to close to 2500 kids in 2016. 86% of those kids will receive it for free; it's not too late to donate or tell someone else about us to help us raise enough funds to serve all 2150 kids. Want to help? Donate here.
Stay tuned in the months to come, we've got some really awesome stuff coming up in 2016. Our team is working hard to make sure every child has a chance to discover the finish line is just the beginning.
As always, I am grateful for you and your continued support. - Heidi Boynton, Executive Director
MMRC is looking for Volunteers Coaches. Do you have a daughter, niece, granddaughter or younger sister that would like to participate in the program? YOU can be her coach. To learn more email email@example.com.
Mini Mermaid Running Club featured in Women's Running Magazine.
Meet the latest member of the Mini Mermaid Running Club office team! Sam was born and raised in Santa Cruz. She attended San Francisco State University, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and participated in a year-long study program in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Sam loves traveling, snowboarding, CrossFit and spending time with family and friends.
Meredith has been a Mini Mermaid Running Club coach for 5 years. She began at her girls' school, Del Rey Elementary in Orinda, California. She and her family have recently moved to Ashland, Oregon and she hopes to continue coaching there. Here is what she had to say about her experience as a MMRC coach:
I wanted to start coaching because at the time my daughter was in 1st grade and she really enjoyed running but there were no running programs for children that young. I went to an informational meeting for MMRC and realized if I wanted my daughter to have the opportunity to run that meant I would need to be a coach! While I was nervous about coaching MMRC provided me with all of the tools I needed to be an effective coach.
The best part about being a coach is seeing the girls transform throughout the six weeks. Some of the girls grasp the real depth of the program right away, but the most rewarding part is watching the girls who come back every year and evolve and grow just as the curriculum does. MMRC is without a doubt the most rewarding thing I have ever done, getting to know these girls on a deeper level is what keeps me coming back year after year.