This articleby USA Today Sports High School Sports talks of elite high school runner Michael Brannigan, a rising senior with autism.
The first thing I noticed is that our attention is caught by this article by the fact that this boy has autism. As a future special education teacher, I’ve learned to recognize, and hate, the stigmas that go along with these disabilities. So I was disappointed by the title, but once I got to the end of the article, it made sense.
Michael won the 2 mile at New Balance Nationals with a time of 8:53. Obviously, he has great talent. The article goes on to talk about Michael’s great accomplishments and dedication to his training.
But it’s the end of the article that really catches your attention. Michael would like to run for a Division 1 institution, but the NCAA has academic requirements for Division 1 athletes. With a disability. Michael has had a hard time reaching these requirements. And this is where the title comes into play.
Everyone should have equal opportunity. Michael’s parents say they want to petition NCAA, which is a smart decision. This boy has no control over his disability, and as the quote stated by his mother perfectly sums it up:
“Here’s a kid who has talent, dedication, and drive. He’s earned the right to run against the best college runners in the country. Why can’t he have the opportunity?”
I came across this video on the runners world facebook page, and absolutely loved it. When did doing something “like a girl” become and insult? Take my blog title for example; “Runner Girl Robin”
I identify myself as a runner, and a girl. And obviously i don’t use any of those terms in a derogatory fashion.
The producers ask older women, and 10 year old girls, the same question: Show us running like a girl.
The older women demonstrated the stereotypical girly girl; laughing, flailing their arms.
But the 10 year olds were a different story. They ran straight and tall, with proud confidence. One girl even said “running like a girl means running as fast as I can!”
It’s time to redefine what doing something “like a girl” means. Because why is it a bad thing?!
If running like a girl means running tall, proud, and with a smile on my face, the hell yeah I run like a girl!
Use the hashtag #LikeAGirl on twitter to declare your support!
If that look on my face doesn’t tell you how much fun I had at 5k Foam Fest, then hopefully this raving review will convince you to do the race yourself!
I had an absolute blast at this race. From the very start! The starting chute itself is a party; loud music and SO MANY BUBBLES!! I’m 5’1″ and was almost completely covered! (And they aren’t made of soap, so they don’t sting your eyes!)
Our course was on a dirt bike course, so it was incredibly hilly. I can’t speak for other courses, but this one was very physically challenging. All in all it took us about an hour to complete the race, but that was with waiting in a few lines for obstacles and some walk breaks.
The race motto is “Get Filthy Clean” because that’s exactly what you do. One minute you’re caked in mud, and the next your covered head to toe in foam. Don’t be fooled- this is also a mud run!!
Some of the obstacles include:
Lily pads (floating on water, you have to run as fast as you can so you don’t fall in!)
DEATH DROP SLIDE (my favorite)
Plus you get this nifty medal at the end (and a t-shirt)
Two other fabulous features of the race is that you can use your bib number to check your bag, so bring your phone so you can take pictures! And as for the mud, no worries- they have a shower station of hoses!
Well now that I’ve told you how fun it is, I’ve got a little bonus: use the code FF3804 to get a discount on your registration!
So really, fun AND a discount? How can you say no?! 😉