Women Show What It Means to Run Like a Girl

By Jim Siegel
The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The ManternOhio “Run Like a Girl” race is in its fourth year, raising thousands of dollars for Go Red for Women, the American Heart Association’s effort to fight strokes and heart attacks in women.

The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio

About 2,200 women came Downtown to Genoa Park on a picture-perfect Saturday morning to answer the question, ‘What does it mean to run like a girl?’

“To be the best you can be, and remind yourself of how strong you are,” said Kathy Hatch, 45, of Pickerington, an avid runner who still walked Saturday’s race despite a stress fracture in her pelvis.

“Be strong and powerful,” said Eugenia Jardy, 40, of Westerville, who began running races just this year.

“Just run with your heart and not be pressured by others to do anything they want you to do. Be a badass,” said Alyson Tucker of Upper Arlington, who crossed the line first in the 5K race.

“It means to get that inner strength and meet your own goals,” said Pat Wilbur of Urbana.

The ManternOhio Run Like a Girl race is in its fourth year, raising thousands of dollars for Go Red for Women, the American Heart Association’s effort to fight strokes and heart attacks in women.

Wilbur’s mother died of heart disease four years ago, which is why she and her daughter, Polly Trenor, were running the race for the second time.

“I did it last year in honor of her and I’m doing it again, although this year I’m running instead of walking,” Wilbur said with a big smile.

Jeff Sheard, whose UltraFit-USA puts on a number of fitness events in the area, said he started this race because he felt an event was missing for women, particularly those who are older and possibly retired who might be intimidated by the idea of joining a road race.

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