Tonight was the Excellence Awards for Girls on the Run Charlotte.  It was a big party to celebrate and honor all the volunteers, coaches, and committee members who made 2010 – 2011 possible. 

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GOTR was started in 1996 in Charlotte and is now all over the USA and Canada.  In total, 250,000 girls have gone through this AMAZING, life-changing program since its inception.  When GOTR started, there were 13 girls in the first chapter – this year, the Charlotte chapter served 2,450 local girls!   This program really does boost self-confidence and teach the girls how to be emotionally and physically healthy.  

 

I am so, so proud to be involved with Girls on the Run and – as always – I urge you to volunteer with your local chapter, if it’s available.  There are many great ways to get involved, no matter what your schedule is like or how much time you have to give.  Not only does GOTR help the girls, volunteering with GOTR has helped me, too.  It has made me a kinder person.  I love it!

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After some introductions, we all grabbed dinner, which was sponsored by Noodles and Company, a GOTR sponsor. 

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I grabbed some AMAZING macaroni and cheese and a salad. It was delicious.  I also had a slice of cake!

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Then – it was awards time! Coaches were honored for volunteering for five and ten seasons.

 

And then.. much to my surprise, I received the Rookie of the Year Award, the Adelaide Award!  One of the major factors in the committee decision’s was the $10,000 Operation Beautiful Scholarship Fund – which I won the cash for thanks to YOUR votes!  So this award is really for all of us!  Thank you again for always supporting Girls on the Run and this blog.  It means a lot to me, and it also has positively impacted dozens of girls in Charlotte who otherwise would not have been able to afford the program.

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The award is named after Adelaide, who was the first girl to walk up to Molly Barker (GOTR Founder) on the very first day of the first GOTR practice in 1996.  She said, “Hi, my name is Adelaide, and I’m here for Girls on the Run.”  Molly loved Adelaide so much for that, she named our official logo after her!  Pretty cool, huh?

 

Let’s see – after the awards ceremony, the Husband and I sat on our porch and drank wine.

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And since we were filled with GOTR positivity, we begun filling out our special messages to each of our girls. 

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Don’t tell him I told you, but the Husband shed a serious tear while considering how much GOTR has impacted him as the co-coach as he wrote his messages.  Such a sweetie.

 

In other news, I also snacked on two slices of cinnachip

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… and an apple as I plowed through a ton of work earlier.  No time for exercise, though!  Alas, there is always tomorrow.

 

Good night, my friends!

{ 57 comments }

 

  • Lu @ A Mix of it All May 2, 2011, 9:35 pm

    As soon as I’m better at running I’m going to try and volunteer for the GOTR here is San Antonio. Then again I could just go volunteer and me and the girls can tackle the runs together. No, I should be an inspiration, not the one wheezing in a corner. I’ll finish my first half marathon in November… Then I’ll go.

    • Caitlin May 2, 2011, 9:36 pm

      Trust me you don’t have to be a runner to do it! You can walk run with the girls and they will help you improve, too!

    • Alicia May 2, 2011, 10:11 pm

      Lu,
      I second what Caitlin said. I coached GOTR last fall and one of our coaches was not a runner–at all. She would walk with the girls when they needed to walk or she would be the one to hand out counters and encourage them as they ran by. Being a beginner runner is great b/c you will improve along with the girls. Go for it! It is an incredible experience!

  • TheHungeredOne@MovingandMunching May 2, 2011, 9:37 pm

    Congrats!! Your award looks super cute and the cinnachip looks good mmmm

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg May 2, 2011, 9:38 pm

    Congrats on that award! I am so glad that you and your hubby joined up with GOTR — what a great organization!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) May 2, 2011, 9:41 pm

    I think that is such a great organization and I really think you did a great thing for them. I love that your husband did it with you. I think it says something about a couple that do things like that together. Congrats on the award!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing May 2, 2011, 9:41 pm

    Congrats! We’re still 2 weeks away from our 5K. Excited about the banquet though!

  • Christine May 2, 2011, 9:42 pm

    Congrats on the Rookie award! I so wish I could start a group where I live, it’s just hard because I’m a high school teacher and my schedule doesn’t quite match up with nearby elementary schools (at least right now).

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley May 2, 2011, 9:43 pm

    I love the positivity you spread in your blog, and all the experiences you share about GOTR. You totally deserve that award, congratulations!

  • Julie @ Lettuce Choose Healthy May 2, 2011, 9:43 pm

    i love the gift you gave the girls. Such a great idea!!

  • Kristen May 2, 2011, 9:45 pm

    I wonder how hard it is to start up a chapter in Canada…so far the only Canadian chapters are in and around Toronto and I am nowhere near there.

    That’s really sweet about your husband.

  • rebecca lustig May 2, 2011, 9:48 pm

    GOTR is such a phenomenal organization. I’m trying to get involved with one in my town (yardley, PA).

    you should be so proud of what youve done for these girls.

  • Abby May 2, 2011, 9:56 pm

    I love hearing about GOTR! This looks like such a nice evening!

  • Kristy @ KristyRuns May 2, 2011, 9:57 pm

    Congrats on the award! Looks like a great time! 🙂 P.S. I need that cinnachip bread!!!

  • courtney @ the granola chronicles May 2, 2011, 10:00 pm

    I have been wanting to get involved with GOTR out here in the Bay Area. I think this post is the final push that I needed!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) May 2, 2011, 10:05 pm

    I can’t thank YOU enough for sharing GOTR with us and inspiring me to be a coach this season! My life has changed in so many positive ways and I seriously LOVE my girls! I’m so sad that our season is ending in a few short weeks. 🙁

  • salah@myhealthiestlifestyle May 2, 2011, 10:08 pm

    Congratulations on the award!! That bread looks soooo good!

  • Johanna May 2, 2011, 10:12 pm

    What a great program! Congrtas on being rookie of the year. That mac and cheese looks good.
    I am currently trying to convince my husband to name our first girl Adelaide(if we have one), I love that name and what a sweet story.

    • Caitlin May 3, 2011, 8:52 am

      I think it’s a great name! Very unique and beautiful.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 2, 2011, 10:14 pm

    CONGRATS!! WHat a great program 🙂 ANd what a fulfilling day!

  • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef May 2, 2011, 10:15 pm

    congrats on the award! how neat 🙂

  • Baking 'n' Books May 2, 2011, 10:24 pm

    You guys deserve it!

    Porch and wine. Yes.

    “Alas there is always tomorrow”…God Bless You for saying that. I don’t think you realize but little comments and quotes that you add in there like that can really make the difference in my psyche…thank you.

    • Caitlin May 3, 2011, 8:51 am

      I’m glad my blog helps you, sweetie.

  • chelsea May 2, 2011, 10:26 pm

    GOTR isn’t in Montana!!! I want to be a part of it so they need to expand here!! Montana has girls too you know. Congrats! You are awesomesauce.

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) May 2, 2011, 10:27 pm

    Cute about your husband getting sentimental. I think volunteering brings out the best in people.

  • emily May 2, 2011, 10:33 pm

    Congrats! (on winning the award and on having an amazing, sensitive husband!) 🙂

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) May 2, 2011, 11:06 pm

    GOTR, giving back, helping out…you rock, Caitlin. I wish to god I had had MORE young women like you volunteering and mentoring me when I was that age…and it is a reminder with my 4 yr old, to BE INVOLVED in the lives of young girls and the next generation 🙂

  • Mo May 2, 2011, 11:06 pm

    Congrats on the award!! You deserve it…not only for the money you raised, but you really spread the word around the country on your blog. I would not have heard about it/signed up to be a GOTR Running Buddy, if it wasn’t for you.

    PS- Nice Riedel wine glasses – very classy!

    • Caitlin May 3, 2011, 8:51 am

      Thanks for being a running buddy!

  • Julie (Food & Other Things) May 2, 2011, 11:08 pm

    Congrats on your award…that’s awesome, very well deserved!

  • khushboo May 2, 2011, 11:28 pm

    Congrays! GOTR is such a noble cause. Everyone lately seems to be complaining ‘how busy they are’ so it’s refreshing to see someone who has a lot on her plate but yet be able to fit it in and actually enjoy it! I wish there was a GOTR in Mumbai!

  • Heather C May 2, 2011, 11:54 pm

    Congrats on the award!! Very much deserved 🙂 A good friend of mine is a GOTR coach here and I finally have a job where I can join her next Fall – very excited! This is such an amazing organization.

    • Caitlin May 3, 2011, 8:49 am

      Yeah!! I am so glad you can be involved now. You’ll love it.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 3, 2011, 12:00 am

    Awww congrats!!! What you do is so amazing 🙂
    And now i’m SERIOUSLY craving some GH bread like wow.

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) May 3, 2011, 12:00 am

    Aw, I would love to coach GOTR! There aren’t any groups near me, though. It looks like such a great activity!

  • Kristina May 3, 2011, 12:17 am

    Congrats – very well done and very deserved!

  • lisa May 3, 2011, 12:25 am

    Congrats! I’m going to check on GOTR in my area!

  • Shannen May 3, 2011, 2:07 am

    Congrats! Nothing’s stronger than the heart of a volunteer 😉

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) May 3, 2011, 3:32 am

    I just love the whole idea of GOTR. I desperately want to become a coach! Gotta wait until I’m back in the states, though!

  • Bec May 3, 2011, 3:59 am

    Oh my goodness, that post gave me goosebumps…. brimming with such positivity.

  • Nadine May 3, 2011, 4:36 am

    Congratulations on your award, Caitlin! As the mother of a pre-tween girl, I LOVE what you have done with GOTR! Aside from all the girls you have inspired and helped via your scholarship, look at how many of us you’ve motivated to do something, too. I have taken the initial steps to get involved with GOTR in my area (which hasn’t quite gotten off the ground yet!) — but I never would have known (or cared!) about it if it wasn’t for you.

    • Caitlin May 3, 2011, 8:48 am

      Yay! I am so glad you are getting involved with GOTR 🙂 I hope it works out!

  • Little Bookworm May 3, 2011, 5:51 am

    Congrats! I agree with other commenters, that you deserve it!

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 3, 2011, 5:55 am

    What an amazing event for an amazing organization.. and YOU are also amazing for all that you have done for these girls. You have inspired them – through more then just physical fitness.. an award well deserved!

  • cathy May 3, 2011, 6:18 am

    hearty congrats on receiving the rookie award, caitlin!
    thanks for the example you set in terms of volunteering, in general. you and the husband are both super-busy, yet MAKE time to volunteer. just like how oprah showed that almost anyone CAN do a marathon (time management + training), you help show that anyone CAN make time to volunteer.
    and what a great organization to be involved in!

    • Caitlin May 3, 2011, 8:47 am

      Thank you so much for this nice comment. I really believe in the power of volunteering! Everyone should do it.

  • Lauren May 3, 2011, 7:01 am

    What an amazing opportunity for the two of you for such a wonderful organization. You always continue to give in so many ways Caitlin, it’s no surprise you were awarded for it. 🙂

  • April May 3, 2011, 7:33 am

    Congratulations, that is a well-deserved honor for you!

  • Tammy Root May 3, 2011, 7:50 am

    Wonderful news! Congrats Caitlin!! Well-deserved. It’s true what they say about life biggest rewards not coming from possessions. I am certain this made you feel far better than any ‘thing’ could have. 🙂 Enjoy.

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me May 3, 2011, 8:01 am

    Yay congrats! Very exciting! I know you deserve it. 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 3, 2011, 8:18 am

    What a fun evening, and CONGRATULATIONS on your award!! You are such an inspiration Caitlin. I’m sure the girls admire you far more than you know! 🙂

  • Alison @ Around the VeggieTable May 3, 2011, 10:21 am

    Caitlin, I LOVE that you are so involved with GOTR and congratulations on your award! You are such an inspiration. I hope to be able to volunteer with the organization as well at some point soon-ish but would have to start from the ground up since we don’t have a local chapter. Anyways, I’m proud of you 🙂

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) May 3, 2011, 11:12 am

    Awwww congrats!!!! You deserve it girl. 🙂
    That is so cute about the husband getting emotional.

  • Erin May 3, 2011, 7:42 pm

    Congratulations on the awards! I am coaching a GOTR team in St. Louis now too and I love seeing your creative spins on some of the activities. I also almost got teary reading that your husb got teary writing their notes. I’m blown away how attached I’ve gotten to my girls in just a few months.

    • CaitlinHTP May 3, 2011, 8:39 pm

      Girls on the Run girls are the very best!

  • Alissa May 4, 2011, 6:49 pm

    You deserved the award Caitlin! The office staff along with all of the participants cannot thank you enough! You are a stong woman and have an amazing heart. All of us can learn something from you and only wish the very best for for!

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