Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mini Mermaid Running Club

We just wrapped up another successful season of Mini Mermaid Running Club.  MMRC is a 6 week program for girls in the 2nd-5th grades. At the end of the six weeks the girls run a 5k in beautiful San Francisco. Not only is this program about running but it's about friendship, boosting your self esteem and learning how to make those difficult decisions as a young girl when you just want to fit in with everyone else.

This year I had five girls plus my 4 year old who we call mini-mini mermaid since she does her best to run as much as the older girls. The six weeks sure went by quickly this year and before I knew it was race day. We were so fortunate that the weather in San Francisco was perfect for a Fall run.

Our team ready to do warm ups.

Mini-mini running her heart out.

Syd's goal this year was to beat her time from last year. During the first part of the run she said she wanted to try to run the entire distance and only walk through aid stations. She ran 1.25 miles without walking before we hit the first aid station. After that she decided we need more walk breaks. The best part for her was the turn around point where you get to start running by the water, she loved it. It was a perfect clear day to see the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.

As Sydney struggled towards the end I looked at my watch and told her if she kept her pace she would earn a PR. I told her we had about two laps left (about 1/2 a mile to go). She ran hard to the finish line to earn a 2:48 PR! Our mini-mini was such a trooper and ran the first 1/2 mile of the course and last 1/2 mile of the course with a huge smile on her face the entire time.

So proud of all the 200+ mini mermaids that ran this past weekend. It's a huge accomplishment for every single one of them. If you would like more information about the Mini Mermaid Running Club, check it out here to see about bringing it to your school.

Many thanks to for sending our girls all of the essentials for training and race day!


  1. Such a great thing that you are doing for all of these girls!

  2. So glad everyone ended the program with such an awesome day!