When Randi and I moved to Vermont in 2000, apart from our friends, one of the things I missed most about our life in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania was First Strides. I couldn’t convince our friends to move to Vermont–go figure!–but I could bring First Strides to the Champlain Valley.
We started with just 26 participants and three dedicated, awesome Mentors in 2004. In 2009 we soared past 100 registered participants. We broke 150 in 2012. I’ve heard many, many wonderful stories of how First Strides has helped women be healthier, reach fitness goals they never thought possible, and find the inspiration and courage to survive and emerge on the other side of the challenges and turmoil life sometimes sends our way.
I’ve also been truly privileged to share in the amazing energy, enthusiasm and countless hours of dedication from dozens of volunteer Mentors over the ten years I’ve led First Strides.
So thanks to all of the participants, Mentors, speakers and sponsors for all of the fun and inspiration you’ve shared with me since 2004. I’m proud of the program we’ve built here, and now it’s time to hand the clipboard over to someone who has the time and energy to make it even better.
That’s why I’m thrilled to announce that Kasie Enman will be leading First Strides starting this year.
- Kasie Enman
The first time I became aware of Kasie was many years ago on her wedding day when she won the Women’s Round Church Run–wearing her veil. Since then she has become a mother of two, run an Olympic Marathon Trial, been a National and World Mountain Running Champion, won the Keybank Vermont City Marathon and coached Track and Field at CVU–among other accomplishments! Kasie is currently the GMAA running coach and only recently “retired” after eight years as race director of the Women’s Round Church Run. Whew! I’m exhausted just typing all that, and I’m really glad Kasie has found time for First Strides in her busy schedule.
Welcome, Kasie, and thanks to everyone for a wonderful ten years of First Strides!
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