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Reflecting Back on the First 5K

By Macy Hartman

The start of my senior year was a blur as we entered into a brand-new school, fall sport seasons, and picking an NHS project. I can't seem to recall all that much other than knowing that this was something I wanted to be a part of. I think I can speak for the four of us when I say we never did dream that our senior NHS project all those years ago would grow to be something this big. I'm truly humbled to have been there at the start.

Halley, Evan, Brooke and I divided our jobs out and each took charge of various areas, but I can tell you that there's no way that we could've pulled all of Jane's wishes and dream together without the help of the community and various organization that were willing to share their time, resources, and support. It truly was a community work of heart to bring this event to life.

If I were to back up to the first time I met Jane, it was when my sister, Paige, and I were coaching Summer Rec. tennis before Jane was diagnosed. I still remember her coming to the courts with a smile on her face ready to have fun alongside her friends. Little did I know the impact that she or her legacy would have on my life.

With the planning of the walk in 2012, I wasn't able to actually participate in the walk that first time, but returned the following year to run the 5K of the Princess Warrior Walk (2013). I had some very special attire (my Miss Wadena crown and sash) and can say that was absolutely my favorite run to date!

Although I'll be back in the Midwest that weekend, a good friend from college is getting married, so I plan to be participating virtually. I will be there in spirit celebrating the 10 year anniversary!


Macy Hartman

About the Author: Macy Hartman graduated from WDC in 2013. She was one of the original four National Honor Society students who helped plan and execute the first Princess Warrior 5K ten years ago.


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