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When Kelli Cruikshank started the learn to run program for women, she was looking for an appropriate name to encompass the overall atmosphere of the group, and ultimately came up with SWIFT Runners (Strong Women In Fitness Together). After two successful sessions of the program, little did she know that the name she picked may not be completely appropriate due to a pleasant surprise, which came in the second group’s final 5km. 


A six year old daughter of one of the women running, wanted to run alongside her mother.  There was no debate on whether she was allowed to go, it was the question, what if she couldn’t complete it, and she had to stop. A contingency plan was made, but she was determined to run with her mother, and so she did. Lilly Fraser ran her first 5km with her mom on Saturday August 2nd, with a mind blowing time of 41 minutes. When asked what her secret was to running so well at six years old, Lilly answered, “I do yoga at school every Friday, a run program at AG Baillie, and I run when Mommy runs.” What a great way to learn to run, by watching her mother do it.


Congratulations to all the successful runners that have completed the program, and have earned their official SWIFT 5km Run mug. Each one is very well deserved.  Well done women…and girl.


Submitted by Kelli Cruikshank, a columnist with The News.

Organizations: Strong Women

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