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Molly Strain

Molly's Story :

A dream of mine is to someday run for Canada. I’d like to walk into a professional stadium wearing the Maple Leaf on my shoulder knowing that I have achieved one of my goals. I want to be on the start line and look to my right and left and see competitors from different countries and to hear the crowd cheering as they announce my name. That is my dream.

To some, running on a long dirt road, pushing your body past the pain, enduring the wicked cold or sweltering hot temperatures would be torture, but to me, it’s exhilarating! Over the past few years I have been fortunate enough to try many exciting things, however, the one thing that truly stood out for me was my love of running.

I began running when I was 10 years old and I quickly took to the sport. Soon after, I started training with a coach and began racing competitively. The thrill of testing your endurance and skills against other racers is amazing. Crossing the finish line in first place is always an amazing accomplishment, but I always learn from the results of other finishes as well. Perseverance is continuing to push through the race that didn’t go your way. Sometimes I need to find the courage to challenge myself and set aside self doubt. Running can be a lonely sport sometimes, and I often miss out on social activities, but I have the support of my family, coaches and friends that keep me looking forward.

In Grade 9, I fell in love with the Steeplechase. A combination of hurdles, water jumps and running, what could be better? I seem to have found my stride with this event, and I hope to continue to improve and run this event well into University. Currently, I’m ranked 6th in Canada for the Steeplechase, so I’m determined to train as hard as I can to reach my ultimate goal….running for Canada.