I was super stoked when Brian from Nuun let me know my bio had been updated on the site (Yes I know there is one typo….).
I am beyond thankful to Nuun for looking outside the box and making #TeamNuun full of all levels of athletes, fast, mid pack and people like myself who bring in the back of the pack. To give recognition to all these levels is something so many can learn from. Nuun beyond a doubt sees everyone as a whole and an equal. We all are part of the Nuun family. Thank you for believing in me. Seeing potential over anything else.
Now on to the why… Why doesn’t companies as well as other running organizations (Runs who have ambassadors, digital champions etc) welcome people of all running levels, shapes and sizes? Why is it just usually the same people over and over?
Myself, I like interacting with everyone, those who struggle but have the heart and those who just think speed is the answer. At the end of any run, we’ve all crossed the same finish line.
I am a cheerleader. Standing in my corral waiting, I talk to the people standing with me. Encouraging others is part of the running family. You have to be part of the community.
I’ve applied to be ambassadors/champions and never have been selected other then by Nuun. Is it because these other organizations just don’t want a back of the pack leader representing them? I don’t have the face of a runner? Cause I’m pretty sure I got a good smile and a heart of gold. I don’t run fast enough? But yet I don’t give up.
My dream would be to see all levels getting picked to become a face of a run. People relate to those they feel they are like. In my dreams I might run a 5k under 30mins. But I can relate to someone closer to my speed and who have experienced my struggles with a tad bit of extra weight but never given up.
So for who ever reads this just know what ever your speed, your placing in a run, you did it with heart and no one can take that accomplishment away. You crossed the finish line.
For any running organizations…. Look outside the box. Don’t pick just the cool kids in the sandbox, because we all get tired over and over of the same cool kids.
More organizations need to be like Nuun. Treat and see everyone equal. Don’t be afraid to shake it up a bit.
If I’ve offended anyone. Just deal. Woggle a mile in my shoes. You’ll understand my motivation, drive and true encouragement. My hearts huge in supporting others.