Inspired to Give Back and Run for Those Who Can’t
May 24, 2017 by Joanne Greene
Caryn Krahe ran track throughout high school, but she was a middle distance runner, so she always dreaded it when her coach put her in long distance events. Now this 28-year-old from Erie, Pennsylvania recalls those memories fondly as she prepares to return to Akron this year to run her very first full marathon.
Although Caryn had experience running half marathons, last year was her first time running the half in the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay presented by FirstEnergy. She initially signed up because she attended college at The University of Akron and thought it would be fun to make a trip back to see what it was like after being away for a few years. What Caryn didn’t expect was to encounter something so inspiring that it would bring her back to Akron this year to run her first full marathon and become a Children’s Champion.
“Seeing the kids on the course from the hospital last year and meeting the Pryor twins immediately inspired me to run the full marathon this year,” said Caryn. “I don’t know how to explain it. It was just really motivational to see all of those kids when I was running, and the atmosphere was incredibly awesome.”
After signing up for this year’s marathon, the decision to be a Children’s Champion came easy for this middle school art teacher and basketball coach in Erie’s North East School District.
“I think it’s very important to show my students and the girls I coach the importance of giving back rather than just doing things for yourself all the time,” said Caryn. “This is my first big, big race, so it is extremely important for me to do it not only for myself, but for someone else, too. That’s why I’m doing it – for all the kids who can’t run it, and for those who can’t run at all.”
Caryn’s goals are to raise at least $1,000 as a Children’s Champion and finish the Akron Marathon in less than 4 hours; and her motivation is already inspiring her colleagues, friends and family to help her surpass those goals. Even her dad’s employer, CMI Energy, has jumped on board as one of her sponsors. CMI hopes to get her halfway to her fundraising goal by incentivizing dress down days for employees every Friday in June and offering other opportunities to contribute. If that goal is met, Caryn is confident she will surpass her fundraising goal, and maybe even double it.
“Being a Children’s Champion adds an extra layer of meaning to running the Akron Marathon. I’m proud to be able to give back to the community and support the kids and families at Akron Children’s in this way.”
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