Dear Readers,

It is with Great pleasure that I announce a successful excursion to Moshi for the Running Club’s first race this year.

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Running Club is something I started in August of last year – but it wasn’t very successful or well known. But with the start of the new year in January – and putting down some ground rules (Every Wednesday, 4pm, Late = Warning) – it became a serious club for 8 boys.

Knowing that I was leaving in April,I wanted to find some staff members who could take over after I left. Emmanuel Kaaya, Civics Teacher, showed interest and became co-coach!

Emmanuel on the left, with Ali the PE teacher on the right

Emmanuel on the left, with Ali the PE teacher on the right (Co-Chaperons)

To reward the Running Club and their hard work – it was only fitting to take them for their first race this year. For 6 of them, it was their first time in Moshi! (Only an hour drive outside of Arusha.)

We started with a real treat at a nearby hoteli (restaurant) where the boys ordered nyama na uali (meat and rice.)

Ancelim, our bus driver, on the left with the cap

Ancelim, our bus driver, on the left with the cap

Following – we gave the students some free time to walk around – while we also explored the surrounding area:

This is a round-about, a common place where people take photographs for their weddings. Us pretending ...

This is a round-about, a common place where people take photographs for their weddings. Us pretending.

I found out 1 hr 30 minutes later that they just went back to the hotel to watch TV! Haha!

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After their rest, we took a walking tour of our 5K race course which went throughout town. Some signs helped us figure out our way, and we were feeling the anticipation, that’s for sure!

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Of course, as Coach Sanders always says, eat pasta before race day! So indeed we did:

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We went to bed nice and early to wake up nice and early for our 5K.

Kili was gorgeous that morning – clear and not a cloud in the sky the whole race.

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The race went well – though some students got lost and went running on part of the half-marathon course. They also mentioned that other people were cutting corners and not  taking the 5K race seriously. But all finished strong and well – and we anticipate taking the students to run the Safari Half Marathon in September!

Upon reflection, I definitely should have signed up some of our students to run the half marathon. The website says you need to show a birth certificate when you register, and the students need to be 18 and older. However, even the registration process is not strict or serious – so I could have signed them up!

Despite those details,  it was still a great experience! Many were grateful just to be able to run their first race and visit Moshi for the first time =)

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Definitely a highlight, the experience and ability to take them overnight away and participate was really fantastic =)

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About hanakojustice

I want to experience the world, in all aspects from food to travel to friends and awkward experiences, through writing and comedy and art - appreciating nature, and trying to be healthy; inspiring individuals, and motivating - and most importantly: Living in the Present.

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