Demasi Middle School Cross Country Team - circa 1994
|I'm in the 2nd row, 3rd one in from the right.|
The cool part is I'm still with friends with many of the people in this picture. Almost all of us continued running cross country and track together through highschool, and a few even continued on to college on running scholarships.
Cross Country and track are both individual and team sports at the same time. All the afterschool practices, weekend long runs, traveling to meets, and team dinners build camaraderie. It also leaves you little time to get in trouble. I strongly believe getting your child involved in sports at a young age sets them on straight path. It fostered a good work ethic which also spilled over into our academics.
I think we ran 3k's in middle school at cross-country meets? I fondly remember a bunch of us traveling to Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia on Saturdays throughout the fall to participate in a youth series of 5k's there. I know those were longer than our regular races.
Later that same school year I also did the Broad Street Run with my friend Jamie (1st row, 3rd from the left). Her older brother was running the race, so we thought we'd try it too. We finished in just under an hour and a half. You better believe we felt pretty bad-ass telling everyone how we survived running a whole 10 miles that week at school.
Drinking and drugs were never on our radar. We were friends on and off the track and that just didn't fit our style. We had bigger adventures to tackle :)