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Why I Run

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By Alison Powell

Northwest High School, Ohio

I'm a high school Junior and I started running 5 years ago. When I

first started running, I thought I was crazy and so did my friends,but

for some reason I was drawn to it. So I stuck with it and that's how

things are. I run both Cross Country and Track, both are demanding

sports. I still ask myself why I do it and deep down I know the

answer. I love running. I love blisters, cramps, pain, heat, spikes,

long bus rides, flooded courses, and everything about being a runner.

The pride lasts longer than the pain and I have EVERYTHING to gain.