Meet Anna Cade of Johnson City, Tenn. She is the cadet in charge of her schools 5K run to commemorate the JROTC's 99th anniversary and their attempt to break the Guiness World Record for most participants in an event worldwide. So far 344 locations and growing will be running the 5K on April 25th. Good Luck to everyone!
I live a double life; I am the Hannah Montana of JROTC. While I love JROTC, I also have a passion for running. In my mind, these two activities go hand in hand. In JROTC, my battalion is my team, whereas in cross-country or track, my fellow runners are my team. Both activities need a strong leader, motivated participants, and people willing to put forth hard work and dedication to better not only themselves, but the group as a whole. Although our uniforms are drastically different, both JROTC and running make a significant impact on my life.
As I approached the doors of my JROTC class room for the first time, I remember thinking, “Why didn’t I just take P.E.?” As the year progressed, I realized that JROTC is the perfect extracurricular activity for me. JROTC is not just any ordinary classroom; it is, as Colonel Johnson calls it, “a Petri dish.” In this so called Petri dish, Colonel Johnson monitors the battalion, while at the same time letting my fellow cadets and I practice our own leadership skills. Having teenagers in charge of one another has pros and cons. Throughout the years, friendships have flourished and I am now part of a family that consists of one hundred and sixty cadets. From saying the cadet creed to sweating in physical training together, we have grown to respect and understand one another. JROTC has opened my eyes to so many opportunities, such as writing for a running magazine. I am grateful and appreciative for the countless number of learning experiences that JROTC has provided me. Looking forward, I hope to serve as an officer in the United States Military. JROTC has played a huge role in this decision, and has greatly helped me move forward towards this goal. With the confidence instilled in me from this program, I feel as if I can achieve any task/goal I set for myself.
After a stressful eight hours of living the seventeen year old high school life, I am able to spend yet another two hours at school in a different way, and that is running with my friends. The distance runner is a mysterious person. Most people do not wish to put their bodies through miles and miles of sweating and leg pain, but to my teammates and I, this is what we love. Not only is running enjoyable, it is also a way for me to stay in shape and be healthy. A quote that I go by on a regular basis is, “I run to eat.” Brownies, cookies, and chicken fingers are my downfall, so what better way to burn off those extra calories than with friends! Speed workout days are what haunt our bodies, and hills can sometimes be the death of me. A team mate of mine once told me, “If you’re not in pain, then you’re not doing it right.” This quote stuck with me, and just as in JROTC, what my teammates or fellow cadets express to me can considerably influence my life.
An event literally waking up JROTC Cadets around the world, is soon approaching; The JROTC Anniversary 5K event will be a proud moment for JROTC cadets around the globe. Uniting us together from country to country as well as providing the opportunity to participate in a world record breaking attempt, will be unlike anything I have ever experienced. I am the cadet in charge of the 5k for our unit, and I am beyond excited to participate in this world record breaking attempt. It has been hard work putting together a 5K, but in the end, the thought that I will be running with JROTC cadets around the world at the same time is beyond belief. This kind of event is what shows me why JROTC is one of the finest high school activities a student can choose.