It was a big weekend for running in New Orleans with the ING KiDS ROCK RUN and the Rock n Roll on Sunday.


The Youth Run New Orleans kids were out in full force with some participating in the KiDS ROCK and a full group of high schoolers running the half marathon on Sunday. Matt Brennan covered the weekend for us and asked a few of the Youth Run NOLA kids a few questions in a group. Here are their answers belows.

 

Youth Run NOLA Student Interviews

Deandre - Arthur Ashe Charter School - 13

-How was the race for you today?
The race was hard, but I made it.

-What was the biggest challenge for you?
Finishing it! I never really doubted myself, though.

-Were you nervous at the starting line?
Yes. 

-Any advice for other kids who are thinking about running?
If you were thinking about doing it, train hard, because when it comes to that day, you will be exhausted after.

-Will we see you back here next year?
Yes.

-What's the best thing about YRNOLA?
It taught me that running is not some simple thing. Running is mind strength.

 

Rashad - Bunche Academy - 14

-How was the race for you today?
It was good.

-What was the biggest challenge for you?
It was hard to keep pushing myself, but I did.

-How nervous were you at the starting line?
Not very, because when I go to school, people like my principal and my coach talk to me and encourage me. 

-Any advice for other kids who are thinking about running?
Keep your own pace, don't go out too fast, and make sure you stay hydrated.

-Will we see you back here next year?
Hopefully, if my school doesn't move.

-What's the best thing about YRNOLA?
You get to meet new people from different schools and grades, and you find out you have a lot in common with them.

Mariah - Arthur Ashe Charter School - 13

-How was the race for you today?
Good. It was wonderful, actually.

-What was the biggest challenge for you?
Trying to not stop, because the pain started in my leg, close to the finish line around mile 12.

-Were you nervous at the starting line?
No way!

-Any advice for other kids who are thinking about running?
I would tell them to go to bed early and eat a healthy breakfast.

-Will we see you back here next year?
Hopefully.

-What's the best thing about YRNOLA?
The best thing is that you can be with your friends and keep each other going with cheers and handshakes and high fives.

Henry - Chalmette High School - 15

-How was the race for you today?
It was great today.

-What was the biggest challenge for you?
Trying to keep the right pace - I'm a fast starter.

-Were you nervous at the starting line?
Yeah, a little bit, because this is my first time running a half marathon

-Any advice for other kids who are thinking about running?
Keep going no matter what - you'll get there.

-Will we see you back here next year?
Yeah!

-What's the best thing about YRNOLA?
We get to run together and meet new people.