Cyndi has been Bluffview Elementary’s social worker for the past 13 years and enjoys working with students, teachers and families at the school. She has been married for 18 years to her wonderful and supportive husband, Rich Witt, who is a marathon runner. Cyndi began running about eight years ago and has completed more than 10 half marathons. San Francisco was her most recent half (July 2010), which she proudly finished wearing her Girls on the Run shirt. Cyndi and her husband are planning their next race in Phoenix, Arizona in January 2011.
Cyndy says “I have greatly enjoyed coaching the Bluffview Girls on the Run team and I am looking forward to continuing the program. It has brought great joy to me personally and professionally.”
Read what else Cyndi had to say about Girls on the Run.
When did you first get involved with Girls on the Run? Why?
I first became involved in GOTR in Spring 2009 after my superintendent brought information to me from an administrators meeting where Amy Sheridan spoke about GOTR. He knew I ran and thought I would be interested in starting the program here at Bluffview Elementary. Once I spoke with Amy and attended the first workshop, I knew the program would be wonderful for our girls because it incorporated exercise, team building and important life lessons that would benefit all young girls.
What is the most rewarding thing about Girls on the Run that both you’ve experienced and that you’ve seen for the girls you’ve coached?
It has been very rewarding for me to work with various girls in my building that I would not normally get to know in my position. I have greatly enjoyed the girls’ effort as a team and in regards to their in
dividual progress. I have seen a tremendous increase in several of our girls’ self-esteem, especially the girls who have been able to participate more than one time.
Why would you recommend a girl participate in Girls on the Run?
I believe the girls who participate in GOTR benefit physically, socially and emotionally from the program. They gain a sense of accomplishment, which boosts their self-esteem.
What are your hopes for the future of Girls on the Run at your school?
I hope GOTR continues to be available to the girls at Bluffview and that our girls will be interested in participating in the Girls on the Track program at the junior high level.
What’s your favorite Girls on the Run cheer?
My favorite cheer is the “Round of Applause” because it is easy to learn, remember, and to use quickly.
Any favorite memories or stories you’d like to share?
One of my favorite memories was at our first 5k race in Forest Park, when I heard one of my girls say, “Mrs. Witt, I thought I was going to die, but I made it.” as she was sweating and smiling at the same time. I also love to see the girls as they finish their first race, they are so proud of themselves. They are so excited, and they immediately ask when the next race will occur. They are exhausted and yet pumped up.