Jim Werner

Jim Werner
Run 5K Race Committee Member

Jim became involved with GOTR when he ran the 5k with his niece in 2011.  After participating in many different races Jim felt it was time to give back – and GOTR was the place to do it!

Now Jim serves as a member of our race committee lending his expertise to our planning.  On race day Jim serves as a course marshal, helping to keep our runners safe and on track!

What was your first experience with Girls on the Run? 

My niece participated in the program in 2011 and since I had just started running in 2010, she asked if I was going to run the spring Girls on the Run 5k. So, my wife, daughter, and I signed up for the run.

Why did you decide to get involved in the Girls on the Run 5k Race Committee?

With all of the runs that I was participating in, I felt that it was time I contributed to the sport of running and that Girls on the Run St. Louis would be the best place to do that.

Why would you recommend others get involved as a volunteer for Girls on the Run OR why would you recommend a girl participate in Girls on the Run?

Girls on the Run is a great program that I think does a great job of inspiring young girls to be healthy and active. Programs like this need volunteers to help further those ideals.

Any favorite memories or stories from Girls on the Run that you’d like to share?

When I participated in the first Girls on the Run 5k in May of 2011, I had only run in 21 races since I started running races in September of 2010. All of those races were mostly adults and I didn’t have much experience running with young children such as those participating in Girls on the Run. That first Girls on the Run 5k was nothing but young children darting in and out, the majority running non-stop to the finish. It was inspiring to see that many children getting out to run and not sitting at home.

Anything about yourself you’d like to share? Running accomplishments? Family? Place of employment? Hopes and dreams? Favorite ice cream flavor?

I’d like to share how I started running and what it has done for me.

In May of 2010 my daughter, then 26 years old, said she would like to run the Disney World Half Marathon in January 2011. At that time, I was quite overweight and told her that I would do it, but probably walk it.

I started walking regularly but after awhile it got to be boring. I added a little running to my walking at that time. Then, in July I decided to start a weight loss program. Running combined with watching what I ate led to me losing over 75 pounds.

When I registered for the Disney World Half Marathon I requested an XXL shirt. By the time I picked up my packet for the race in January, the XXL was replaced by a medium.

Last year I participated in 54 races and by the end of this year I will have completed 60 races – one full marathon, ten half marathons, thirty-five 5k’s and an assortment of other distances.