Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

FALL 2017

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12 Autumn 2017 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine Y ou can almost hear the ivories playing the classic theme song from "Chariots of Fire," with its breathtaking views of a cadet of runners kicking up sand and surf along the beach. The determination. The enthusiasm. The sweat. Those last few strides to the finish. It's all here. Yet these runners-in-the-making, who weren't even born when that film inspired its own set of up-and-comers, are charting out a new course for their own generation, whether it be a 5k or beyond. Witness this: It's late afternoon at Wake Forest's expansive E. Carroll Joyner Park, and on this day nearly two-dozen runners-in-training are outfitted, in at least some cases, in Adidas shirts and Nike footwear. "They're so competitive," said Ashley Hohenberger, who as head of youth development at the Wake Forest Boys and Girls Club is the chief motivator behind the youthful running club. Take the season's inaugural half-mile race. At the finish line is 27-year-old Hohenberger, the official timer. The spotter, up on a distance field, is 21-year-old staffer Danielle Thomas. "Hey, we're at 2:35," Hohenberger, the time-keeper, shouts out to faraway Thomas in a race with staggered starts based on age. "Here they come!" Thomas replies. In seconds, Hohenberger is urging on the undisputed guy in the lead. "Come on Greyson!" she yells. "Pump those arms. Keep them tight." Then, feet lifted as if in flight, young Greyson Cira, just 6 years old, brings it all home. "3:33!" Hohenberger says of the 3-minute, 33-second half-mile finish. "3:33!" Thomas says, repeating the accomplishment. "Killed it!" Hohenberger replies. The training-day sprints, the brainchild of the Hohenberger-Thomas running club team, is now in its third year, with attendance rising from 35 to 65 in the last season. And Hohenberger is more than just, well, a coach. "I also hold my kids accountable for homework," says Hohenberger, admitting to showing up at schools to check on her charges. "Grades come first." "I love to see them progress," Thomas said of the workouts. "I love it. It's what I look forward to every week." The afternoon session began with Hohenberger at the wheel of a Boys & Girls Club bus with the words "GREAT FUTURES START HERE" emblazoned Runnin' down a dream Greyson Cira, 6, glides toward the finish as if airborne with the club's spotter, staffer Danielle Thomas, in the background. How About That! Stretching ahead of a run are Jachelle Dixon, 11, and Bradley Huff, 12.

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