Wanting to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Sarah Smith ’12 participated in “Run with the Heroes,” a 5K run in Austin, Texas that brings communities and their first responders – local military, firefighters, EMS and police officers – to honor fallen heroes and show support for their families. All proceeds of the race benefitted Texas Special Olympics athletes.
This year’s “Run with the Heroes” paid homage to the memory of all law enforcement who died on 9/11, as well as local and statewide first responders, who risk their lives to keep their communities safe.
“As a sister with two brothers in the Army, one currently in Afghanistan and a girlfriend preparing to see her boyfriend off to Afghanistan, I recognize and appreciate what an important role support plays to our servicemen and women and their families,” explains Smith. “It was a rewarding experience to come together with the local servicemen and women of Austin, Texas to remember the past and support the future.”
Her decision to run in a marathon was sparked by a new year’s resolution “to do something each year that I previously told myself I would not be able to do,” says Smith. This year, her goal was to run a half marathon; she completed the Skunk Cabbage Half Marathon in April. Since making the resolution, running has becoming an important part of her life and she plans to continue doing races. Her next race is the Jon Bladwin Memorial 5K on Sept. 18, which supports the Humane Society of Yates County, where Smith volunteers by helping to clean animal cages and socialize the dogs and cats.
Smith, an English major with a minor in classical studies, is in the Teacher Certification Program. She is the co-founder and president of the HWS Figure Skating Club. She is also on Judicial Board and serves as a student coordinator with Geneva Baby College.