Introducing the 2017 Girls Run 2 Team
Nasra is from Djibouti City and a former runner for Girls Run 2. She is now working as a translator and coach for Girls Run 2. She has been essential in recruiting the 2017 Girls Run 2 team. She also has defied cultural standards by competing in sports as a girl and even working out in a local gym. You can read the full story about her in the Sahan Journal.
Lydia Carrick heard about Girls Run 2 through the Saucony documentary “Finding Strong” in 2014. At the time, she was sponsored by Saucony’s sub-elite development program the Saucony Hurricanes in pursuit of bettering her marathon time (2:47:06) to make it to the US marathon women’s Olympic trials. The program sparked her interest in running and also Africa as she had grown up in Nigeria, West Africa. She and her husband, Kyle, moved to Djibouti in October 2016 from Washington state. Lydia is a licensed professional counselor in both Washington and Pennsylvania in the US. She has experience coaching high school cross country, middle school track, and volunteering with the YMCA program Girls on the Run in Washington.
Lydia talks to some of the girls before the race begins.
Some of the girls pose with Nasra while cheering on their teammates at a race.
Lydia, giving a before race talk to the girls.
Filsan is 12 years old and from Djibouti City. She has two older sisters, one who is married. She is neighbors with Nasra and use to play soccer with the boys. Nasra decided to recruit her for the girl’s running team. She attends school every day and dreams of being a school principal when she is older. She currently competes in the 100m and hopes to be a famous runner one day.
Hinda (pictured left) has been running with GR2 for five months. She was recruited by Nasra when they met in a local market. She is 13 years old and has four sisters and one brother who all live with her mother. Her father passed away, so her mom sells crepes to provide for her family. Hinda attends English classes five times a week and hopes to be a policewoman when she is older. Currently she has run the 1500m, but is training to run more distances.