Planning for over 800 runners from all over San Antonio involves many hours and attention to detail. We are grateful that Board Vice-Chair and 5K team leader, Sally Seeker has the skills and the heart for the service that it takes!
rowing up in a family that valued community service, Sally always found herself volunteering for something. Whether directing a women’s 5K, serving her country in the armed forces, or guiding others through difficult times as an attorney, she has continued to live out those values. Read on to learn more about Sally and all the ways she serves that inspires us here at GOTRBC:
This year’s theme is “Born to Run,” which is an opportunity to encourage girls to reflect on what they were born to do, whatever that may be. Tell me about how you discovered that you were “born” to work in your field?
I pretty much always wanted to be an attorney or a print journalist. As an attorney, I get to write, speak, and convince people I’m right! But most importantly, I get to help people in some of the biggest decisions or hardest times of their lives.
Tell me about how you got involved with Girls on the Run and what keeps you coming back each year?
I was approached by a former GOTR board member at a local 5K - where I was promoting a women’s 5k that I directed. She explained the GOTR mission and program, and I was hooked. I started off as a running buddy and a SoleMate fundraiser while I ran the Chicago marathon. A couple of years later, I was asked to join the board, which has been a very rewarding experience. It has been wonderful to work with such a supportive and dynamic group of people. We have grown so fast in the last 2-3 years and we want to continue to have the infrastructure to teach as many girls as possible to be joyful, healthy, and confident.
You were a race director for five years before starting with Girls on the Run of Bexar County. What are some successes and challenges you have had in race directing?
The program and mission of GOTR sell themselves. People want to volunteer and be a part of it. One challenge is that it is difficult to get the word out that the race is open to everyone, not just the girls in the program.This year was our biggest race and we had a lot more participants from the San Antonio running community.
Tell me how you got introduced to running.
In my teens, my sister and I hit the YMCA most nights and ran laps around the indoor track and continued to run for fun and exercise through college. I lost my love of running in the Army - after which I swore that nobody would ever make me run again. In 2005, I saw a flyer for a local 5K race and remembered how I loved running. I dug out my old shoes and started running again that evening and haven’t stopped.
How did you go from 5K to marathon? What are some of the steps to meeting that goal? My sister got me into running a marathon together. We ended up running Dallas--that was my first one. My best advice is to trust in your training because it can be intimidating at the start line!
How do you think physical health contributes the most to good overall well-being?
I always took physical health for granted, until I was diagnosed with autoimmune disorders. Then, I realized that my overall well-being and mental health depended on maintaining my physical health.
If the GOTR girls could learn one thing throughout the season, what would you want that thing to be?
That so many things involve setting a goal, showing up at the start, and putting one foot in front of the other to accomplish that goal.
What are your “words to live by”?
“Always strive for excellence”
~Mr. John Goldmann, my high school social studies teacher, who reminds me this every year in his Christmas card