RUNNING IN THE FAMILY

A PH360 Member Spotlight Story

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Great things come in all shapes and size. But, if you know Olive Cecchi's story, you know big things happen to all ages as well. Olive Cecchi, a 13-year-old eighth grader, defines the Generation Z entrepreneurial spirit. Olive’s impressive resume already reads like one of the self-made female billionaires recently featured in Fortune magazine. Olive is: 

  • A member of the National Honor Society.
  • Committed to meaningful community service.
  • Dedicated to helping empower young girls to build healthy habits and confidence.
  • Plans to be a lawyer or business entrepreneur.
  • Oh, and on occasion, she likes to run.

FACT: According to marketing strategists, the newly developing high-tech and the highly networked world has resulted in Generation Z thinking and acting more philanthropically and entrepreneurially.

On June 16, 2018, Olive became the 2ndyoungest girl to complete the Leadville Marathon, a grueling all-out marathon that begins at an elevation of over 10,000 feet and increases by over 6,000 vertical feet  through the course.  Impressive right?  I know very few adults who would be able to complete such a rigorous race, yet alone a 13-year-old!  Olive and her dad, Ed Cecchi, keep fitness running in the family. Here, we had a chance to speak with two of PH360’s most inspiring members:

 

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OLIVE CECCHI:

Tell us why you decided to run in the Leadville Marathon?

"I'm a member of the National Honor Society. A part of the commitment to NHS is that we have to find and support a meaningful service opportunity within our community. I was lucky enough to find a nonprofit that allowed me to include my passion for giving back and my love for running called, Girls on the Run International.”

 

“Earlier this year, I got involved with Girls on the Run, as a Girls on the Run SoleMate. The Girls on the Run SoleMate program provides me with the opportunity to raise money while training for the athletic event of my choice. SoleMates sets personal goals like running in a marathon or doing a 10K to raise money for Girls on the Run in my community.”

DID YOU KNOW: Girls on the Run is an international nonprofit that inspires young girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

 

How Did You Prepare for the Leadville Marathon?   

“I trained with my dad (Ed Cecchi) and with Reinier Geyser, the ultimate-athlete and founder of PH360. Reinier helped me train for the race both mentally and physically. One of the things we worked on together was my personal mantra. Mine is: Rest if you must but don't quit. It helped me to keep going even when times were tough.”

 

What Powers You?

“Doing the hard things. I go into a challenge with a positive attitude. When I was training with Reinier and my dad for the Leadville Marathon, there would be mornings when my alarm would go off at 4:30 a.m., and I was so tired and felt worn-out. Being positive through the hard stuff keeps me going when things get tough.”

 

ED CECCHI:

 

What Inspired You and Olive to Join PH360? 

“I was really out of shape. Basically, I was 35 pounds heavier than the last time I ran the Leadville Marathon. And, after the holidays, Olive really wanted to take on the Leadville challenge. So, my main motivation for joining was to get back in shape by training with O & Reinier, with the goal of running the marathon together. I ended up losing 30 pounds after the race.”

 

What Accomplishment Are You Proudest Of?

“When Olive asked me about the Leadville race that was the lesson I really wanted her to take from this 6+ months journey.  I tell my children “hard is good” and even though their life is relatively easy, it was great to put this idea to the test as a family.”

 

What Motivates and Powers You?

“As far as what other things motivate me, I really like the mental challenge aspect of a race like Leadville.  I do not really compete against other people. For me, it’s about the process and journey to get to race day. You certainly want to succeed on race day, but it's really about all of the work and sacrifices that came before it that is most important.”

 

 

Additional Article Source: girlsontherun.org remarkable/392/SolemateOliveCecchi

Images Courtesy of: Girls on The Run International -Las Vegas