Fit Girls Founder and Director: Sarah Nixon
"You must do something to make the world more beautiful."
- Barbara Cooney, Miss Rumphius
I am equally passionate about reading, and I have worked as a children's bookseller for over 14 years at a variety of independent bookshops in Massachusetts, including Wellesley Books, Eight Cousins in Falmouth, Westwinds Bookshop in Duxbury and most recently the Elephant's Trunk Bookshop in Lexington. There are multiple studies that report individuals who read fiction appear to be better able to understand other people, empathize with them and view the world from their perspective. In other words, reading makes us both smarter and nicer! So let's keep introducing girls to great literature!
Although I no longer coach a Fit Girls team in Medfield, it has been a joy sharing my passion for running and reading while connecting with women around the country who are enthusiastic and excited to bring Fit Girls to their community. The success of the program completely depends upon the energy and the enthusiasm of the coach who is working directly with the girls, and I am SO proud of the work they are doing! Please feel free to email me if you have any questions about the program and how YOU can get started!
Running Accomplishments Include:
Overall Female Winner of the 2001 and 2002 B.A.A. Half-Marathon
Top American Female Finisher, Paris Marathon 2001
Overall Female Winner of the 2002 Cape Cod Marathon
2nd Female Master, Palm Beach Marathon 2005
12th Female Master, Boston Marathon 2006
Marathon PR - 2:53
B.A. English Literature and Religion, Trinity College
Masters in Education, Smith College
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Sarah Nixon with her daughter, Kallie, who was one of the first Fit Girls. Kallie ran both cross country and track at Bates College and earned All-American Honors three times during her college career.
Running is my passion! I have competed in road races ranging from the 5k to the marathon for over twenty years. In 1996 I ran my first Boston Marathon with the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team which raises funds for cancer research. Combining the personal goal and challenge of running a marathon with fundraising and community outreach has been one of the more powerful and rewarding experiences of my life. When my oldest daugher, Kallie, was in 4th grade I wanted to create a running program for her and her friends that was modeled after the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge. This gave rise to the very first Fit Girls program at the Dale Street School in Medfield where 25 girls trained to run/walk a local 5k road race while raising funds and awareness for the local animal shelter. (Recommended Reading: Because of Winn Dixie by Kate Dicamillo)