Logan McGill, a competitive high school swimmer and runner, was diagnosed with scoliosis in 2009. The treatment included wearing an orthopaedic brace on her torso for 20 hours a day, and the young athlete feared it would limit her training. Instead she found the brace provided benefits other than treating her scoliosis.
“Honestly I thought it would have a huge impact on my swimming and running, but it kind of made me stronger,” says McGill. “I had something to work for, something to overcome. It was uncomfortable, but it never really affected my normal daily activities.”
McGill, who stopped wearing the brace in March after about a year and a half of treatment, decided to use her athletic interests to help the hospital that helped her. She created Race for the Curve as a way to give back to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC). The program encourages others to form relay teams through the MetroPCS Dallas White Rock Marathon (DWRM) and raise funds for the hospital, the race beneficiary.
“The first time I walked into TSRHC I was so relieved and happy. It’s such a friendly environment. When I heard that it doesn’t accept any payments, I really wanted to give back. I decided to do it through running because it’s something I’ve always enjoyed,” says McGill.
McGill says she ran her first 5K with her mother, also a runner, when she was in third or fourth grade. Now 16 years old and a sophomore at Greenhill School, she runs for her school’s cross country team and swims with the Dallas Mustangs. During cross country season, she finds herself doing dual workouts, running and swimming, most days of the week.
Last year at the DWRM, McGill ran on the high school relay team, which consisted of top local cross country runners each running one or two mile legs. She also competed with a five-person relay team and hopes to run both events again this year. She is eager to continue working with the DWRM to continue her fundraising efforts for TSRHC.
“The White Rock Marathon is such a great Dallas experience. There are so many people cheering you on and bands along the course. It’s a really friendly, encouraging environment and supports such a great cause.”
1. Biggest accomplishment in the sport (so far!)
Founding Race for the Curve and being named All-Conference in cross country last year
2. “Dream” race?
Running the full marathon someday at White Rock
3. Favorite local event?
Greenhill Six-Mile Relay, a local high school cross country event
4. Running shoes?
5. Morning, noon, or night workouts?
It’s been hard in Texas to run in the middle of the day because of the heat! So mostly morning, although it’s fun to right at night, too.
6. Favorite local place to run?
Depends on my mood, probably the Katy Trail or Norbuck Park
7. Run with music? What’s on your playlist?
I like hearing myself breathe. It helps me keep a rhythm.
8. Favorite sports drink?
9. Running mantra?
I get really nervous, so I tell myself I’m ready, just do my best, and it’s not really that big of a deal if I don’t do as well as I think I should.
10. Your best training advice for others?
Running is such a great sport. It’s easy, and you don’t have to buy a lot of equipment, so everyone can do it. Just get out and go for even a quick thirty minute jog!
For more information on Race for the Curve, visit www.raceforthecurve.com. To learn more about TSRHC, the beneficiary of the DWRM, visit www.tsrhc.org. Get all the details about the DWRM at www.runtherock.com.
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