1 in 2000: Sadie Huggler to run a marathon

Sadie Huggler ‘15 runs at the Wolcott Mill meet in 2013. Photos by Sieloff Studio

Sadie Huggler ‘15 runs at the Wolcott Mill meet in 2013. Photos by Sieloff Studio

Sadie Huggler ‘15 runs in a 2013 Cross Country meet. This year, she is preparing for a marathon. Photos by Sieloff Studio

Sadie Huggler ‘15 runs in a 2013 Cross Country meet. This year, she is preparing for a marathon. Photos by Sieloff Studio

Jessie Perry ’15

Sports Editor

Sadie Huggler ‘15 laces up her Nikes, turns on her iPod and hits the road, her feet taking her miles and miles away Huggler happens to have a knack for running. As a matter of fact, she is currently training for a marathon, a 26-mile long-distance running race.

Huggler has dedicated part of her life to train for this big event.

“I run four days a week and I run long runs on Saturdays. On my off days I do cross training,” said Huggler.

Most of her days are spent running solo to get herself focused for the Detroit Free Press marathon on October 19. It is located in Detroit, and the route takes runners across the bridge into Canada, then to the finish back in Detroit. Huggler puts in so much time to make sure her body is in shape, and also just for the fun of it.

“The longest I have run so far while training was 18 miles,” said Huggler.

This will be Huggler’s first marathon, so one can already predict that she will be nervous, but excited. She thinks about the challenges she will face as the race approaches.

Huggler said, “Running all by myself will definitely be a challenge because everyone will be running at a different pace.”

Huggler’s family and friends definitely support her in all that she does. Especially with her race coming up soon, it makes it easier for her to concentrate on her goal of completing all 26 miles.

Huggler’s friend Taylor Trueblood ’15 said, “I am extremely proud of Sadie to be running a marathon for the first time.”

Trueblood is one of Huggler’s biggest supporters, and it helps to have a friend who is always rooting for her success.

“I think she is ready for this race because I can see her dedication and passion for running,” said Trueblood.

Huggler has been a part of the LCN Cross Country Team, along with the LCN Track Team. This year, she decided to take a year off of cross country to train on her own for the marathon.

“I miss the team as a whole, but I’m getting my running in, so it all works out,” Huggler said.

Many of her teammates miss her being on the team, even one of the cross country and track coaches of LCN.

Jason Hubbard, cross country coach and science teacher, said, “I am sad that she is not on the team, and I am going to miss her, but she is responsible enough to do what she needs to do, and do what she loves.”

When asked if she will be returning to the track team in the spring, Huggler was undecided. She would love to be with her team again, but training on her own has its benefits.

Hubbard also said, “I hope she does whatever makes her happy because she will be a lifelong runner, so my job as a coach is done.”

Not only does Huggler have a special talent of running, she is also highly intelligent. She has taken her PSAT and got a high enough score to qualify to be a merit finalist.

“1.4 million people took it, and 16,000 made it to semi-finals. I was one of the 16,000,” said Huggler.

Huggler said that she feels amazing about being the only person at LCN to qualify; it is truly an honor for her.

Huggler has achieved so much during the past year, and hopes to continue her passions and talents when she is out of high school.