‘Seeing It Through’
W.J. Turner Elementary Campus Teacher of the Year Angelica Hernandez will run her first full marathon this weekend at The Cowtown.
“I am just really excited about that and hoping to come back Monday with a shiny medal to show my kids,” the first-grade teacher said. “I think it’s a positive message to my kids, my students that I had this goal and I accomplished it. It’s kind of what it’s all about – sticking with your goals and seeing it through to the end.”
Ms. Hernandez is among students and staff from 60 Fort Worth ISD schools expected to participate in 2019 Cowtown festivities, February 23-24. Prior to Sunday’s marathon, she intends to race alongside her students in the Kids 5K, Saturday, February 23.
Her running journey started nearly eight years ago as a way to get in shape, she said. Her two older siblings, who are avid runners, were her motivators. She began walking a mile here and there and eventually started to run. In 2017, she completed her first half-marathon, and then another the following year.
By then, the 2003 Paschal High School alumna had the itch to complete a full marathon.
Ms. Hernandez began training for The Cowtown in September. She is part of the Fort Worth Running Club and leads the student running club at W.J. Turner.
Running to her, she said, is therapy. Plugging in music or a podcast and hitting the trails, Ms. Hernandez said is her opportunity to clear her mind. This weekend she’s dedicating her marathon run to her son Diego, mother, Antonia and boyfriend, Joksan.
“I can’t wait until my next endeavor,” Ms. Hernandez said. “It’s a little surreal to think that I’m about to do 26 miles, but I’m mentally ready for it.”
Participating in The Cowtown Marathon festivities this weekend?
Snap a photo at the race and post it on social media using the Cowtown and FWISD hashtags, #RunCowtown and #FWISD. Some photos of FWISD employees and students will be selected to appear in the District’s internal newsletter, Inside FWISD and on the District’s social media platforms.