Morolake Akinosun is an Olympic track runner living in Texas.  Morolake won a gold medal in the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as part of the USA women’s 400-meter relay team.  She and her teammates also won gold in the 4 x 100-meter race at the 2015 Pan-American games set in Toronto, and she’s a four-time NCAA 4 x 100 winner.  Mo is passionate about running, and is currently training for the 2020 summer Olympics.

On October 2 and 3 we were honored to have Mo onboard as our GO Run For Fun program’s special ambassador.  Mo was great with the kids.  She spoke at two elementary schools before their runs, and answered kids’ questions afterwards.  She encouraged the kids by running with them during their GO Run For Fun events.  At one point Mo was seen walking with a little girl who was crying because the little girl didn’t think she could run the whole mile.  Mo told her it was okay to walk if she needed to, and walked and talked with the little girl all the way to the finish line!

During her speech Mo gave kids this advice: “Sports are like other school subjects. If you want to be good at them you have to practice, and you should practice regularly because sports and exercise are good for you.”

Mo also told the kids that it’s never too late to start. She explained that she didn’t start running until she was 12 years old, and now she’s an Olympic runner.  “So just get started and practice.  It will get easier the more you do it, and you might develop a passion for running like me.”