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Seventh-grader runs 50 5K’s in 50 days for charity

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Seventh-grader runs 50 5K’s in 50 days for charity

Kenzie Hirt runs 50 5k's for charity.

Kenzie Hirt runs 50 5k's for charity.

Photo courtesy of Kenzie Hirt's GoFundMe page

Kenzie Hirt runs 50 5k's for charity.

Photo courtesy of Kenzie Hirt's GoFundMe page

Photo courtesy of Kenzie Hirt's GoFundMe page

Kenzie Hirt runs 50 5k's for charity.

By Natalie Zgurich, Baldwin High School

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There are professional athletes who hate the idea of running. Seventh-grader Kenzie Hirt puts them to shame.

Hirt, who attends Harrison Middle School, just completed a streak in which she did a 5K run — roughly three miles — every day for 50 days straight. And she did it all for charity.

Hirt ran for Camp Kesem, a nationwide camp program for children whose parents have cancer. Hirt picked this charity after her father told her about it, and she also knew students in her school who have been involved with it.

“I want to make a difference in these kids’ and my peers’ lives as much as I can,” Hirt said.

Hirt set up a Go Fund Me page to help with the fundraising. She had a goal of raising a thousand dollars, but quickly passed it. She has raised $1,675 as of Monday.

Hirt started her 5K streak on Oct. 10. She has now completed that 50-day challenge, but plans to continue to run a mile every day.

“I feel good that I completed it, and I feel like I improved because of it,” Hirt said

Hirt comes from from a family of runners, as both of her parents, Kellie and Ryan Hirt, have been avid runners.

“We are so proud of her for doing this especially for charity,” Ryan Hirt said.

She runs with her dad around Baldwin and on the South Side. When they were unable to get out and run, Hirt kept her streak alive by running on her treadmill.

“My legs get tired sometimes, especially on the treadmill,” Hirt said.

Hirt already has a busy schedule, as she plays softball, soccer, and the violin. Her mom thought she was crazy to add this to her busy life, but said that “when Kenzie sets her mind to something, she will complete it.”

“Her determination inspires me, and her work ethic to never give up is just amazing,” Kellie Hirt said of her daughter.

This story was originally published on Purbalite on December 17, 2018.

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