Laura O’Hara, Clinical Liaison at the Laurel Park program has a passion for running. Luckily for the youth at Laurel Park, she is sharing her passion for this sport with them. As a Therapist, Laura often teaches self-regulation skills to the youth on her therapy caseload and for the past three months she has incorporated a twice per week Running Group with several of the young men at Laurel Park.
Over the course of twelve weeks, Laura entered the group of five young men into several races and ran right alongside them. The races included the Ritchie Regional Health Care 5K, Cooper’s Rock Stump Jump 10K and the Salem Apple Butter Festival 5K.
Laura is proud of how invested these young men were and how they continued to improve their individual race times. One young man improved his 10K time from 57:37 to 50:04, ending the season with a fourth overall finish in the Test the Watters race.