Landmark Christian School cross country runner and Lithia Springs native, Kathryn Foreman, has received enough awards over the past few months to last most athletes a lifetime. The Private School Single-A 2013 state champion added another trophy to the shelf Wednesday evening in front of her family and peers at the LCS gym.
Members from USA Today and the United States ARMY National Guard were on hand to present Foreman with one of 15 Inspiration Awards given out across the nation. The young standout was handed the trophy by Sgt. 1st Class Anthony of the National Guard. Helping her present the award was USA Today representative Matthew Wade.
This was the second year that USA Today and the National Guard have joined forces to hand out the award.
“It was really exciting,” said Foreman on the award presentation. “So many people have inspired me, so if I can inspire others it is exciting.”
Mario Avery, the mayor of the City of Fairburn, was also on hand and presented Foreman with a proclamation, chronicling her success. He also talked about the five pillars that she represents: candor, commitment, competence, and courage. Mayor Avery ended his speech by saying how proud he is on how she represents the city.
The Inspiration Award is handed out across the nation to student-athletes who show exceptional performances in athletics and academics, and also serve as an inspiration to their peers and the community.
Foreman embodies all the traits that make up the Inspiration Award.
On the race path, Foreman has been nearly unbeatable and placed first at the state meet in Carrollton with a time of 18:42.18, despite only being a sophomore.
For her performance in her second high school season, Foreman was named the Georgia Gatorade Female Runner of the Year. She is the first athlete to be honored from Landmark in the awards 29-year history. Foreman was also named Runner of the Year by the Atlanta Track Club.
While Foreman possesses plenty of natural talent, and a drive to achieve greatness through hard work and dedication, she says she could not accomplish all she has done without the help of her Landmark coach, Bill Thorn.
“He is such a legendary person and he is such an inspiration to me,” Foreman said. “He teaches me how to become a better persona and better runner.”
Along with her coach, Foreman also named Mary Cain, a 17-year old high school student who is competing professionally at the national level, while training for the olympics, also as an inspiration. Cain is the youngest athlete ever to represent the United States in the World Championships. The middle distance runner placed 10th overall.
Foreman also raced well away from school and once the 2013 high school season ended, she continued to compete and eventually advanced to the Foot Locker National Finals, where she finished 32nd in a time of 18:35. The Foot Locker Nationals hosted some of the best talent from all over the nation.
Away from the course, Foreman has kept excellent grades, boasting a 4.21 GPA. She also goes out of her way to help her teammates and other students at Landmark. Her giving nature stretches beyond the Landmark walls as well. She gives her time to the community as well.
Foreman works with City of Refuge, a non-profit organization dedicated to community development efforts that lead to the stability and sustainability of the local community. The mission of the organization is to bring light, hope and transformation to Atlanta’s last, lost and least.
The young running sensation also gives her time to an assisted living facility and volunteers with the Atlanta Track Club.
Along with all of her other commitments, Foreman also finds time for the school’s Beta Club, Key Club, and several other multiple peer-leadership groups. She also sings in the church choir.