PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) -
After years living in North Carolina, training and coaching track and field Latasha Colander-Clark is back where she says she belongs."I am back at home to settle down here and to enjoy home."
A 1994 graduate of Wilson high school, Colander Clark become an All-American at North Carolina and soon after, as a member of the U.S. 4x400 meter relay team, she won a gold medal at the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney Australia. "I knew the journey began as a kid running, but the dream did not really come true until Sydney. When I got that medal, God said, "this is your, noone can take it out of your hands."
Now through her foundation, the LC Treasures Within Foundation, Colander-Clark is partnering with the Portsmouth YMCA to help bring this weekends 5k and 1 mile Olympic Challenger Race. YMCA Director Doris Cobb said, "What we would like is to make this an annual event. Because of the weather and this is a great time of year to run for the whole family."
As a mother of three, Colander-Clark is now giving back to her hometown of Portsmouth and the YMCA where as a child she developed her gift of speed. " I used to run here when I was a child. And now I feel that this gift has opened up so many doors."
The race is set for 9:00 AM, Saturday September 14, and you can register at www.olympicchallenger.com
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