Running and racing is a family affair for the Griffin Sisters. If you have ever run a =PR= Race then you are bound to have seen this sibling trio out on the race course. The Griffin sisters are avid runners and treat their race schedule as a family reunion.
Meet The Griffin Sisters: Kim, Katie, and Melissa
Oldest sister Kim started running in the summer of 2015 with the PRR Reston Running 101 Training Programs with the hopes of completing her first Princess Half Marathon at Disney. Soon after in 2016, Kim bribed Katie with a trip to Disney to run the Princess 5K. Last but not least, Melissa joined the PRR Reston 101 training group in 2017 with her sisters.
What Advice Do You Have For Families Thinking of Training, Running, or Racing Together?
The Griffin sisters train, run, and race side by side. All three sisters are part of the =PR= Reston Training Program and enjoy pushing one another. We asked them what advice they had for families looking to train, run, and race together. Here’s what they had to say-
- Run races on vacation and holidays!
- Make sure that you are open and honest with each other about your goals.
- Be aware of how each other is motivated.
The Best Part About Running Together…
Running has brought the Griffin sister’s closer together. They have spent a large amount of time training together over the past few years. Running has given the sisters a chance to bond over something which is helping them become healthier every day. In addition to running, the sisters have a love for all things Disney and enjoy planning races and trips to Disney often.
Q U I C K Q U E S T I O N S
What’s Your Favorite =PR= Race?
Kim: Firecracker 5k – It was my first 5k and I have done it every year since. I think of it as my running anniversary and celebrate another year of running.
Katie: Great American 5k because I always see the most improvement in my running.
Melissa: Leesburg 20k, although it was a hard race mentally for me, it was a big goal race and I was able to push through and finish with some help from a running buddy.
How did you get started running? Was one sibling first or did you start altogether at once? What was the starting point?
Kim: I was the first one to start running and started in summer 2015 with the PRR Reston Running 101 training program. I started running because I really wanted to run the Princess Half Marathon at Disney and got hooked!
Katie: I started running in 2016 when Kim bribed me with a trip to Disney if I ran the Princess 5k with her.
Melissa: I started running with Kim when I was home from college. I joined PRR Reston Running 101 in 2017 and have been running ever since!
What’s a Fun Fact About Your Sister?
Fun Facts from Kim: Katie is the master crafter for us and has made most of our crazy costumes and matching shirts! Melissa is a special education teacher and brings her caring nature to our running group as well!
Fun Facts from Katie: Kim likes to convince her younger siblings to do the craziest things and we all just follow along (which is how Melissa and I got started running.) Melissa played volleyball in high school.
Fun Facts from Melissa: Kim is the biggest motivator and is always encouraging others to run and just have fun. If you have a dream or goal, she’ll be by your side until you achieve it! Katie won’t admit it, but she actually likes running!
Best Advice You Can Give Your Sisters:
Katie: Together we are unstoppable!
Who is your biggest cheerleader?
Kim: Our parents, our dad is in charge of cheer squad logistics and our Mom brings the spirit!
What is your Best Race Memory?
Melissa: Finishing my first marathon with my sisters.
T H I S O R T H A T
Time of Day – Rise and Grind or Night Owl
Melissa: Rise and Grind with Reston DTP!
Katie: With Reston DTP!
Kim: Rise and Grind
Running Company – Alone or Together
Melissa: With any of my crazy running buddies!
Katie: Running with my crazy running buddies
Kim: Both depends on the goal of the run
Location – Road Runner or Trail Crusher
Melissa: W&OD trail
Katie: Road Runner
F I L L I N T H E B L A N K
My favorite thing about running is…
Melissa: Fun long runs with my sisters and crazy running buddies.
When I grow up I want to…
Katie: Work at Disney.
Kim: Better in costume.