ANACOCO — For as long as she can remember, Anacoco senior Nicole Fitzgerald has loved running.

ANACOCO — For as long as she can remember, Anacoco senior Nicole Fitzgerald has loved running.

Her passion for the sport is quite evident. She has competed for the Anacoco Lady Indians' cross country team and track squad since the seventh grade.

But even before then, she ran with her mother, Julie Fitzgerald.

“Running is my life,” Nicole Fitzgerald said. “And as soon as Mrs. [Tammy] Cecil said we had to do a senior project for her class this year, I knew it had to do with running.”

Fitzgerald will be hosting the first-ever Resolution Run on Jan. 21, in Leesville. There will be a 5K event, as well as a 1-mile fun run/walk. The race will begin at 8 a.m. at the Oak Pointe Wellness Center, located at 800 ½ South 3rd Street.

The cost to run in the 5K event is $30 per person, while the fun run/walk is $20 per person.

“The goal for the Resolution Run is to get more people to adopt a new lifestyle and resolve to be more healthy,” Fitzgerald said. “I really want to see people with the resolve to get more fit and healthy this year.”

Fitzgerald has been working on this project since October and she has learned that putting together an event like this is not an easy task.

“There are so many things you have to do that goes into it,” she smiled. “I started by ordering the bibs for the runners. Plus, you have to get permits, race insurance and recon the route. It's a lot of work that goes into it.”

Fortunately for Fitzgerald, her mother, Julie, is quite the fitness guru. The former military police officer has always been involved in physical activity.

“My mom is my mentor,” Nicole Fitzgerald said. “From doing PT when she was in the military until now, she stays extremely active. It's her interest in staying fit that interested me.”

And although the main goal for this event is to promote health and fitness, working on it has taught Fitzgerald many things.

“This project has really helped Nicole develop assertiveness as she has had to step out of her shell,” Cecil said. “It's also made her trust herself more and she has developed great organizational skills. This has been a great confidence builder for her, but I knew when she picked this project, she was going to be successful.”

“I've had to learn to be a little more patient,” Fitzgerald said. “I've always had organizational skills and I'm a perfectionist. This has taught me that things don't come together all at once. It takes time.

As an amateur athlete still involved in high school sports, the money raised from the event could not go to Fitzgerald, however. So instead, all money raised from event will be donated to Hornbeck First Baptist Church, helping the group prepare for its mission trip to Honduras.

“Right now, we have about 50 signed up, but we are still taking registration forms,” Fitzgerald said. “Please come out and support this event and help us help Hornbeck First Baptist Church in their efforts to spread the word of God to the world.

For more information, you may call either 337-423-6491 or 337-397-1493.