Thirteen-year-old Amelia Christy is not only outpacing her peers, but also adults. Christy, who consistently makes headmaster's list at her school, recently won first place in the Female Open category of the Minden St. Jude 5K race. She finished the race in 22 minutes and 44 seconds, a full minute and 41 seconds before the seconds place winner.
Her father, Jay Christy and mother, Shelley Christy, say they are very proud of Amelia's accomplishments both on and off the racecourse.
"That is an outstanding time for anyone to complete a 5k in," Jay said. "She is very determined and dedicated. We are proud of her participation in individual sports and have supported her being active from a young age."
In addition to Amelia being on the Glenbrook Cross-country team, she also likes to exercise her artistic abilities.
"Her paintings and drawings hang all around our home," Shelley said. "She is so creative and we are proud to hang her work."
Amelia plays other sports including tennis, basketball, swimming, soccer and cycling. Her involvement in the various activities, which may total up to 10 hours per week, may have been what helped train her for her recent win.
"I do a lot of running with some of the other activities I'm involved in, like soccer," Amelia said. "Plus, because I stay active and eat well, it's easy to stay ready for a race."
Amelia has secured another women's division win at the Trail Run, Monkey Trails in Keithville last month.
She participated in Minden Medical Center's 5K Reindeer Run in December and Sportspectrum's Turkey Trot in November.
Amelia's brother, Parker said his twin sister "is like a jack rabbit" when she races.
"Parker and Amelia are very supportive of each other," Jay said. "They go to each other's events and cheer for one another."
"Shelley and I are very active," Jay continued. "The kids were in jogging strollers as their mom ran from the time they were born. There are not many sports someone in our family isn't involved in. We like to have healthy, competitive fun."