12-Year-Old Bryan Girl Races for Running Glory

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BRYAN, Texas A 12-year-old Bryan track star is headed to Hershey, Pennsylvania to race her way to some track and field glory.

Rajer Gurode, said her dad introduced her to running, and she never looked back.

"When I was younger, I used to run down the street with my dad," said Gurode.

Running became a way of life for Gurode. Now, her running shoes seem to generate more heat than the Texas sun. She's not much for words, but comes to life when she runs the 100-yard dash.

Gurode recently won at the Hershey's Track and Field Games in Bryan. Her next stop will be in Hershey to compete in the finals.

Between now and then, there's plenty of practicing to be done. Gurode spends her mornings at Merrill Green Stadium at Bryan High School, fighting the heat and fine tuning her body to become a lean, running machine.

Gurode's coach, Sam Pittman II, said Gurode is a rare breed.

"She's a fantastic athlete," said Pittman.

Pittman is a coach for the Bryan Thunderbolts, a summer running club. He said it's important to teach young athletes like Gurode the importance of technique.

"So that as they get stronger, as they get faster and more experienced at track and field, coupled with superior athleticism, that superior technique is going to help them to really excel at the sport," said Pittman.

Gurode's mother, Billie Workman, watches from the sidelines as her daughter pushes her body to its limits. She said running is in Gurode's blood.

"Sometimes we get out there together and run together at home. It's something she likes to do," said Workman.

Gurode said she has a little advice for anyone who's fast enough to try and follow in her footsteps.

"Push hard, work hard, listen to your coaches and listen to your teachers," said Gurode.

Gurode is scheduled to run in the Hershey's Track and Field Finals in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Saturday. To find out more about the games, or the Bryan Thunderbolts Running Club, click on the links added to this story.