More than 125 campers were on-hand for quite a treat today, as Ashley Higginson was the special guest speaker for the Shore Running Experience Camp held this week at Monmouth University. The former Princeton University stand-out was both captivating & inspiring as she shared stories about her running career from high school through becoming a pro.
Higginson enlightened the students with her effervescent charm, discussing her career’s high & lows. She spoke of her experiences including narrowly missing the Olympic Games. She also told the story of her life-changing road trip to Colorado, in which she paused half way across the country to watch the opening ceremonies and wound up turning around to head back to NJ so she could rededicate herself to running. The kids were captivated by her candor and listened intently to every word that the pro shared.
The former Rutgers Law student also fielded a ton of questions from the young athletes on topics ranging from preparation, how to shake off a bad streak, off days, time-management, confidence and tons more. Seeing such a running legend first-hand and being able to interact with her was nothing short of amazing for the campers. Her words were certainly well-received by the aspiring running stars of tomorrow and she was kind enough to sign a few autographs for them as well.
Higginson joined the campers at an exciting time in her career. She is coming off a record setting performance at the Pan Am Games in the 3000 Steeplechase. She will also be heading to Costa Rica this weekend to represent the US and keep up her winning ways at the NACAC Championships.
Ashley currently competes on behalf of the NJ/NY Track Club under legendary coach Frank “Gags” Gagliano, who she spoke very highly of. She also proudly represents Saucony, who co-sponsored the camp along with Runner’s High as well.
It was truly exhilarating to see a Jersey runner not only represent the Garden State in such an impressive fashion, but to also see her inspiring young runners as well. Ashley Higginson is a class act who continues making NJ proud…on and off the track.