By Chris Bavender
When runners line up to tackle the Indy Women’s Half Marathon and 5K Sept. 30th, they’ll have some inspiration when Carmel resident Mary Kate Temple sets the pace by singing the national anthem at the Opening Ceremony. The 16-year-old has been singing since elementary school.
“This will be the largest crowd I have sung for, so I am nervous, but it is a real honor to sing our country’s national anthem for all the women runners,” Temple said. “I like performing and entertaining people. I want to put on a good show that people enjoy. When I am singing, it makes me happy and stress-free. I sing all the time. I just love it.”
What makes the event even more special for Temple is that she is a runner and will be competing in the City Meet for the Cathedral High School girl’s cross country team later that day.
“I love to sing, and I love being a part of the JV (junior varsity) cross country team for Cathedral,” Temple said. “So it will be a fun day for me to first sing for all the women runners and then to participate in a meet myself.”
Temple joined the cross country team last year after a friend “talked her into it.”
“She said it was fun and many of my friends were also doing it. I try hard but I really enjoy the social aspects of running with my teammates,” she said. “I also enjoy the exercise I get when I’m running. I really wanted to represent my school in a sport, and I am so happy I get to do that through running.”
The teen manages to balance her two passions – singing and running – with “super understanding” cross country coaches.
“If I have to miss practices for voice lessons or play practice, they are very supportive as long as I communicate with them,” she said.
Temple hopes warming up the Indy Women’s Half runners will provide her with inspiration as she prepares for the City Meet.
“I have been working on improving my times this year, so I hope I can end the season with a good run for my team,” she said. “Last year, the City Meet was the meet I ran the fastest at, so I am hopeful that will be the case again this year. One of the best parts about running is the camaraderie with my teammates. We work hard but we have so much fun, too.”