Sisters Arianne Seidl and Taylor Aldrich crossed the finish line side by side at the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon. Seidl, 36, grabbed Aldrich, 27. They hugged. Tears welled in Aldrich’s eyes. For a few moments, they walked down the finishing chute, their faces squished together.
“Running,” said Seidl, “has brought us closer together.”
Seidl ran track and cross country in high school in Kansas. Aldrich was the proud little sister, darting about the cross-country course, cheering on big sister. Seidl ran her first marathon her junior year in college. Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans was her 11th 26.2-miler.
They live in separate states now, Arianne a P.E. teacher with three kids in Kansas, Taylor a personal trainer in Arkansas. For nearly 18 months, Taylor talked about running her first marathon, wanting to do it side by side with Arianne.
They accomplished that feat last March in Fayetteville, Ark. Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans represented their second marathon together. At about Mile 15, Taylor was hurting and told Arianne to jog up ahead. Big sister said no. She was sticking side by side with Taylor.
So when they crossed the finish line in 4 hours, 30 minutes, 50 seconds, it’s easy to understand why Aldrich broke down, shedding tears. She’s no longer a little kid, scurrying about, chasing her sister on a high school cross country course.
They’re sisters, sharing a passion for running. Said Aldrich, “It’s such an emotional bond.”