Meet the runner: Lillian Duchateau


Meet the runner: Lillian Duchateau

1:28 p.m. PDT May 10, 2016

An earlier version of this story was corrected for Lillian’s online schooling on Tuesday, May 10. 

Lillian Duchateau, 6, did two one-armed push-ups Saturday morning to prepare for her first Awesome 3000 run.

Lillian Duchateau, 6, listens to the volunteers before

Lillian Duchateau, 6, listens to the volunteers before the start of the kindergarten girls run at Awesome 3000 on Saturday, May 7, 2016. (Photo: Natalie Pate)

Just after, she fueled up by eating a bowl of her favorite cereal, Captain Crunch.

She said she was ready to beat the boys.

She was sporting bright, multi-colored leggings that matched her bright pink headband.

Before the race, she stretched with her friends and listed to the volunteers leading the warm up.

Lillian goes to school online through Oregon Virtual Academy and to the Zena Springs Farm School in West Salem.

Her grandparents, aunt and cousins came with her mom to cheer her on.

“I love running everywhere,” she said. “I like to win!”Lillian jumped up and down while she held her mom’s hand, excited to run.

She said the run on Saturday was hot, but really fun.

She ran the whole time and she proudly showed her medal, continuing to smile and jump up and down with excitement.

Natalie Pate is the education reporter for the Statesman Journal. Contact Natalie at, (503) 399-6745, or follow her on Twitter @Nataliempate, on Facebook at or on the Web at


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Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is the education reporter for the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon. Natalie has previously worked for organizations and publications such as Direct Relief International, Waging Non-Violence, and Amnesty International USA. She has had stories published with USA Today, Associated Press and Ozy, among others. Natalie earned her B.A. in Politics and French and Francophone Studies (FFS) from Willamette University. During her studies, she wrote a Politics thesis titled, "No One is Dying: How and Why the U.S. Federal Government Avoids Executing Prisoners on Federal Death Row" and an FFS thesis, in French, on cannibalism in the 16th and 17th centuries. Natalie is a journalist, performer, traveler, fiction writer and more. She is working to publish her dystopian novella, "Choice," which follows a man during 24 hours in solitary confinement for allegedly committing murder. For more information on Natalie visit, like her on Facebook at, or follow Natalie on Twitter (@Nataliempate) or Tumblr (Nataliempate blog "In the Shoes of a Journalist"). Her reporting with the Statesman Journal can also be found at

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