Wednesday, March 23, 2016

about Girls On The Run

It's time to tell you a little more about Girls on the Run and how awesome they are! As you know, I am running the 10k at the Borgess Run for the Health of it/Kalamazoo Marathon. I have chosen to run for and raise money for GOTR as well. Their mission statement below sums it up pretty well!
"Girls on The Run is a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade. Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. The 20-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions.....
Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-15 girls, we teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The 20-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large....
Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. At each season's conclusion, the girls and their running buddies complete a 5k running event. Completing a 5k gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The result—making the seemingly impossible, possible and teaching girls that they can." - GOTR Website

I didn't run my first 5K until I was 24! That is way too long to wait to have made healthier choices and set a goal for myself. Theses girls do it at 13! But, in order for this program to exist and help girls of all family income status, they need our help! Click here to make a donation and support my run and GOTR! The first person to donate will automatically win a $10 gift card for Gazelle Sports, courtesy of Girls on the Run! 

Be the change. Make the difference.

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