It’s early on a Saturday morning in June and most elementary school students would still be in bed given the choice.
Yet over five hundred girls across the state are lining up to run a 5k race; a culmination of their hard work and training over the past two months to celebrate the end of the Girls on the Run spring season. A sea of sapphire shirts moves in waves; jittering girls jumping up and down matching with their hair bows and tattoos excited to get started.
Girls on the Run is a non-profit prevention program for girls in grades 3-5, with a Girls on Track program for girls in grades 6-8. The 10-week program follows a national curriculum focused on building self-esteem and improving emotional and physical health with training for a 3.1 mile (5K) event.
Girls on the Run has been fostering the physical and mental wellbeing of adolescent females for several years with girls returning to the program in both the fall and the spring. Under the direction of a dedicated staff of trained volunteer coaches, the girls engaged in lessons about friendships, peer pressure, gossip, and emotional wellbeing while preparing to complete a 5k.
Registration for the fall season opens on August 1 at www.girlsontherunnj.org.
The program cost is $185 per girl and is available regardless of family income. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request financial assistance. Session dates are approximately 9/10- 11/20. You can also follow GOTR on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GOTRNJ or Twitter at GOTR_NJ.
Girls on the Run is also looking for coaches!
Imagine the satisfaction and reward of helping not just one girl but 15 gain a stronger sense of identity, greater self-acceptance, a healthier body, and an understanding of what it means to be part of a team in just a couple of hours a week.
Coaches are provided with training, a comprehensive, well-researched curriculum, and teaching materials that are being used by Girls On The Run in communities around the nation. Our coaches come from a wide variety of backgrounds: mothers, teachers, guidance counselors, and other community members who value health and physical fitness.
We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
You can get more information by visiting www.girlsontherunnj.org or by emailing email@example.com.