I am so excited to be a Girls on the Run Fall 5k Ambassador! GOTR is such an amazing organization. Their mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running! I have been lucky enough to be connected with this organization for a few years now. I ran the Be The One Run in the Spring of 2012, and GOTR were there running their 5k! And I was lucky enough to win my bib to the Women’s Half marathon thanks to GOTR!
Girls on the Run Twin Cities is part of Girls on the Run International, founded by Molly Barker in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1996. The Girls on the Run Twin Cities is an independent 501c3 youth development program that was founded by Mary Uran and Kori Fitschen in 2011. I have met these ladies, and they are wonderful, strong and amazing women that any girl would be proud to have as a role model!
Their vision is to see a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to pursue her dreams. They achieve this by the amazing curriculum. The 20 lesson curricula helps to empower girls with a greater sense of self-awareness, a sense of achievement, a foundation in team-building, and a commitment to enhancing their communities. All in order to help these girls become strong, content, healthy and confident women.
Through interactive activities such as running, playing games, and discussing important issues, participants in the 10 week program learn how to celebrate their unique and real selves. Each lesson is led by trained female coaches that guide and mentor girls through the fun and uplifting curriculum. The program utilizes a whole-person approach to elevate emotional, social, mental and physical health. Lessons include topics to enable girls to effectively problem solve, and remain strong during adolescence. Topics include:
- Dealing with Body image and the media
- Resisting peer pressure
- Making healthy decisions
- Contributing to the community
The 10 week program concludes with all participants walking or running in a 5k event…which leads me to the event!!
The Girls on the Run 5k is taking place on Saturday November 16th at 9am. The run starts and ends near the Nokomis Community center at Lake Nokomis. Almost 100 girls and their running buddies, as well as 300 community runners will be running! This is the first time that GOTR has opened up the race to community runners. A little more info about race day:
- There will be a fun group warm up before the race, as well as food and festivities after the race
- Registrants will receive a race t-shirt
- This is a fun run, so no timing or ships will be used.
Ready to register for this awesome event, and support a great organization? Register here!
As of right now I plan on walking this 5k, although it’s just a few weeks after The Bump’s arrival! I love that The Bump’s first 5k will be a GOTR 5k…totally fitting!