Girls on the Run
Somehow I’ve never written about Girls on the Run. Really? How is that possible?
I’m coaching with GOTR this spring and it’s been really fun. I coached in 2012 in DC and it was also a great experience. Lots of excited cheery 3rd-5th grade girls.
Girls on the Run is a great program that uses running as a tool to talk to girls about healthy lifestyles. It’s a pretty holistic program; lessons include being active, eating healthy, understanding advertising, being positive, gossip. Every practice includes a couple of games, the lesson, and at the end the girls give an energy award to a few of their teammates. The season culminates in a 5k that all of the girls participate in with a community running buddy. Some will whine through the whole thing. Some run it all pretty quickly. All are excited and proud of themselves at the end.