Girls on the Run (GOTR) is celebrating another exciting season with record program enrollment and runner participation at their upcoming 5K.
More than 230 girls and their running buddies will complete their fall season at a celebratory 5K run and walk at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23 at Kellogg-Zaher Sports Complex.
More than half of the 15 GOTR teams are from at-risk areas, having been given the opportunity to participate in the program through grants funded by the United Way Women’s Leadership Council and The Coca-Cola Foundation. KTNV Channel 13 Action News anchor Jessica Janner will emcee the event and members of the Las Vegas Legends Soccer Team will make an appearance at the course to demonstrate their soccer skills and cheer for the girls along the course.
All of the girls will sparkle and shine 5K morning even more than usual with faces painted and hair glittered. Many will wear crazy socks, butterfly wings and superhero capes that help express their confidence and the empowerment gained from being a Girl on the Run. The Coca-Cola Polar Bear will be on hand to take photos with the girls at “Selfie Stations” and help with a dance party warm-up to high-energy music from a DJ. Before lining up at the start line, all GOTR girls will get their pinkies painted blue via the “Mean Stinks” campaign by Secret, reminding them to take the pinky pledge and stand up to bullying. Along the course, the Arbor High School Drumline will inspire girls to run strong and members from the Green Valley Female Flag Football team, the “Very Awesome Girls into Nerdy Activities”, Nike Outlet store, Coca-Cola, and United Way will cheer for the girls and other community runners as they run the course.
Runners and walkers, girls and boys, families or individuals are encouraged to register for the race, with all proceeds going toward funding the non-profit so they may expand and serve more girls in the Las Vegas valley. Girls on the Run Las Vegas has seen exponential growth since last spring, with double the number of third through fifth grade girls participating. The program is now available at many new school sites, with plans to continue expanding in 2015.
The Girls on the Run program empowers volunteer coaches to teach necessary life lessons in tandem with the 5k training during after-school sessions. The lessons empower girls to reach their limitless potential while living healthy and happy lives. These lessons are taught and put into context through fun running games and activities that enable girls to make smart choices and to think for themselves while remaining open-minded and respectful of differing opinions.
Race registration is open to the public. To register for the fall 5K, apply as a new school or enroll a girl in the program, visit the website: http://www.girlsontherunlv.org