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‘Girls On The Run’ to Celebrate Record-Breaking Season with 5th Anniversary 5K on April 30; Over 575 Elementary and Middle School Girls to Participate

April 12, 2017 by  

'Girls On The Run' to Celebrate Record-Breaking Season with 5th Anniversary 5K on April 30; Over 575 Elementary and Middle School Girls to Participate
Over 575 Clark County girls will pour their heart and sole to participate in the 2017 Girls on the Run Las Vegas 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, April 30 at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. A favorite among locals and students across the city, Girls On The Run’s (GOTR) record-breaking 5th anniversary will bring in the largest group of volunteers and participants to date. 

Shared among 39 teams across the valley, the 10-week character building program is aimed at enhancing self-esteem and increasing healthy lifestyle choices. With a new location, big numbers and even bigger goals, Health Plan of Nevada has proudly joined GOTR as a new 5K event sponsor.

“Girls on the Run Las Vegas celebrates our five year milestone anniversary this season, serving close to 600 3rd-8th grade girls throughout Clark County,” says executive director Brigette Kirvin. “Empowering these young women with a positive sense of self, connection to peers and community and the knowledge that they can accomplish big things with consistent effort is at the driving force of our program. It’s not just an after-school program, it’s a movement!”

Girls on the Run is a nationally recognized youth-development program that inspires young girls to build self-confidence, teamwork and independent thinking through physical activity. This season, the local council achieved the largest growth in the chapter’s history, serving 577 girls in 3rd-8th grades.

The race will include:

  • A pre-event dance party featuring high-energy DJ JayR Beatbox
  • The Sparkle Zone – An area to glitz and glam the program participants with colored hairspray and face painting
  • “Selfie Stations” that include a large running shoe designed by a middle school participant
  • Special visits from a collection of mascots including The Coca-Cola Polar Bear and UNLV’s Hey Reb!
  • Support from local groups such as UNLV’s Cheer, Soccer and Basketball teams, Coronado Band

Registration is now open for the 2017 Girls on the Run 5K: $35 for adults and $15 for children under 18. The participation fee includes an event T-shirt, a commemorative 5k medal and mouth-watering refreshments. GOTR superhero capes and cowbells will also be on sale at the merchandise tent, with all proceeds supporting the company’s scholarship fund.

Girls on the Run is a non-profit, youth empowerment program that began in 1996 and now has 225 councils across the nation and in Canada. To date, over one million girls have completed the program. The Las Vegas chapter has more than 550 elementary and middle school girls enrolled this spring who are training for a 5K run/walk over the course of 10 weeks while also building critical life skills through a carefully crafted and researched curriculum. For more information, visit http://www.girlsontherunlv.org/.

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