First Southern Utah Girls on the Run program finishes with community 5K

ST. GEORGE — After their 10-week camp, young girls in the Girls on the Run camp are joining the community and displaying their progress by finishing a 5K on Friday at 4 p.m. at Town Square in St. George.

A girl celebrates while running her 5k at the end of her partcipation in the program, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Girls on the Run, St. George  News
A girl celebrates while running her 5k at the end of her partcipation in the program, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Girls on the Run, St. George News

This race celebrates the end of the first Girls on the Run camp, also called GOTR, in Southern Utah. Boys and girls of all ages, whether involved in the camp or not, are invited to run alongside these confident girls and race the 5K. Registration is available online and is $20 for children 15 and younger, $25 for 16 and 17-year-olds and $10 for running buddies of 18 and older.

The race is not competitive but a race to celebrate healthy living and self-respect.

“Girls on the Run aims to change and help young girls whose fiery spark of confidence and boundless enthusiasm has buckled under the pressure many tween girls face to fit in and meet seemingly unattainable ideals,” Melissa Miller, executive director of GOTR Southern Utah, said.


READ MORE: Girls on the Run sparks confidence in young girls; spring program sign-ups


Girls making friends during their participation in the Girls on the Run program, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Girls on the Run, St. George  News
Girls making friends during their participation in the Girls on the Run program, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Girls on the Run, St. George News

Although new to Southern Utah, GOTR started in 1997 and has since empowered over 200,000 girls in grades three to five with skills that help them navigate life experience, build self-esteem and learn about healthy goal setting in a safe and nurturing environment. The program focuses on character building and inspiring girls to think outside of the box.

In a culture where so many young girls are influenced by negative media images, this program opens up the conversations about healthy body image, being a good friend, combating bullying and helping others,” Miller said. “It’s no wonder the girls create lifelong friendships.”

Event details

  • What: Girls on the Run Spring 2015 5K
  • When: Friday, 4 p.m.
  • Where: Town Square, 50 S. Main Street, St. George
  • Registration: $20 for 15 and younger, $25 for 16 and older, $10 for running buddies of 18 and older
  • Volunteer opportunities for coaches, assistant coaches and running buddies can make a difference in the community | Visit the Girls on the Run website to sign up

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