Girls on the Run spring race is Saturday
BEAVER SPRINGS – The spring session of the Girls on the Run program will wrap up on Saturday with their 5K race at the Middlecreek Area Community Center in Beaver Springs. The 5K race is the big finale for girls participating in Girls on the Run this season. Cheryl Stumpf is executive director of Girls on the Run Susquehanna Valley and explains what the program is all about.
Stumpf said, “Girls on the Run is not a running program. We are a program designed to empower and inspire girls to realize their greatest potential. Through the power of running, we talk about different issues that the girls start addressing in 3rd grade and we go on up to 8th grade to Girls on Track.”
Stumpf says it’s a special group of girls who participate. She said, “The program itself is about catching the girls who tend to be on the periphery and who don’t usually get involved in organized sports. It gives them a sense of being a part of a team as well as learning that their bodies can do many different things and they don’t have to be perfect.”
Emma Naugle is a 4th grader at Selinsgrove Intermediate School. She explained her goal for the 5K race on Saturday saying, “I just want to hang out with my friends while building up my strength.”
The public is also encouraged to participate in the Girls On the Run 5K race on Saturday at the MACC in Beaver Springs. The race begins at 9 a.m. and you can register the day of the race or go online to www.active.com. Find out more about the Girls On The Run program at www.girlsontherunsusquehannavalley.org. (Ali Stevens)