Girls on the Run launches program of Grade 6-8 in Portland this fall: Heart & Sole

One of Run Oregon's favorite running-related non-profits is Girls on the Run (GOTR). This amazing program for young girls gives them tools to build confidence, prevent bullying, learn about healthy eating and exercise habits, and exposes them to positive role models in their own community. GOTR Portland has just announced the launch of a new program for girls in grades 6-8. This fall, Heart & Sole teams will be formed at Meadow Park Middle School in Beaverton and at Skyline K-8 in Portland. Participation is not limited to students at those schools; girls just need to have transportation to one of the two sites to sign up. (Registration for Running Buddies will open soon - watch Run Oregon for details.) Here's the scoop:

The Beaverton practices will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 4p-5:30p at Meadow Park MS, located at 14100 SW Downing St.

The practices at Skyline K-8 will be held at their school, located at 11536 NW Skyline Blvd. in Portland. This location’s practices will be on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:15p-4:45p.

Each group is limited to just 15 girls for this inaugural season, and those who sign up are expected to attend nearly all practices. This is simply because it’s an involved program and missing days would mean missing out on fun activities. The registration is $180, but girls are able to apply for financial aid. The program includes 10 weeks of practice and culminates the Holiday Half 5k, which is part of the larger Holiday Half Marathon and 5k event on Sunday, December 11.

Girls of all fitness levels can participate in this program; they are matched with a Running Buddy that will run or walk at their buddy’s pace. In other words, the girls don’t have to run the whole 5k or at all! Many girls that participate in GOTR have minimal running experience when they start the program, but thanks to the supportive environment, they learn to pace themselves and do their own personal best. It’s a good reminder to us grown-ups that it’s not about how fast you can get there; it’s about enjoying the journey!

Click here to go straight to the online registration for the 2016 Heart & Sole Girls on the Run and sign up your 6th-8th grade superstar!

About Kelly Barten (1152 Articles)
I started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because I felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. I also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support LOCAL race organizers. I'm a Creighton Bluejay (undergrad) and an Oregon Duck (Sports Marketing MBA), and I live in Tigard with my husband and two kids. My "real job" is working for an incredibly awesome math textbook company doing marketing and production.
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