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Race Preview: Girls on the Run 5K (Portland)

“Girls on the Run is so much fun.” If you join in on the Girls on the Run 5K this spring, you will hear that chant so many times, and if you are like me, smile each and every time.

Girls on the Run is a nationwide program for 3rd-8th grade girls that teaches much more than just running. Over 10-weeks, each team of girls meets twice a week with three coaches to learn about self-empowerment, friendship, community service, and positive healthy choices. Each practice session includes running where the focus is on trying your best and encouraging your teammates. The season ends with the Girls on the Run 5K where hundreds of girls from across the city come together to run together. I’ve coached a team for two seasons and volunteered in multiple other roles with the program. It is amazing and worth it. If you have a young girl in your family, see if her school has a team to join next spring. Or if you love running (and you are reading this blog so I’m guessing you do), check out how you could get involved as a coach next year.

We believe that EVERY GIRL is inherently FULL OF POWER and POTENTIAL. By knowing they are the leaders of their lives, these are the girls who WILL CHANGE THE WORLD.

For this year’s race, you can get involved as a Community Runner or as a Running Buddy. Community Runners participate in the race as a normal runner, alongside hundreds of girls who will have the biggest smiles you have ever seen. Running Buddies are matched with a girl from the program to run the race with (Running Buddy sign-ups start May 1st). I’ve been a buddy twice and learned so much about my girls in those few miles. No matter your pace, there is some girl who would love to sprint, run, jog, or walk with purpose right beside you. Both options are the same cost with proceeds going to help support the program and continue its expansion in the city.

Girls on the Run 5K (Portland)
When: May 19th at 10am
Where: Portland International Raceway (1940 N Victory Blvd, Portland, OR 97217)
Register: Online or on race day starting at 8:15am
Packet Pick-Up: Race day
Cost: $ 35 (includes GOTR t-shirt)

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About Meg DuMez (60 Articles)
Writer of stories. Organizer of lives. Advisor of academic journeys.

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