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Attendees support Girls on the Run at 5K

Nearly 1,500 girls, spectators, volunteers and community members gathered for the Girls on the Run Central PA 5K event, the culminating moment of the Girls on the Run season.

“Girls on the Run empowers young girls and women to be their unique selves, set goals, be confident and so much more,” said Shannon Butters, executive director. “Although the program includes running, the weekly lessons encourage participants and coaches to recognize their Star Power, build connections and develop healthy habits. At the beginning of the season, completing a 5K may seem impossible, to some of these girls, but our goal is to show them that with hard work and determination the impossible can become possible.”

Girls on the Run is a nationally known physical activity-based, positive youth development program that uses fun running games and dynamic discussions to teach life skills to girls in third to eighth grades. During the 10-week program, girls participate in lessons that foster confidence, build peer connections and encourage community service while they prepare for the end-of-season celebratory 5K event.

Throughout eight counties, more than 100 trained volunteer coaches facilitated the curriculum to over 400 girls this season, helping equip them with the physical and emotional skills necessary to carry them over the 5K finish line at The Miller Center, in Lewisburg.

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