By Renee Larr
The fifth annual Girls on the Run 5K will be held May 13 at Saxony. Girls on the Run of Central Indiana serves Hamilton, Boone, Hancock, Tippecanoe and Hendricks counties. Its goal mission is to empower girls in grades three through eight by instilling self-esteem.
“Our goal is to make them joyful, healthy and happy by talking to them through a curriculum. We have different lessons every time they meet,” Executive Director Lorri Brune said. “They’re talking about bullying, body image, self-esteem, and at the same time they’re training for a 5K run. They’re always doing something in these lessons.”
Girls meet two times a week for 75 minutes for 10 weeks.
“We ask schools to get involved. We have volunteer coaches that work with the girls. Many of the coaches are school teachers or people within the school. They’re the ones who volunteer to coach,” Brune said.
The run will not only be a test of the girls’ physical abilities but a graduation party of sorts.
“We want the run to be a celebration of them completing the program, not just accomplishing being able to do a 5K,” Brune said. “Our program is divided into three sections. They learn about themselves. They learn about their team around them. They also learn about their community. They also do a community service project at the end of the season. It’s a true 5K celebration.”
The day will include food, music and fun activities for the girls.
“All the girls wear the No.1 because we want them all to know each of them are just as important as the other. We want them to know it’s important to be part of your community and give back to your community,” Brune said.
The community is encouraged to come out and join the fun. For more, visit gotrci.org.