Colchester Middle School and Malletts Bay School participants in the Girls on Track and Girls on the Run programs completed the 2011 Girls on the Run Vermont 5K event at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds in Essex Junction on May 21.
Girls on the Run©, a nonprofit program sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont, encourages girls in grades 3–8 to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running. Combining training for a 3.1-mile run or walk with age-appropriate discussions around such topics as tobacco and alcohol use, eating disorders, personal and Internet safety, and harassment, the program is designed to encourage positive emotional, social, and physical development. It also introduces the participants to alternative, fun ways of engaging in physical activity, such as snowshoeing, hiking, and yoga.
Kara Pawlusiak and Stephanie Miller coach Colchester Middle School’s Girls on Track program, along with assistant coaches Connie Gavin, Katie Keidel, and Meghan Tiernan Fischer. Several other CMS staff members offer their support, as well, to make this program so successful.
Malletts Bay School’s Girls on the Run teams are coached by Allison Dean, Michele Corriveau, Robyn St.Peter, Cheryl Aley, and Jen Turmel, as well as Debi Richardson, Wayne Tetrick, Ellen Tetrick, and Sandra Martin.
The 5K is a noncompetitive (untimed) event; coaches work with the girls to do their personal best—whether that means that they walk, jog, or run. Many parents and other family members also attend and participate along with the girls.
Girls on the Run© is part of Girls on the Run International, which currently organizes programs in more than 170 cities across the United States and Canada.
For more information about CMS’s Girls on Track, please contact Kara Pawlusiak at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Vermont Department of Health’s website.
For more information about MBS’s Girls on the Run, please contact Michele Corriveau at (802) 655-1985.
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