Colchester Middle School and Malletts Bay School participants in the Girls on Track and Girls on the Run programs completed the 2013 Girls on the Run Vermont 5K event at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction on June 8 (to view a video from the event, please click here).
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 about 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.
The annual 5K is an untimed, noncompetitive 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 program, please contact Danielle Grise at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rachel Wood at email@example.com. For more information about MBS’s program, please contact Erin Randall-Mullins at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit the Vermont Department of Health’s website.
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