Somerville NJ - As temperatures rise, and the snow slowly melts away, our thoughts turn towards the 15th Anniversary of Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey, and the beginning of another season of changing the lives of young girls forever.
Through the GOTR program WE INSPIRE GIRLS to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum, which creatively integrates running. Volunteer coaches meet twice a week with 3rd-5th or 6-8th grade girls, to encourage them to create lives that reach their full potential. Discussing difficult topics such as bullying, body image, and peer pressure helps the girls form strong bonds of trust and friendship with their coaches and their team members.
Through running games and goal setting, the girls increase their endurance to compete in a special 5K Race at the close of the session. It is an amazing experience to see girls that could not even walk once around a track, crossing the finish line of a 5K arms raised, with smiles that could light up any room. For many it is a real lesson in challenging themselves, and accomplishing goals with hard work and perseverance-all good lessons for life.
There are Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey sites throughout Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset, Ocean and Camden counties, with sites at many schools, recreation centers, and parks. We now serve over 1600 girls, at over 60 sites in those counties.
The spring season starts at the end of March or beginning of April depending on spring break schedules, with culminating 5K races in Fair Haven on June 5th and Somerville on June 19th.
Give your girls an experience of a lifetime that will change their lives forever!
Registration and site information can be found at http://www.gotrcnj.org
Volunteers and Volunteer coaches are still needed in Middlesex, Somerset and Monmouth counties, and there is still time to start up a new site!