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Girls on the Run 5k – Inspiring little ladies to live their best lives

I work with an organization called Girls on the Run.

Their goal is to inspire girls to be happy, healthy and confident by using a fun, engaging curriculum that integrates running. The program teaches girls life skills that focuses on understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork, and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large. The lessons aim to empower girls to be strong, compassionate and fearless in pursuing their dreams. Each season culminates in an exciting 5k race.

Today was race day for the girls!

I’m with the GOTR Montgomery County council (there are over 200 councils in the country, serving over a million girls!).

The GOTR MoCo 5k takes place at Westfield Montgomery, with the start and finish in the parking lot near Sears. The course goes around the mall and the business park.

I live in the area and my runs often include part of that route, so I know firsthand about the healthy hill in the middle of the first mile that can leave one huffing and puffing a bit. There are some days where my legs won’t even make it running up that hill and I end up walking it, or turning around.

The girls conquered that hill today, as well as the rest of the course.

Almost 5,000 participants — GOTR girls, with their family members, friends, and buddy runners — crossed the finish line today!

A big congratulations to all of them! Below are some photos from today’s event.

“We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.”  — Girls on the Run

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