As the mother of a baby girl and as a woman who has struggled all her life with weight and body image, I’ve got lots of concerns. My wish for her is to have the courage to spend less time worrying about whether her peers like her and more time spent loving herself. With organizations like Girls on the Run, I certainly have help and hope.
Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization that educates and prepares young girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. By empowering girls at an early age, they can help to prevent the display of at-risk activities in the future including substance abuse, eating disorders, sedentary lifestyle and a host of other issues that make all parents cringe. Girls on the Run offers after-school programs for girls from 3rd to 8th grade that teach life skills though group processing, running games and workouts. At the end of each season’s conclusion, the girls complete a 5K running event as a group.
Girls on the Run-Chicago, which also serves Lake County, is hosting The New Balance Girls on the Run Chicago 5K on Saturday, November 12th at 9:00 am at Toyota Park, 7000 S. Harlem in Bridgeview. It will also include a Lil’ Sparks Sprints event for kids 7 and under and consists of distances from 20 yards for 2 year olds up to 50 yards for 5-7 year olds. No awards are given because everyone crossing the finish line is a winner. Sometimes a sense of accomplishment is the only award necessary. Afterwards, food, music, games and giveaways will be available.
Registration for adults over 15 is $35, youth 14 and under is $22, and 7 and under is $15. Girls who have completed the fall program are already registered. All proceeds from the event go to Girls on the Run-Chicago and the Chicago Fire Foundation.
So why not register today and make this a family affair? Run with your daughter today, and she just may fly tomorrow.
Do you have a daughter in the GOTR program?
Give her a shout-out in the comments below. Girl power!