Girls on the Run Michiana Celebrates 5th Anniversary with 5K
South Bend, Ind. – On Saturday, May 16, 2015 over 1,000 Girls on the Run participants, coaches, families, and the community at large turned Potawatomi Park into celebration central for the 5th Annual Girls on the Run 5K. Celebration Event. The 2015 5K marks the final event celebrating the Michiana Chapter’s 5 year anniversary and the conclusion of the GOTR season. The race begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. and ends when the last runner crosses the finish line.
“I look forward to this event every year,” says Amy Cooper-Collier, Executive Director of the Council. “There is so much excitement from the girls and I’ll never get tired of seeing the pride on their faces with they cross that finish line.” Collier, the founder of the Michiana Chapter, has been the driving force behind the growth of the organization in St. Joseph and Elkhart County. But she’ll be quick to tell you, it’s not without help. “I cannot say ‘Thank you’ enough to our sponsors, partners, coaches, volunteers, and dedicated staff,” Collier adds, “But it is the girls who inspire us all. They are the heroes here.”
Girls on the Run - Michiana is a transformational learning program for girls in 3rd – 5th grade that teaches life skills through interactive, conversation-based lessons and running games. Teams of girls at 29 schools in both Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties participate in 20 after-school lessons with trained volunteer coaches. Through physical and mental preparation for the 5K, girls learn first-hand about setting and achieving personal goals.
Through Girls on the Run, participating girls solidify the “confidence armor” needed to successfully navigate adolescence. Throughout the course of the program the girls learn and practice skills related to self-esteem, peer pressure, bullying, healthy body image, gossip, and team building.
For more information about the Michiana Chapter of Girls on the Run visit www.girlsontherunmichiana.org.
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