A non-competitive ‘fun run,’ this race is the culmination of the region’s Girls on the Run spring program. Central Virginian girls ages 8 to 13 have been training for 10 to 12 weeks in preparation for this event, which recognizes and celebrates their efforts. There will also be seven middle-school-aged Girls on Track teams — the most ever in this age group, according to Central Virginia council director Mary Hansen.
“We are thrilled to be once again on this beautiful campus for the Girls on the Run 5K; the beauty of the course is a fabulous backdrop to highlight the accomplishments of our young runners,” she said. “This truly is a celebratory event for our girls, and we are so grateful for the support of, and our partnership with, Sweet Briar College.”
The Lynchburg-based Girls on the Run council has already held five races at Sweet Briar since the two women’s organizations announced a partnership in August 2011 — one each fall and spring. As in November, the picturesque route will take runners from the old train station through campus and along the Dairy Loop, winding its way past the riding center and through the woods.
Sweet Briar is a proud supporter of Girls on the Run’s mission, which is “to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident” and to “educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.” Girls on the Run also provides opportunities for Sweet Briar students to volunteer, mentor the younger girls and share some of the benefits they’ve experienced in an all-women’s educational environment.
Dozens of volunteers, including Sweet Briar students and employees, will help with course setup, work pre-race activities such as the happy hair table, or serve as running buddies for the 423 registered girls as they tackle the challenging 5K course.
For more information, visit girlsontherunva.org or call (434) 607-2024.
Category: Girls on the Run