Sweet Briar College will host the Girls on the Run of Central Virginia Fall 2012 Celebration 5K at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.
A non-competitive ‘fun run,’ this race is the culmination of the region’s Girls on the Run fall 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. Anyone wishing to run along must register online. Registration is $25 until Nov. 14. Beginning Nov. 15, the registration fee will be $35. Pets or strollers are not permitted. For more information, visit girlsontherunva.org or call (434) 607-2024.
The Lynchburg-based Girls on the Run council has already held two races at Sweet Briar since the two women’s organizations announced a partnership in August 2011 — one in the fall of 2011 and one this past spring. As in May, 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 more than 515 registered girls as they tackle the challenging 5K course.