Sweet Briar College will host the Girls on the Run of Central Virginia Spring 2013 Celebration 5K at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4.
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.
Saturday’s event will also include runners from the spring 2006 team, said Central Virginia council director, Mary Hansen. The girls, who are now graduating high school or entering their senior year, will assist with the opening ceremony, and eight of them will participate in the race.
“We thought it would be fun to introduce them to the younger girls,” Hansen said.
Among them are Girls on the Run junior coaches Meghann Hansen, for the R.S. Payne Elementary School team, and Jessica Winters, who is in charge of Madison Heights.
The Lynchburg-based Girls on the Run council has already held three races at Sweet Briar since the two women’s organizations announced a partnership in August 2011 — one in the fall of 2011, one last spring and a third race this past fall. 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 280 registered girls as they tackle the challenging 5K course.
For more information, visit girlsontherunva.org or call (434) 607-2024.