Here at Girls on the Run, completing a 5k is the culminating experience of our transformational program. This special event celebrates each girl, the relationships she has formed with her teammates and coaches, and the essential life skills she has gained that will help her navigate her world with confidence and joy.
We hear incredible stories from parents experiencing a Girls on the Run 5k for the first time—whether it be as a running buddy, volunteer, or spectator. One parent shared this story from her first Girls on the Run 5k with her daughter: “Four girls interlaced hands and began running. I mean they just spontaneously knitted themselves together.
I thought this would last until the crowd broke but yet, they held on. Those girls remained connected. Occasionally, when they had to pass someone they would yell “BREAK!” Two girls would go one way and two would go the other and then they’d re-link. About a mile up the course, we ran into my daughter’s teacher who was running with her daughter. The girls extended their collective hands and without uttering a word said “come on…together is better.” Those girls finished that whole race hand in hand. I think what I loved most is I didn’t know any of the other girls. None of them were my daughter’s ‘besties.’ These were 5 girls in a common group, doing a common thing with a common goal in mind. But there was nothing common about what they did.”
Indeed, together is better. Together, we can inspire girls to recognize their inner strength. Together, we can empower girls to make a positive difference in their communities—and the world. Together—by giving to Girls on the Run of the Wood River Valley today —we can make an immediate difference in the lives of the girls we serve.
Mary Fauth, Executive Director
Girls on the Run of the Wood River Valley
P.S. – Did you know that a gift of only $10/month will fund a girl’s participation in our program for one season? You can give the gift of joy by making a monthly gift to Girls on the Run!