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Girls on Track Race to the Finish

Posted January 4th, 2011 by staff

Girls on Track, a running and personal development program for 6th-8th grade girls, is part of a national program, Girls on the Run, that is delivered by KidSpirit in the College of Health & Human Science at Oregon State University.  The mission of the program is “to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.”

Participants train with college student coaches and mentors over several months in order to run a 5K (3.1 miles), as well as take part in a self-confidence boosting curriculum on healthy lifestyle choices.  The final race pairs each novice runner with a Running Buddy who provides encouragement and support.

The Girls on Track program concluded a successful fall season with a final race held on November 21st.  Over 25 runners participated, each with a Running Buddy, and were treated to complimentary post-race massages by sponsor Heresco Chiropractic.  The winter and spring seasons of Girls on the Run and Girls on Track start soon – what better way to start the New Year off right!

3 Responses to “Girls on Track Race to the Finish”

  1. Ana Says:

    Great initiative. I’m starting to see these kind of events here in Romania also.

  2. Drew Says:

    GREAT program! My wife is working with a similar program here in Longmont, CO. We went to school in Oregon and her sister was involved while we lived there. Looking forward to another terrific year. Keep up the good work!

    Dr. Drew Illman

  3. Josh Says:

    This is very cool – these programs offer so much benefit to both boys and girls – the mentoring/coaching opportunity is something that neither the young ones or the college students ever forget. Very impactful, important stuff!

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