Sign up for Girls On The Run
Friday, February 15, 2013
Two sessions of fun and physicality for Bedford girls in grades 3-5 are fast approaching. Online registration for this year’s Girls on the Run program began Feb. 12.
The Girls on the Run program combines fitness training and education focused on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. There is a goal of running a distance of 3.1 miles, a 5K run. Other activities promote the building of self-confidence. Registration can be made online at girlsontherunnh.org.
The GOTR of New Hampshire, headquartered in Exeter, is a part of GOTR International. The nonprofit organization has 208 councils, similar to New Hampshire’s, in 47 states. The GOTR International organization, based in Charlotte, N.C., was founded in 1996 by Molly Barker, a four-time Hawaii Ironman triathlete, who aimed to empower young girls through exercise, running and promoting confidence, healthy living and self-awareness.
Organization statistics from GOTR record service in 2012 to 120,574 girls, with the help of 52,254 volunteers.
Sign-ups for GOTR’s two upcoming sessions in Bedford are expected to draw 30 girls. There is a fee of $129 per girl. The sessions will be held at McKelvie Intermediate School, 108 Liberty Hill Road, and Higgins Track. Bedford Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor the program by providing access to the track. Fees go directly to GOTR.
The GOTR’s Spring Session in Bedford is comprised of two programs. The Spring Session Team B takes place 3:30-4:45 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, March 20-June 5. The Spring Session Team A meets 3:30-4:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 26-June 6.
The instructor for Team A is Bedford’s Judy Kollmorgen. Fellow Bedford resident Lisa Nash will instruct Team B. Both are fitness-minded women who enjoy helping young people achieve fitness goals and personal growth, they said.
Kollmorgen is an avid runner who has participated in many regional road races. Her daughter, Lily, was a participant in last year’s program. Lily plans to join this year. Kollmorgen said she and a frequent running partner, Tammy Harrison, came up with the idea to bring an enrichment program based on running to girls in Bedford.
The pair researched various options, searched the Internet and discovered the GOTR program. Kollmorgen said she and Harrison “got the ball rolling” with last year’s debut.
She said, “it’s about building a community of strong girls.”
“It’s a program that inspires health and confidence in girls, through running,” Kollmorgen said. “It’s designed to inspire girls to be healthy and joyful. We do that through running.”
According to its website, GOTR provides participants a valuable avenue to recognize the strength and beauty of their bodies. The program is said to help girls to “honor their voices, recognize their gifts and activate their personal power.”
The initial GOTR program in Bedford was enjoyed by students from McKelvie Intermediate School, Memorial Elementary School and Riddle Brook Elementary School.
The previous program’s participants included third-graders Marissa Johnson, Marlee Gallin and Lindsay Butts. A number of fourth-graders, including Molly Stevenson and Elle Armstead took to the track. Fifth graders Katherine Violette, Gabby DeAngelis, Hanna Cronin and Annie Carr picked up the pace. The 5K race was a fine grand finale to the program.
Each of the girls in the 5K race wore a race bib with a number. For all of them, the number was “Number One.”
To register for GOTR New Hampshire’s two-session event at McKelvie Intermediate School and Higgins Track, visit www.girlsontherunnh.org.