Girls on the Run Fall 5K moves to Concord

CONCORD – Hundreds of girls will descend on Memorial Field at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, for the 13th annual Girls on the Run Fall 5K Celebration.

The move to centrally located Concord is in response to the rapid growth of the Girls on the Run program, with teams now reaching all areas of the state.

In New Hampshire, this is the largest fall season to date, with a 31 percent jump in program registration. In fall 2012, 330 girls participated in the program. This fall, 435 girls are part of 31 teams in schools around the state.

Volunteers are needed to provide assistance with event day logistics, registration, water stops, course assistance and more. The event will need more than 100 volunteers, and all ages are welcome.

Girls on the Run is a youth development program that combines an interactive curriculum and running to address the physical, emotional, mental and social well-being of preteen girls. Lessons provide girls with the tools to make positive decisions and to avoid risky adolescent behaviors.

The participants, who work with volunteer coaches for 10 weeks, train for a 5K as part of the program. The November 5K celebration is the culmination of the program, and is open to the public.

Funds raised at the 5K will support the growth of New Hampshire teams, as well as provide scholarships to any girl needing financial assistance.

To register, visit To volunteer, email Betsy Cissel at betsy.