Streetsboro – Girls On The Run (GOTR), a national non-profit, after-school organization dedicated to helping girls strengthen not just their bodies, but also their characters, is holding a 5k marathon Sunday, November 11th at Blossom Music Center. The gates open at 8 a.m.
GOTR focuses on helping girls in third through eighth grade, and girls in high school who wish to participate can join Girls On Track (GOT). Beyond teaching the girls how to become stronger runners, coaches provide health living education, life skills development and mentoring relationships. GOTR helps young women build up their self-esteem and confidence through improved emotional and physical health.
Participating in the marathon is the new GOTR site at Streetsboro’s Henry Defer Intermediate School. According to Robyn Cutler, the Council Director at GOTR of Greater Summit, the new site is doing extremely well, and Cutler looks forward to expanding again. “We are always looking to expand and serve additional girls. The program is free to a site. The site needs to provide 3 volunteers and safe running space.” Volunteers, according to Cutler, do not need to be runners, and they are required to attend a one-day training session.
The upcoming marathon is not a timed race and is open for anyone who wishes to participate. There is a pre-registration fee of $15 for runners 14 years old and younger and $20 for those 15 years old and older. Race day registration fees are $20 and $25, respectively. All runners will receive a medal. Surplus revenue from the registration fees, according to Cutler, “go right back to the program and are used to support girls who could otherwise not afford to participate. We never turn a child away.”
Additional information can be obtained at www.gotrgreatersummit.org.