Girls on the Run of Berks County 5K set for May 20

The Southern Berks News - - RELIGION - From Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run of Berks County will host its an­nual Spring 5K event at Penn State-Berks Uni­ver­sity on Satur­day, May 20, at 9:30 a.m. It’s open to all run­ners and walk­ers.

Com­mu­nity run­ners and walk­ers are in­vited to join the Girls on the Run 5K at the Penn State Berks cam­pus lo­cated at 1800 Broad­cast­ing Road. This non-com­pet­i­tive 5K fun run/walk is open to com­mu­nity mem­bers of all ages and fit­ness lev­els. At the event, 440 Girls on the Run pro­gram par­tic­i­pants in grades 3–8 from across Berks County will fin­ish their first 5K, af­ter com­plet­ing the 10week Girls on the Run per­sonal de­vel­op­ment pro­gram at their lo­cal school.

This is the big­gest sea­son of all-time for the lo­cal non­profit, which com­pleted its first sea­son lo­cally in the fall of 2013.

Girls on the Run is a phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity-based, pos­i­tive youth de­vel­op­ment pro­gram for girls. Par­tic­i­pants meet af­ter school twice per week in small teams of 10 to 20 girls with their vol­un­teer coaches, com­plet­ing twenty 90-minute ses­sions over a pe­riod of 10 weeks.

The Girls on the Run pro­gram cre­atively in­te­grates run­ning as a method of re­in­forc­ing the prin­ci­ples of goal set­ting, team­work and per­sonal ac­com­plish­ment; and par­tic­i­pants com­plete a 5K event at the end. The cur­ricu­lum cov­ers top­ics such as ac­count­abil­ity and in­ten­tional de­ci­sion-mak­ing, identifying and cur­tail­ing neg­a­tive self­talk, re­sist­ing peer pres­sure and more.

Girls learn to as­sert them­selves in a healthy man­ner, ef­fec­tively man­age their emo­tional re­sponses, and iden­tify ar­eas of chal­lenge and con­fi­dence in their own per­son­al­i­ties. As a non-profit, Girls on the Run offers this unique ex­pe­ri­ence to all girls, re­gard­less of family in­come. Last sea­son, 49% of pro­gram par­tic­i­pants re­ceived fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to par­tic­i­pate.

This spring’s lo­cal school teams in­clude: 10th & Green (2 teams), Amity, An­drew Maier, Birds­boro, Brandy­wine Heights In­ter­me­di­ate, C.E. Cole In­ter­me­di­ate, Corn­wall Ter­race, Glen­side, Gover­nor Mif­flin In­ter­me­di­ate, Green Val­ley (2 teams), Green­wichLe­hartsville, Kutz­town, Mill­mont, Muh­len­berg, North­west Mid­dle, St. Ig­natius Loy­ola, Schuylkill Val­ley (2 teams), Shiloh Hills Spring Ridge, Tilden, Whit­field, Wil­low Creek, Wil­son West Mid­dle and Wy­omiss­ing Hills.

The Girls on the Run 5K will be held for the first time at Penn State Berks, with a host of ac­tiv­i­ties for par­tic­i­pants. The 5K course route is fully-en­closed on the cam­pus, to pro­vide a safe and fun ex­pe­ri­ence for all par­tic­i­pants. Pre-event ac­tiv­i­ties be­gin­ning at 8 a.m. will in­clude live mu­sic from DJ Ben Smith of 5 Star Pro­duc­tions, a free photo booth pro­vided by ROG Orthodon­tics, a free “happy hair” col­ored hair­spray sta­tion pro­vided by Sa­lon Avanti, a free “spirit” sta­tion hosted by Penske Women’s Net­work, plus a host of ac­tiv­i­ties pro­vided by other lo­cal Girls on the Run spon­sors. Girls on the Run of Berks County cor­po­rate spon­sors in­clude The Ju­nior League of Read­ing, Read­ing Health Sys­tem, East Penn Man­u­fac­tur­ing, Penske Truck Leas­ing, Bellco Fed­eral Credit Union, Berks Elite Train­ing, Body Zone Sports and Well­ness Com­plex, Read­ing Pe­di­atrics, RKL LLP and ROG Orthodon­tics.

Online reg­is­tra­tion is open at www.gotr­berks.org through May 17 and in­per­son reg­is­tra­tion will be con­ducted at the event be­gin­ning at 8 a.m. The reg­is­tra­tion fee is $28, and all pro­ceeds from reg­is­tra­tion fees di­rectly ben­e­fit Girls on the Run of Berks County.

This year, pa­trons are in­vited to bring their new and gen­tly used shoes of all types (run­ning shoes, san­dals, cleats, kids shoes and more) to the 5K in or­der to help raise funds for Girls on the Run pro­gram schol­ar­ships. Girls on the Run of Berks County will earn funds based on the to­tal weight of the shoes col­lected, which will be pur­chased by charity af­fil­i­ate Fund­s2Orgs. Shoes can also be brought any­time through the end of May to The Gog­gleWorks, 201 Wash­ing­ton Ave in Read­ing.

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