Registration for the 10-week after-school Girls on the Run program at Black Mountain Elementary and Black Mountain Primary runs through Sept. 14.
Girls on the Run is a nonprofit, physical activity-based positive youth development program for third- to eighth-grade girls. Meeting in small teams of eight to 20 girls, trained volunteer coaches deliver the 20-lesson curriculum that creatively integrates running, while teaching fun lessons that address all aspects of a girl’s development including self-esteem and self-expression, intentional decision-making, goal-setting, teamwork and communication skills.
“Girls of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at Girls on the Run, and no girl is turned away for her family’s inability to pay the registration fee," said Amy Renigar, Girls on the Run of WNC executive director. "A core component of the curriculum is giving girls a sense of belonging while celebrating their differences. It is essential that every girl knows she has a place at Girls on the Run."
Black Mountain Elementary and Black Mountain Primary are offering the program on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:45-4:15 p.m. Registration is available at gotrwnc.org and determined by lottery to ensure families with limited access to the internet have an equal chance for their girls to participate. Families without internet may call 828-713-3132 to get registered.
The GOTR of WNC fall session begins the week of Sept. 18 and runs through the week of Nov. 27, with the end-of-session celebratory 5K (3.1 mile) event on Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Asheville Outlets. The program is offered in 14 WNC counties every spring and fall.
To learn more, call 828-713-3132.