Girls on the Run 5K set for Saturday

Contributed To The Press • Dec 4, 2015 at 11:57 AM

This Saturday, Girls on the Run of Northeast Tennessee will host its largest fall 5K race.

The organization is expecting more than 1,000 participants, including over 550 girls from all over Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The race is an inspiring gathering of friends, family and community and concludes the Fall 2015 Girls on the Run season. Completing the 5K gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The results – making the seemly impossible, possible.

The race is Saturday, December 5th at 9:00 a.m. and starts and finishes at East Tennessee State University’s Thomas Stadium, 1118 University Parkway, Johnson City, TN.

“We’ve added a school challenge this year. The top two schools with the most 5K participants (as a percentage of total enrolled students) will be awarded $1,000. We’re hoping this motivates the community and schools to come out, have fun and be active together. We also have a component to get families active together, a family registration discount of $15 off three or more registrants from the same household.” said Ashley Merrill, marketing manager for Girls on the Run of Northeast Tennessee.

Volunteers are welcome to participate in helping with the race, and anyone can register for the race. All registered participants will receive a race shirt.

“If you haven’t experienced a Girls on the Run 5K, you really need to come out and see it for yourself! You’ll see over 550 girls achieving something they’ve been working on for 12 weeks. You’ll see joy on the face of every girl who crosses the finish line with a memory of accomplishment she’ll have for a lifetime. You’ll see groups of girls holding hands, encouraging each other across the finish line. You’ll see people cheering, hugging, high-fiving. It’s such an inspiring, uplifting event.” said Ashley Merrill

The mission of Girls on the Run is to unleash confidence and find ways to involve girls in healthy lifestyles. Girls on the Run of Northeast Tennessee was founded in 2006 with a team of 15 girls. There are 39 teams this season and over 1,200 girls who participate in the program each year. For the 5K race, girls work up endurance during their 12-week, 24-lesson season.

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