CONCORD — Girls on the Run New Hampshire will host two end-of-season 5k events this spring on June 1st in Portsmouth and on June 8th in Concord. The spring events will include a total of 1845 girls and 425 coaches representing 125 teams from across the state of New Hampshire. Additionally, over 1,000 family and community members will join in each 5K celebration!
The New Hampshire community is invited to run, walk or volunteer for both of the events. One hundred and fifty volunteers are needed to ensure safe celebrations for all of the girls. Visit www.girlsontherunnh.org/5Ks for details.
The 5k is a non-competitive event that concludes the 10-week program, with all participants either walking or running the 3.1 mile course. This event gives the program girls a tangible sense of accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals.
Girls on the Run is a physical activity based, positive youth development program that prepares 3rd to 8th grade girls for a 5k event along with helping them develop key life skills. The program takes place in all 50 states and has inspired over a million girls to recognize their limitless potential in the past 21 years.
Volunteer coach-led teams meet twice a week throughout the season and participate in lessons that prepare the girls for a 5k event, foster the girls’ confidence, help them build connections with their peers and encourage meaningful contribution to their community through a service project.
The true success of the program, however, is not told in the numbers, but rather in the words of the girls who participate: “Girls on the Run made me realize that I am the boss of my brain.” “I know that whatever I set my mind to do, I can do.” “At Girls on the Run I learned how to be comfortable in my own skin!”
The 5k is GOTR-NH’s biggest fundraiser of the year! Proceeds go toward the financial aid fund, giving equitable access for all girls to have the opportunity to participate in the program. This season, over $50,000 in financial assistance was issued to 25% of the spring 2019 participants.
Girls on the Run hosts the largest 5k series in the United States by number of events with over 360 events across the country every year. Join in the fun and pre-register for $25.00 as prices do go up on the day of the celebration!
The Portsmouth event will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Sat., June 1 at Medtronic in the Pease Tradeport, 180 International Drive, Portsmouth. The Concord event will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Sat., June 8 at Memorial Field, 70 South Fruit Street, Concord. An early arrival time of 8:15 a.m. is suggested to participate in the pre-5k celebration festivities. For more information about the event, how to register and volunteer opportunities, visit www.girlsontherunnh.org/5Ks
For a list of participating teams, please visit www.girlsontherunnh.org/Our-Locations.