AWARE Girls On The Run 5K event Saturday

    AWARE's Rachel Wintz joined Capital Chat host Sharon Gaiptman Wednesday to discus Girls On The Run.

    Posted Thursday, May 12th, 2016 10:03am by Colt Dylan

    AWARE's Rachel Wintz joined Capital Chat host Sharon Gaiptman Wednesday to discus Girls On The Run. "This Saturday we're having a 5K for Girls On The Run and it will be at Riverbend Elementary School at 10:00 and it's going to be lots and lots of fun."

    Rachel explained Girls On The Run.

    "Basically Girls On The Run is an empowerment program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade and they meet twice a week for 12 weeks and they learn lots of great lessons while they play games and running. They learn about things like identifying their emotions and values, how to interact with other people, how to make friends, and how to deal with peer pressure and bullying. They learn about giving back to the community and do a small community service project. The girls have been working really hard over these 2 weeks and we're going to celebrate all of that this week in a 5K."

    Girls On The Run isn't just for athletes.

    "No, you don't have to be an athlete to be part of Girls On The Run. You can walk, skip, hop, or run as long as you're moving forward."

    Volunteer opportunities are available for anyone interested in learning more or who just wants to get involved:

    "Definitely, we would appreciate any volunteers we can get at the 5K. We start at 10:00AM and have lots of fun with the girls. We have volunteers come in and decorate hair, paint faces, and help girls make signs to cheer on their teammates and just have lots of fun. Then we get out on the course and we need lots of people to cheer on the girls as they're running so it's going to be lots of fun and we definitely need some volunteers to help make that happen."

    There's an equivalent for boys.

    "We heard from the community that they loved Girls On The Run and they wanted something for the boys. AWARE here in Juneau and SAFE, which is the domestic violence agency in Sitka, got together and actually created a curriculum that does some of the same things as Girls On The Run and brings in a lot of Alaska native values to it as well."

    The 5K for Girls On The Run will be at Riverbend Elementary School at 10:00 Saturday morning.

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