This weekend topic at the LA Roadrunners (our official training program) is Women and Running. A guest speaking will be talking about important running issues as they relate to women. Well that got me thinking about one of our Official Charities. Girls on the Run!
Their mission is to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living..
Girls on the Run of Los Angeles County is a lot more than a running program. They are fitness and health for mind, body and life. Girls on the Run of Los Angeles County is a life-changing, learning program for girls age eight to fourteen years old. The program combines training for a 3.1 mile run/walk event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the programs are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development.
The Girls on the Run objective is to reduce the potential display of at-risk activities among its participants. The goal is fewer adolescent pregnancies and eating disorders, less depression and suicide attempts, as well as fewer substance/alcohol abuse problems and confrontations with the juvenile justice system.
Amy, age 10, recently won a national essay contest with her answer to the question: “How has Girls on the Run helped you to be more fearless?” Here’s her response
Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, I learned to get through the tornadoes in my life with the help of Girls on the Run. At GOTR they give you a yellow brick road to fearlessness. In this version I am from Pasadena, not Kansas, and I don’t have a dog, but I have friends. We are all trying to reach the Emerald City where our coaches work hard to make our trip easy. For example, there is a scarecrow in my life. She has been through a lot this past week. I have to be strong and fearless for her. I learned, at GOTR, to listen to my inner voice and stand up for myself and others. I helped the scarecrow down from a pole of sadness and uncertainty, but I wouldn’t be able to say this without GOTR. There is also a tinman. A person without a heart. She is the one who has kept the scarecrow on her pole this whole time. But in this story the scarecrow and I didn’t bother to take her with us. With the strength I have gotten from GOTR, I don’t need a wizard to get me home, and I don’t need ruby slippers when I have running shoes.
Join the first-ever GOTRLA team to run or walk the marathon and raise money to help make GOTR available to girls in Los Angeles.
Contact Info: Girls on the Run Los Angeles – Christine Harmes Christine@gotrlosangeles.org