Young girls and their mentors run for empowerment with annual ‘Girls on the Run’ 5k

About 600 girls gathered with coaches, mentors and family members to compete in the annual “Girls on the Run” 5K in Brunswick on Sunday. It was the first time the event was held in person since 2019. The race was an opportunity for the girls in the program to celebrate their accomplishments. “If we didn’t have this culminating event this season, they wouldn’t have really understood what they can achieve; and now, crossing that finish line, they can really see what their potential is,” said Emily Clark, Executive Director of Girls on the Run (GOTR) Maine. GOTR seeks to empower young girls through physical activity. They use running as a tool to inspire confidence in girls from an early age, teaching skills in leadership through sport and giving girls a sense of ownership of their abilities.”It makes me powerful and happy,” said 8-year-old runner Lula Bennett.Coaches say the program teaches the skills of girls on and off the track. everyone sets their own pace and achieves their own goals, which isn’t just about running, it’s about life,” said GOTR running coach Alyssa Goodwin . The event also raised funds for the GOTR Scholarship Fund which provides financial assistance to approximately 20% of girls who participate in the program, making it accessible to girls from all economic backgrounds in the state.

About 600 girls gathered with coaches, mentors and family members to compete in the annual “Girls on the Run” 5K in Brunswick on Sunday. It was the first time the event had been held in person since 2019.

The run was an opportunity for the girls in the program to celebrate their accomplishments.

“If we didn’t have this culminating event this season, they wouldn’t really have a sense of what they can accomplish; and now, crossing that finish line, they can really see what their potential is,” said Emily Clark, Executive Director of Girls on the Run (GOTR) Maine.

GOTR seeks to empower young girls through physical activity. They use running as a tool to instill confidence in girls from an early age, teaching leadership skills through sport and giving girls a sense of ownership of their abilities.

“It makes me powerful and happy,” said 8-year-old runner Lula Bennett.

Coaches say the program teaches girls skills on and off the track.

“At Girls on the Run, we say forward is pace for everyone to set their own pace and achieve their own goals, which isn’t just running, it’s life,” said Alyssa. Goodwin, coach of GOTR.

The event also raised funds for the GOTR Scholarship Fund which provides financial assistance to approximately 20% of girls who participate in the program, making it accessible to girls from all economic backgrounds in the state.

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