Girls on the Run of Columbia (GOTR) will be hosting its end-of-season 5K this Saturday, November 18 at Strictly Running in Columbia.

GOTR’s mission is to inspire local youth to be healthy, happy, and confident. The event is meant to give program participants of all abilities a sense of accomplishment.

Everyone in the program receives a commemorative medal and t-shirt.

The event will be attended by hundreds of GOTR program participants from schools across Richland, Lexington, Sumter and Kershaw counties along with a running buddy for each girl and supporters from throughout the Midlands.

This event is open to the public and participants can walk, run, push, or roll safely and at their own happy pace. On-site registration will be available from 7 – 8:15 am on the day of the event. Volunteers are also welcome to serve in various capacities on the day of the event.

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Girls on the Run is a physical-activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that prepares 3rd to 8th grade girls for a 5k event and helps them develop life skills. Volunteer-led teams meet twice a week throughout the season and participate in lessons that foster the girls’ confidence, help them build connections with peers and improve their communication skills, and encourage meaningful contributions to their community through a service project. The celebratory 5k is a non-competitive event that provides girls of all abilities with a goal to work toward during the season.


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