Press Release 09.11.12 – Fall Season Off to a Running Start

Girls on the Run of Central Illinois Kicks Off Fall Programs

Girls on the Run of Central Illinois is excited to announce the start of the fall 2012 season. The Girls on the Run program is being offered at 18 schools in Sangamon County and at six other central Illinois sites in Christian, Macon and Morgan counties. More than 350 girls in third through eighth grade are participating this fall in GOTR programs, which inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running.

The fall season runs from September through November. The interactive curriculum covers topics such as self-awareness, building healthy relationships and developing personal strengths. The program lessons also include the completion of a community service project and running practice with the end goal of completing a non-competitive 5k.

Girls on the Run is an international organization that began in 1996 to promote physical, emotional and social development in girls before they reach high school. The goal of the program is to prevent future at-risk behaviors such as adolescent pregnancies, eating disorders, depression, suicide attempts and substance abuse problems. Girls on the Run came to Springfield in 2004 and to-date has served over 2,000 girls in central Illinois.

“We are so excited that communities in central Illinois are embracing and supporting Girls on the Run,” says Jennifer Sublett, executive director of Girls on the Run of Central Illinois. “Our plan is to significantly grow the number of program sites and communities we serve so more girls will have the opportunity to benefit from the important life skills taught by our program.”

The after-school lessons are led by trained female coaches who guide the girls through the 10-week program and help prepare them for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. At the end of the program season, girls and their coaches run or walk a 5k together. The 5k will be held on November 10th at Washington Park in Springfield and is open to the entire community.

To learn more about the program, how to volunteer or to register for the community 5k please visit www.gotrcentralillinois.org. You do not have to be a runner to get involved. Girls on the Run needs program coaches, committee members and 5k volunteers. Please contact us at 217-726-9808 to discuss which role will best fit your skills, talents and schedule.

The following schools are participating in the fall season:
Girls on the Run (3rd-5th grade)
• Auburn Middle School, Auburn
• Ball Charter School, Springfield
• Blessed Sacrament School, Springfield
• Butler Elementary, Springfield
• Cantrall Elementary & Intermediate, Cantrall
• Christ the King Elementary, Springfield
• Eisenhower Elementary, Jacksonville
• Hope Academy, Decatur
• Iles Elementary, Springfield
• Lindsay Elementary, Springfield
• North Elementary, Jacksonville
• Our Saviour School, Jacksonville
• Riverton Elementary, Riverton
• Rochester Elementary, Rochester
• Sandburg Elementary, Springfield
• South Elementary, Jacksonville
• Springfield Christian School, Springfield
• Tri-City Elementary, Buffalo

Girls on Track (6th-8th grade)
• Capital College Preparatory Academy, Springfield
• Franklin Middle School, Springfield
• Jefferson Middle School, Springfield
• Lincoln Magnet School, Springfield
• Taylorville Junior High, Taylorville
• Washington Middle School, Springfield

About Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is an international, non-profit prevention program that prepares girls ages 8-13 to run 3.1 miles and educates them about healthy physical, emotional, and social lifestyles. The program empowers girls at an early age to prevent the display of future at-risk behaviors, giving girls greater self-confidence, a stronger sense of identity, a healthier body image, and a better sense of community. As an international program, Girls on the Run has served more than 300,000 girls since its creation in 1996. Girls on the Run of Central Illinois is an independent council of Girls on the Run International. The program is delivered in the autumn and the spring at both public and private elementary and middle schools in central Illinois.
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