Volunteer for the ‘Girls on the Run’ Annual 5K!

by Jessica Gregory

If you’re looking for something to do next Saturday, December 7th, strongly consider volunteering for the Girls on the Run NYC 5K Fun Run!

Go out and support young girls this Saturday!

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a program which, to quote the program’s wonderful directors, “inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” I did the Girls on the Run program when I was in Elementary School and, in my experience, it changed me for the better. Not only did GOTR push me to pursue track & field as a sport in Middle and High school, the program set me on the path to come to Barnard as well.

The 5k is not about competition. Instead, it is an opportunity for the girls in the program to feel a sense of accomplishment. Girls are encouraged to walk, run, or even cartwheel across the finish line. The 5k culminates an entire season full of learning, empowerment, and health, and GOTR NYC would love to have more people join in the celebration.

The event will be on Randall’s Island. Girls on the Run will provide transportation from 125th and Lexington Ave to the 5K at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island. Buses will begin running at 9:45AM on December 7th. Please look for volunteers with signs to direct you on 5K morning.

Volunteer positions:

Running Buddies: Who run/walk with the girls, cheering them on throughout the Fun Run.
General Volunteers: Who help with medal distribution, check-in, and cheering along the course
General Runners: Who run the entire 5k and cheer as they go.

Sign up right away, and come out to celebrate and empower the Girls on the Run!

Visit the website or e-mail Daniella.Phillipson@girlsontherun.org for more information.

Jessica Gregory is a sophomore at Barnard and a staff writer for The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Image courtesy of gotrmc.org

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