Girls on the Run Michiana 5K Celebration, Saturday, May 12 at Four Winds Field, South Bend, IN
8th running introduces new course, new presenting sponsor and new program reach
If you love to run, if you love to walk, if you like a high-decibel, masterfully colorful celebration of fitnessand first 5K achievement, the Girls on the Run 5K Celebration will hand it to you on a silver (and pink) platter.
What a treat that the public is invited to be amidst the magic for 3.1 miles, as nearly 900 3rd– 5th grade girls from around St. Joseph, Elkhart—and new this year, Fulton— counties come together after 10 weeks of training, growing as women and impacting their communities to run for the love of it.
This year, GOTR Michiana is making a move to Four Winds Field in South Bend. The non-timed course travels out and back through the downtown area where spectators can cheer for participants along the course.
“We are looking forward to introducing the new route,” said Courtney Jorgensen, Community Engagement Coordinator for Girls on the Run Michiana. “This new 5K course reflects our ongoing effort to provide the safest possible course for the girls.”
“Another addition this year is the generous support of The South Bend Clinic as our presenting sponsor,” Courtney said. With the Clinic’s support and both long-time and new corporate sponsors, along with 232 coaches and over 200 course and community volunteers, Girls on the Run has been able to strengthen every year since its first program in 2011 that hosted one program from Swanson Elementary school in South Bend.
If you’re not up for a run, know that Girls on the Run volunteers are some of the most appreciated out there, and the get-back of feel-good vibes can’t be beat for starting a Saturday morning. Individual and group volunteer opportunities are still available and welcome! Head to the GOTRM5K.org website to register or for more information.
Each season, Girls on the Run curriculum seeks to give participating girls a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them, the value of teamwork and healthy relationships and how they can have a positive impact on the world. Physical activity is woven into the program to inspire an appreciation for fitness and healthy habits and teach life skills including treating others with care, practicing gratitude and managing emotions.