For the past 12 weeks or so, Riley and I have been part of an organization called "Girls On The Run".Girls on the Run® is a life-changing, experiential learning programs for girls age eight to thirteen years old. The programs combine training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the programs are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development.
We have had so much fun. We met every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00pm-4:30pm at our elementary school. The girls would have a snack, then a lesson and then we would go outside and warm up and run. So on April 28th was the BIG day for the girls. We ran the Heart and Sole 5k.
There are a total of 15 girls that participated in our school and I believe they all had a wonderful time. To make things a little more fun, one of the teachers got all the girls and the coaches some very fun socks to wear on the day of the race. Those were a big hit with the girls.
Because SO many people were attending the Heart And Sole run, each little girl needed a running buddy. So Riley wanted aunt Merry to be her running buddy. She was SO proud that her aunt wanted to do it with her:)
For Riley's birthday, aunt Merry got her matching earrings. They are running shoes. So they decided to wear them on the day of the race:)
Riley's teacher, Mrs. Herring was at the race too. Her daughter was on the Girls On The Run team too.
The Spring 2012 Girls On The Run Coaches.
Lilli's mom was her running buddy.
Here is a picture of the starting line. There were so many little girls and their running buddies.
Walking to the starting line.
Riley was so excited about the run.
Here is our entire team with all the coaches
SHE DID IT!!
Riley and aunt Merry crossing the finish line together. (I was 2 minutes behind them).
I made it!!!
Riley and her head coach-Miss. Paz.
Some of the girls after the race. Mrs. Watson (our principal) came to support the girls:)
While the girls were running, the boys had to get a picture taken with the Chick Fil A cow.
I was so glad that Riley and I got to do this together. I am hoping we will be able to do it again in the fall.