400 take part in Girls on the Run season-end event

Girl Power was on full display at the recent Girls on the Run Sunrise Side Celebration 5K.

A big congratulations went out to the approximately 400 girls, coaches, running buddies and community members who ran 3.1 miles, starting at Lakeside Park in Rogers City along the Huron Sunrise Trail.

The weather was beautiful and the excitement was electric. With determination and anticipation, the girls met up with their coaches and teammates.

Each of these girls spent 10 weeks working together, building cooperation and compassion for themselves and others as they prepared for the run. They also learned to develop competence and confidence to accept what is different and unique about themselves.

A total of 170 girls representing 12 different schools from Alcona, Cheboygan and Presque Isle counties came to the run. They were able to see at the run that they were part of a much larger community of girls all making the same choice to be a Girl on the Run and a girl who stands up for herself and her friends, who uses words to share feelings and who has the tools to express compassion and care for those in her community.

For most of the girls, this was the longest distance they had ever run. When they crossed the finish line and grabbed their medals, the pride and joy displayed was heartwarming.

“I didn’t think I could do it, but Girls on the Run made me believe I could and I did it,” said one fourth grader at Wilson Elementary School.

The success of the 5K would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the volunteer coaches. They are the core of the program and the essence of what makes the program unique.

Girls on the Run partners with Bay Athletic Club, District Health Dept. #4 and Zonta Club of Alpena Tri-County Area. Those involved look forward to the spring 2015 season.