Registration open for Craig athletes to join Girls on the Run
The season is on the starting blocks for a popular and empowering youth athletic program.
Registration is open from Aug. 20 to Sept. 2 for Girls on the Run of Western Colorado, aimed at girls in grades three through five, as well as the middle school program Heart & Sole for grades six through eight.
The after-school program begins Sept. 4 with teams at Craig’s three elementary schools — Ridgeview, Sandrock and Sunset — as well as Craig Middle School. Over 10 weeks, girls meet twice a week with trained volunteer coaches, with activities including running games and discussions on topics such as making healthy decisions, body image and the media, cooperation and team-building, and contributing to the community.
GOTR is aimed at inspiring girls “to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one-of-a-kind,” according to the organization’s mission statement.
“We believe every girl is inherently full of power and potential. By knowing they are the leaders of their lives, these are the girls who will change the world,” states the GOTR website.
The program first began in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1996 and has been part of the Western Slope since 2000. Many former students who were part of the program have since gone on to compete in high school-level cross country, track and field and other sports.
The program includes a $55 registration fee, and $10 scholarships are available to families in financial need, no questions asked. Coaches utilize school facilities as safe and convenient practice spaces, and those who home-school are welcome to join any location.
Craig runners will finish the 10-week season with a 5K race Nov. 10 in Steamboat Springs along with other Northwest Colorado athletes.