Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio (GOTRNEO) recently hosted its 20th semi-annual 5K event at Mayfield High School. Nearly 800 girls from five Northeast Ohio counties, joined by coaches, family, friends and community members, participated in this celebratory race that culminated a 10-week session aimed at empowering young girls to realize their limitless potential while improving emotional and physical health.
This fall’s 5K theme was Dream Big. Female role models from the community shared their stories and passions and inspired the girls to dream big for their futures. Robyn Cutler, executive director for Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio, said, “It’s important for the girls to have role models to look up to, and not just celebrities. These women are doctors, firefighters, everyday people who are leaders in our community. It was so valuable for the girls to have the opportunity to meet and learn from them.”
Christine Amer Mayer, president of the GAR Foundation, stated that she was “grateful to have played a role in the inspiring (if FREEZING!) Girls on the Run event …, A whole lot of hopeful, open, beautiful little faces asking me what I do and telling me what they want to do. (Spoiler alert: animals, your health will be very well managed!! A lot of vets coming through). Thanks for including me!”
GOTRNEO, founded in 2007, is a curriculum-based program that focuses on improving the confidence of young girls while preparing them for a 5k event. Through activities such as running, games and discussions about issues important to pre-teens, participants learn how to celebrate being girls. They are empowered with a greater self-awareness, a sense of achievement and a foundation in team-building to help them become strong, confident young women.
GOTRNEO will return for the spring season with registration opening Feb. 20. The spring season will begin March 6. To learn more about GOTRNEO visit www.gotrNEO.org.