July 1, 2016

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‘Girls on the Run’ builds confidence in Medina, other counties

More than 750 girls will participate in the upcoming Girls on the Run season as part of 57 teams across five counties, including Medina.

The Girls on the Run program is designed to inspire young girls to be joyful, healthy and confident through the discipline of distance running.

“Girls on the Run is about so much more than just running,” said Monica Peritt, operations director for Girls on the Run of Greater Summit. “This program really feeds and builds a child’s confidence armor.

“The girls learn about standing up for themselves, being empowered and staying positive. You see the change in them happen so quickly. It’s amazing.”

Registration is open for the spring season and coaches and volunteers are encouraged to join the Girls on the Run team.

Girls on the Run is open to girls in third through fifth grades. A companion program, Girls on Track, is for girls in sixth through eighth grades.

Girls on the Run and Girls on Track groups meet twice a week for 10 weeks, with a final 5K race for all girls at the end of the program.

Registration is $150 for families earning more than $50,000 annually, but there is a sliding-fee scale based on income. Families earning less than $15,000 pay only $10 for the program.

Program officials emphasize no girl is turned away from participating because of an inability to pay.

For more information or to register or volunteer, visit www.gotrgreatersummit.org.

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