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Girls On The Run About More Than Running



These girls were members of the Archbold Elementary School Girls on the Run team for the 2018-19 school year. The Girls on the Run program uses running to teach valuable lessons about life. Front row, from left: Lilly Cox, Molly Rutledge, Brie Grime, Mariah Mireles, Eliza Bacik, Ella Yoder and Cagnee Grime. Back row: Autumn Nafziger, Bella Miller, Natalie Schmucker, Anna Krueger, Reagan Wendt, and Lucy Cox.– courtesy photo

These girls were members of the Archbold Elementary School Girls on the Run team for the 2018-19 school year. The Girls on the Run program uses running to teach valuable lessons about life. Front row, from left: Lilly Cox, Molly Rutledge, Brie Grime, Mariah Mireles, Eliza Bacik, Ella Yoder and Cagnee Grime. Back row: Autumn Nafziger, Bella Miller, Natalie Schmucker, Anna Krueger, Reagan Wendt, and Lucy Cox.– courtesy photo

Twice a year, in the fall and spring, girls in third through fifth grades at Archbold are offered the opportunity to join Girls on the Run.

While, yes, they run as part of the program, Girls on the Run is way more than a running club.

“It’s a 12-week program where they meet twice a week, and there’s a whole curriculum where they do some kind of lesson,” said Kristin Shields, coach.

“The activities that go along with it incorporate running, but it’s not just running.”

Topics covered include things like self-esteem, peer relationships, and positive self-image.

The Girls on the Run website states, “Physical activity is woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health.”

At the end of the 12 weeks, they end with a celebratory 5K run.

This year, the spring run was held Saturday, May 18, at the University of Toledo with more than 1,800 runners from acrosss Northwest Ohio.

“Other people can be in the race, too, but every girl that runs is with a running buddy,” Shields said.

“They’re paired up with an adult. It could be someone they’re related to; it could be a friend. If they don’t have anyone, Girls on the Run will match them with someone for the 5K.

“Really, the program is about confidence, peer relations, dealing with different things that girls that age would be encountering, whether it’s having a hard time with friendships or finding what you’re good at.”

The Archbold team is in its fourth year and consists of 13 girls. One, Eliza Bacik, has participated in Girls on the Run all eight sessions available thus far.

So far, only Archbold, Fayette, and Swanton have represented Fulton County with teams.

“We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams,” the website said.