Nearly 40 local participants take part in first Girls on the Run 5K in Redfield

Front row: Tatum Zens, Lily Parisien, Braylee Siebrecht, Raena Rude, Peyton O’Daniel. Second row: Gemma Hansen, Addyson Rice, Octavia Paulsen, Gracie Boothe, Ellie Rhodes, Ainsley Appel. Third row: Heidi Gerhke, Heather Rude, Jonni Blake, Emily Rodgers, Karen Gall, Willow Ronneberg.

Nearly 40 local participants take part in first Girls on the Run 5K in Redfield

By Shiloh Appel

  On Saturday, November 23rd, 10 weeks of hard work culminated in a 5K run and community project for local girls ages 8-13 who took part in the new Girls on the Run program that was brought to Redfield in September.

“We had 13 girls participate in the program this year.  There were eight girls that had perfect attendance!  The girls finished their season with a Community Impact Project, which is a project we worked on our last week of practice and the goal is to leave the world a little brighter than when we started the program.  The girls had to work together to decide what to do for their project.  They collectively decided to make posters with uplifting messages to hang in the hallways of their school.  The girls spent one entire practice making the signs and we hung them the following practice for everyone to enjoy.  The girls used a lot of the tools they learned over their 10 week season and had insightful messages for their fellow students,” said local coordinator of Girls on the Run, Emily Rodgers. “Twelve of the girls were able to participate [in the 5K walk/run] and because we opened it up to the public we were blessed with just under 40 participants!  We had people directly related to the girls but we also got a lot of public participation as well (with two participants all the way from Miller).  Anytime Fitness allowed us to use their facility and Auntie Mimi’s Farmhouse Kitchen provided participants with hot chocolate, donuts and oranges following the race.  We also had 12 volunteers who chose to spend their morning helping the runners get safely through the course.  We are already planning ahead to the 2nd year of Girls on the Run Redfield in the Fall of 2020!”

  Girls on the Run, a popular after-school program across the nation with a mission to “educate and prepare girls, ages 8-13, for a lifetime of self respect and healthy living,” uses a curriculum of “lessons, games, activities and noncompetitive running exercises to teach girls life lessons and build their confidence.” During the course, Redfield area girls met on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4p.m. to 5:15p.m. at the Ken Greeno Building in Redfield and learned about positive thinking, teamwork, empathy, celebrating and sharing their strengths, and connecting with their community.

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