The Girls on The Run program is off to a fast start after returning to Marion Elementary School this spring.
Fifteen girls in grades 3-6 began the 10-week program in mid-March and are gearing up for a 5K run/walk at Monroe Community College on Sunday, June 5.
“It’s been working well,” said Stephanie Wheeler, a special education teacher at MES who is leading the program. “The goal is for the girls to build empowerment through physical activitiy. They also are learning how to make friends, how to take care of themselves and other healthy habits.”
Many of the participants had very little experience running when they started, but that has not slowed them down.
“I like that I can run with my friends,” said fourth-grader Skye Ernst, who credits her mom with getting her started. “It’s not competitive, it’s just fun.”
“I really feel good when I do it,” said fifth-grader Claire Robinson. “Every week we have lap goals and we usually achieve them. My favorite part has been making new friends.”
Other participants include: Yelaina Buckles, Makenzi Durfey, Emily Gonzalez, Amber Hand, Jean Moore, Alexa Phamisith, Payton Phelps, Charlotte Phelps, Destiny Quinn, Serenity Quinn, Trinity Quinn, Bristol Tack and Mahalya Whitcomb.
Wheeler is assisted by fellow MES staffers Jody Phelps and Kate Robinson.
The group even held a practice 5K on May 24 to get them ready for the big day at MCC.
”They are really motivated to do well in their 5K,” Wheeler said.