GOTR Director Mary Fauth with past program participants Vanessa Martinez, Josie Zamora, Sienna Miley and Michelle Casas giving younger 5k participants an energy award!

GOTR Director Mary Fauth with past program participants Vanessa Martinez, Josie Zamora, Sienna Miley and Michelle Casas giving younger 5k participants an energy award!

Working with the open hearted volunteers that come to Girls on the Run is rewarding in it’s own sense.  Watching them learn about the depth of relationship they are about to embark on with our 8, 9, and 10 year old girls, then to see it unfold through the 10-week experience, makes witnessing the culminating 5k event between coach and girl a precious memory I get to see hundreds of times throughout the years.  They are planting seeds, such as GOTR participant Michelle Casa shares below.

Joining Girls On the Run in elementary school was one of the best decisions I made in life. Not only was it a great way to get out and get active, but I also learned about confidence and self-worth. I learned about making positive decisions, standing up for myself, and standing up for others. Most importantly, I learned about treating other girls with respect and seeing their worth, rather than seeing them as competition like so many girls do today. I am forever grateful for the opportunity given to me in elementary school because without having a coach and other girls pushing me to get out of my comfort zone in a supportive and positive environment at an early age, I never would have gone on to do many of the things I do today.

Join us this spring as a coach, as a Girl on the Run, or as a participant in our community-wide Color Me Fearless 5k on June 3rd!  For more information: www.girlsontherunwrv.org.