Solemate; someone you have a very deep connection with, it is not always easily explained. It is a meeting of mind, heart, body and soul on the highest of levels. Communication as its easiest, as they understand you perfectly and accepts you completely with no judgments.
Girls on the Run is a nationwide after-school program offered to 3rd-5th grade girls, as well as 6th-8th grade girls in select locations. The program inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
As a previous GOTR Coach, I have learned that besides my amazing husband of 15 years I have found another soulmate, running. I put on my shoes, lace them up anytime of the day and feel the dirt under my feet. My mind clears, my heart is full and my body is moving. My shoes do not judge me, the earth underneath does not judge me. I am me, I am free, I love me. I am able to set personal daily and long term goals, I have learned to step out of the box and grow.
This is the exact experience I wish I had when I was younger to be able to love myself and know that I was able to reach my own goals. We as Girls on the Run strive to transform the way girls see themselves and their opportunities. Our ultimate goal is to reach every girl to inspire them to be joyful, healthy and confident.
This year I have once again decided to run in the Grand Teton Relay!! The experience I had last year was so amazing and even life changing, I could not pass up the opportunity to do it again! The money I am raising will go towards the Girls On The Run program which I have been involved with as a parent, volunteer and Solemate for 5 years now. There are many young girls out there, like my daughter, who have the desire to pursue a healthy lifestyle through eating and exercise and also to be involved in the community. Girls On The Run makes it possible for these girls to learn how to do just that! Fundraising for Girls On The Run allows me to give back to this great program that gave my daughter an amazing experience when she was in elementary school.
This summer, I am joining 11 other inspiring ladies in running the Grand Teton Relay to raise funds for Girls on the Run. Girls on the Run is a nationwide after-school program offered to 3rd-5th grade girls as well as 6th-8th girls in select locations. The program inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
The Grand Teton Relay is a 180-mile team race that starts in Ashton, ID, goes through Island Park, and finished in Jackson Hole, WY. It's 24 hours (yes, we run through the night) of breathtaking scenery and unforgettable memories.
Please join me in helping girls discover the joy and empowerment that can be found in running and choosing a healthy lifestyle!
I am so excited to be participating in the Grand Teton Relay again this year and raising awareness and funds for our Local Girls on the Run program. The message of the program is good for girls of any age. A positive self image is sometimes hard to maintain with all the media and images we are bombarded with daily. I am grateful for the positive message of self acceptance and the tools the GOTR program provides. I have had to put it into practice in my own life recently and what a difference it makes when we talk positively to ourselves
I have volunteered as a Girls on the Run Coach for the last two seasons now. The girls have been so much fun to work with and have given so much to me--I want to be able to give something back to them. Each day I am with them they bring a smile to my face and inspire me to be a better person. I hope that I can inspire them in return and help to ensure that this program remains a strong part of the local community.
This blog titled "Bloom Where You Are: Lessons on our Power" by GOTR mom tells exactly how we see so many girls with the authentic determination an 8 year old can possess, and if they are lucky how the can hold on to it long into adulthood. Yes, some girls remain in this space just long enough to get through some of the tougher times that will come, but many I see drift away early and it takes special moments in adulthood to reconnected. When I personally found strength in tackling the unknown of giving birth unassisted by pain medications, then transforming that into my first marathon goal, that was when I really started to tap my own power and determination to set an achieve major goals. And I've never stopped using those goals to benefit something bigger than myself! That is why I'm a Solemate for Girls on the Run!
I have been volunteering for Girls on the Run in the Wood River Valley for the past two seasons. I started volunteering to become a part of this community and make a difference in some girls life. Shortly after the first season started I realized they were making just as much of a difference on me. It has amazed me how intelligent, aware, and hilarious these girls are. They are sponges to everything that is going on around them. That makes me want to continue being a positive influence to them and showing them how to grow up and be successful, confident, smart, and independent woman. Being a part of GOTR and running for Solemates is just one way I can show these girls how to be strong.
I believe in empowering individuals with one easily applicable universal skill that grounds them. Something that can be wielded whenever, wherever and with the minimum of fuss. For me, thanks to my pioneering mom, it was running. Not fast, not pretty, just moving it. I'm moving it for Girls on the Run so they can empower girls long after my legs break down. I'm trying to earn enough to sponsor one young woman. Can you help me?
Hi! I'll be running in the Sawtooth Relay as a Solemate to raise funds for the Girls on the Run program in the Wood River Valley. I had the opportunity to volunteer as a coach with the program Fall of 2014 and it was so much fun! I think the program is a great way for girls to learn about running, complete their first 5k, and learn about self-confidence, healthy relationships, and teamwork. Please consider helping me raise funds to provide scholarships for girls to continue participating in the program!