Girls on the Run Maine - Ellsworth Chapter

2/6/2017
Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and the Down East Family YMCA are thrilled to welcome Girls on the Run (GOTR) back to Ellsworth for a third session this spring Girls on the Run is a 10 week afterschool program for girls in the 3rd-5th grade, Volunteer coaches guide girls through fun lessons that help them understand who they are, the importance of team work, and how they can positively shape the world.

The season ends with the girls completing a Girls on the Run 5K which provides an understanding of a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Girls of all fitness ability and levels are encouraged to join. GOTR programs inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running.
 
Registration is now open; available on a first come, first serve basis.  The program fee is $50, with financial assistance available.  Please visit www.girlsontherunmaine.org to register.  The spring session will meet on Mondays and Thursdays at the YMCA from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM beginning on March 20, 2017.
 
The interactive curriculum covers topics such as self-awareness, building healthy relationships and developing personal strengths. The program lessons also include the completion of a community service project and running practice with the end goal of completing a non-competitive 5k.
 
Girls on the Run is an international organization that began in 1996 to promote physical, emotional and social development in girls before they reach high school. The goal of the program is to prevent future at-risk behaviors such as adolescent pregnancies, eating disorders, depression, suicide attempts and substance abuse problems.
 
The after-school lessons are led by trained coaches who guide the girls through the 10-week program and help prepare them for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. At the end of the program season, girls and their coaches run or walk a 5k together.