Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run participants flex their muscles with confidence as they prepare for their season beginning Sept. 20.

Girls on the Run, a local nonprofit girls empowerment program, is returning this fall for a second year.

The program began in Halifax County last fall and impacted over 50 girls in the community.

GOTR teaches girls life skills through discussions, activities and running games, according to season coordinator Rebekah Slabach.

Slabach said it’s a fun, experienced-based curriculum and is led by trained volunteer coaches. By meeting in small groups, she said girls build social, emotional and physical skills while learning healthy habits for life.

The combination of the research-based curriculum, trained coaches and a commitment to serve all girls is what she said sets Girls on the Run apart from other after-school activities. A recent independent study led by Dr. Maureen Weiss, who is an expert in positive youth development, showed that 97% of Girls on the Run participants learned critical life skills including resolving conflict, helping others and intentional decision-making. The curriculum includes three parts: valuing ourselves, establishing healthy relationships and connecting with the community at large.

The Girls on the Run Program has an eight-week season for girls in grades 3-5. The team will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Halifax County High School track.

The season will run from Sept. 20 to Nov. 17 with the celebratory 5K event for GOTR participants at Sweet Briar College on Saturday, Nov. 20. Modifications have been made to the program to adhere to social distancing guidelines, minimize exposure and to follow COVID-19 safety procedures.

Registration is now open until full, and the fall program has a maximum of 20 girls.

To register for Girls on the Run, visit https://www.girlsontheruncenva.org/ or call 434-528-3767. Registration is based on a sliding scale and scholarships are available. No girl is ever turned away due to financial reasons, said Slabach.

GOTR-Halifax County would like to thank local sponsors for the fall 2021 Season: Fry, Jordan + Wilson Insurance Company, Lisa Francisco Law Office, Scotty Felton-Long + Foster and Southern Plenty.

With the generosity from local sponsors, Slabach said GOTR participants for Halifax County will receive a $25 registration credit.

Use the promo code “Halifax” with the registration form.

For questions or interest in supporting the program in Halifax County, contact Slabach at rslabach@vt.edu or 434-579-8496.