MARQUETTE — Registration has opened for an after school program to help girls gain confidence and learn critical life skills. “Girls on the run” is a 10-week program that will help 3rd through 5th grade girls learn different skills, and inspire them to reach their potential, all while training to run a 5k at the end of the program.
“We’re focusing on building confidence, sticking up for yourself and for your friends,” said Sloan Dorr, the Girls on the Run Program Director for Marquette. “Learning how to raise your hand in class without being scared. It’s an hour and a half twice a week, so three hours a week, of going through very strategic curriculum that builds on itself, as does the running training.”
This will be the second year for the program in Marquette, though the nationwide program shows that a lot of improvement is possible with the curriculum.
“We’ve got enough room with our coaches for up to 60 girls in Marquette,” said Dorr. “And the statistics show a lot of improvement in these girls. If the girls were not active, they become more active people in the future. They’ve built confidence. They’ve built grades. The studies have show that this particular curriculum is helping girls grow into confident young women.”
The program is open to any girl in the area, and takes place twice a week after school either at the Superior Dome on Northern Michigan University’s campus, or St. Louis the King Church in Harvey. The total amount to register is $150, but scholarships are available to anyone that wants to attend and cannot afford the full amount.
“Don’t let that scare you, or any girl that you want to get signed up,” Dorr said. “We have scholarships, and no girl is going to get turned away due to financial hardships.”
The 10-week program will come to an end on June 8th, when there will be a 5k that the girls will run. The community is also able to run in this 5k.
To register, click here. Or you can register in person at Queen City Running Co. in Marquette on February 11th from 4-6 p.m., or at the Marquette YMCA on February 20th from 4-6 p.m. Click here to see a video about Girls on the Run.