Girls on the Run (GOTR) of Deschutes County Announces Fall Lineup

(9-1-09) From Press Release – GOTR of Deschutes County is one of over 150 prevention based after-school programs established throughout North America with the mission of “educating and preparing girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.” We combine the power of running with the discussion of important issues to empower participants with self-awareness, a sense of achievement and a foundation in team building. The fun and uplifting curricula were created by former teacher, counselor and triathlete, Molly Barker, to enhance the social, mental, physical and emotional health of girls 8-14 years of age.

Presently our local council is seeking athletes to participate in our SOLEMATES campaign. SOLEMATES is a charity running program where men and women who pursue individual goals, such as running a marathon, raise money to help change the lives of girls. Simply sign up for your event of choice, register for SOLEMATES and begin. The on-line process is easy and creates a customized web page for you to email to your friends a family. The fundraising commitment is only $262 – a task that is very attainable. For marathoners, just one dollar per mile from 10 people and you’re there! Included upon registration is a t-shirt or technical singlet + premiums from our sponsors. On-line training programs and inspirational emails keep you motivated and there are incentive prizes for those exceeding fundraising minimums. For a limited time GOTR of Deschutes County will offer to pay for or reimburse your chosen race registration fee of up to $100 if you sign up on behalf of our council! Take advantage of this special offer & run your race for free. Email heidi@deschutescountygotr.org for details.

If you are in Central Oregon be sure to join us for two special events. On Friday, October 2 at 7pm at Summit High School we will be hosting a special screening of the award-winning running documentary The Long Green Line. Come watch legendary York X-Country Coach Joe Newton and his team in their quest to earn their 25th state title! Tickets are available at www.deschutescountygotr.org for $10 per adult & $5 per student. Come early for pizza and a raffle!

Finally, be sure to join us for the 1st Annual New Balance Girls on the Run 5K scheduled for Thanksgiving morning in the Old Mill District in Bend. Wear your turkey feathers, challenge the pilgrim and join our scavenger hunt. Families and athletes of all levels are encouraged to join us for some good healthy fun. All proceeds will benefit the local after-school program and will help to provide program scholarships for children in need. Race registration details are coming to www.deschutescountygotr.org soon. Hope to see you there!

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