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Girls on the Run — Maine Virtual 5K

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Girls on the Run – Maine will host a Virtual 5K event on Saturday, May 30 or Sunday, May 31, the event and celebration will be presented by by Orangetheory Fitness

 

Despite the changes we are all experiencing right now, one thing remains constant, the commitment of Girls on the Run to the emotional and physical health and wellbeing of girls. That is why we have made the difficult decision to turn our in-person 5K into a virtual event. The GOTR Virtual 5K & Celebration, presented by Orangetheory Fitness, aims to celebrate every girl in our program and the unstoppable strength, resiliency and confidence they have to navigate even the toughest of situations. 

 

Though the Virtual GOTR 5K is not the same as the in-person Girls on the Run 5K experience, we hope members of the community will join us for this special event to demonstrate their support of a world where all girls can know and activate their limitless potential. The Virtual GOTR 5K is free and open to everyone. We appreciate donations of any amount to support our mission. However, we recognize the effect that this pandemic is having on individuals, families and communities and understand if participants choose not to donate.  To participate in the Virtual 5K, make a donation, or order a festive GOTR 5K shirt, interested participants should Register at https://girlsontherunmaine.org/5K.

 

Below are more details on the Virtual GOTR 5K & Celebration:

 

What is a Virtual 5K (3.1 miles)?

This will be a 5K that you complete with your family member(s) on May 30 or May 31. You choose the time and place (following local social distancing guidelines of course) on that weekend to walk or run a 5K, a mile or any distance that is comfortable for you! Just like we teach our girls, the goal is to go at your happy pace and keep moving forward.

 

What if I am not prepared to run or walk?

No problem at all! Set your own goal and go for it! If you are not able to hit the pavement, you can host an indoor dance party or use the GOTR Physical Activity Cards. The cards, which will be emailed to you, include fun physical activity challenges that celebrate the joy of movement and highlight some of the important lessons that girls learn throughout our program. 

 

When will the Virtual 5K take place?

We recognize that everyone has different schedules, so our event will take place anytime on May 30 or May 31. Complete your 5K distance or Activity Card by Sunday, May 31 at 8 p.m. We will celebrate everyone’s achievements by posting pictures, quotes, and stories sent in by you! If you are able, please share your success by emailing pictures to gotrmaine@gmail.com or posting on social media using #GOTRME5K #GOTRMAINE #GOTRatHome #GOTRGotYourBack.

 

Yes, you can access the link to the printable race bib when you register. We will also email the bib. The bib is designed for you to color! If you cannot print the bib, feel free to draw and color one of your own.

 

Is there a T-shirt available?

Yes, the GOTR 5K shirt is a tech tee available for purchase for $25 at the time of registration or on the GOTR-Maine website until May 21. 

 

Do you believe that there will be a brilliant rainbow after this storm? We do! The Virtual GOTR 5K is your chance to embody that positivity, shine your bright light and feel the GOTR spirit! 

 

To register, visit the GOTR-Maine website at http://girlsontherunmaine.org/5k/.

 

What is Girls on the Run?  Girls on the Run – Maine (GOTR-ME), one of 200 Girls on the Run councils in the US, is a non-profit after-school program that inspires girls in grades 3–8 to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a PA-PYD (physical activity/positive youth development) program that educates and prepares girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living, inspires girls to stay true to themselves, and encourages them to boldly pursue their dreams. In Maine, the GOTR season is 10 weeks long and offered twice each year (fall and spring). GOTR sites are most commonly schools but include YMCAs and community centers. Teams of 8-15 girls meet bi-weekly after school for 90 minutes with trained volunteer coaches who use the GOTR Curriculum to teach important life skills. Each lesson is followed by running games and practice for the end of season celebratory 5K. The finish line is just the beginning!

 

For more information, contact Emily Clark, executive director at 207-747-5677 or emily.clark@girlsontherun.org or visit http://girlsontherunmaine.org and Like Us on Facebook – Girls on the Run – Maine!

 

2020 GIRLS ON THE RUN Virtual 5K Sponsors: 

Orangetheory Fitness, WEX, Spectrum Healthcare, Q97.9, WMTW, Garmin, Maine Medical Partners, Fleet Feet Sports Maine, Martin’s Point Healthcare, Envirologix, Anthem, Pierce Atwood, Intermed, Bangor Savings Bank, Jason Rich Law, Eaton Peabody, Norman Hanson Detroy, People’s United Bank and Adidas.