Organizers say there are only a few more days for parents to sign up their daughters for the “Girls on the Run” program this fall.
The program, open to third- through eighth-graders, meets twice weekly to train girls to run a 5K.
Amity Justice, Payson area coordinator, said the program is about more than just running. Girls learn life skills through conversation-based lessons and running games.
The 24-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts — understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.
Fall season program
• Runs Aug. 21 through Nov. 13
• Third- through fifth-graders will meet at
Julia Randall Elementary every Tuesday
and Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45
• Sixth- through eighth-graders meet at Rim
Country Middle School every Tuesday
and Thursday from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m.
• The 5K and Healthy Living Expo is Nov. 9
and 10 at Buffalo Park in Flagstaff.
• Find more information on the program at
“I learned that I am the boss of my brain,” said one participant.
Justice said the program stresses girls take charge of their lives and define their future on their terms.
“You can think of it as Can University — a place where girls learn that they can. No limits. No constraints,” Justice said.
At each season’s conclusion, the girls complete a 5K running event with an adult-running buddy.
Completing a 5K gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals, Justice said.