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As Lily Thomhill (far right) neared the finish line at Saturday’s Girls on the Run 5K in Flagstaff, fellow Payson participants and program coaches rallied behind her, running the last few feet with her.

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Girls on the Run take part in 5K

It was a blustery day for a run, but 19 Payson-area girls crossed the finish line in Flagstaff Saturday, capping off a 12-week program designed to boost their confidence and learn healthy lifestyle habits. At a wintry 40 degrees, it was a cold start for the Fourth Annual Girls on the Run New Balance 5K run in Buffalo Park, however, thanks to an exorbitant amount of exuberance coming from more than 400 participants and several hundred more supporters, the air was warm with smiles and laughter.

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