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At least two water stops at the Mill Race Marathon will include the smiling faces of elementary school volunteers who take part in the Girls on the Run program.
One of the coordinators, Jennifer Shaver, public services director at Foundation for Youth, said she would have liked for the girls to take part in the day’s five-kilometer event, but their activities didn’t begin until the school year started, leaving them a short training window.
Instead, they’ll use the event as one of their community service projects as they prepare for their first 5K event in November.
The local Girls on the Run, celebrating its fifth year this fall, had 250 participants last year, including girls from every school in Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp.
The effort, based on a national program, encourages more than physical fitness. The girls gain self-confidence, build friendships and learn about such topics as nutrition, health and how to cope with life challenges.
The program’s founder, Molly Barker of Charlotte, N.C., was honored in July at a White House celebration for being the 5,000th Point of Light, a recognition started by former President George H.W. Bush for people who make a difference.
Nationwide, more than 600,000 girls have participated in Girls on the Run since it began, and more than 200,000 have served as program volunteers.
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