I have started and coached Girls on the Run at my school for 4 seasons now. The program is INCREDIBLE. There is nothing in the world like working with girls in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade and having them open up to you about their lives. As much as I love running, it is not always the focus at each practice. Being a girl in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade can be tough, and with each and every lesson I get to teach these girls skills that they will use for the rest of their lives! Not to mention the looks on their faces on race day, watching a girl that you have worked with for months complete a 5k is a very rewarding experience!
I didn't always like running. I worked my butt off in college to "run" my first mile at a 14 minute pace. Since then I have completed about 14 5k's, 1 10k and on October 15th I will run my second HALF MARATHON! There has been a lot of sweat and blisters along the way, but I will say that the feeling of completing a half marathon is amazing.
Since early this summer I have been a part of the Girls on the Run Detroit Free Press Marathon Charity Runners group. During our WEEKLY 7:30am runs I have met some great people and got to experience the city of Detroit on early Saturday mornings. I love that I got to be a part of this group and made it a priority to train with them even though I was pretty busy planning a wedding all summer!
I am asking that you PLEASE donate to help me reach my goal of $500. I can speak from experience that this program makes a HUGE impact on the girls at my school. I can also say that the YMCA has really helped me to target certain girls that need this program but couldn't afford it without help of a scholarship. EVERY single season at least 1 girl at my school is able to participate because of a scholarship.
$25 = A pair of shoes for 1 girl
$136 = A full program fee for 1 girl
$140 = A healthy snacks for the season for a team of 16 girls
$375 = Transportation to 5k for 60 girls and family members
$800 = Program supplies for a team of 16 girls
$2,176 = Full scholarships for a team of 16 girls
Please, please please consider donating so that we can continue to make a difference in girls lives. I promise that I will be thinking about your donations on October 15th when I am running my second half marathon!