On May 19, I will be crossing the finish line of my most ambitious race yet -- a Ragnar Relay. For two days my teammates and I will be running relay legs from Chicago to Madison, WI, tackling the rolling hills of the Cheese State and catching some sleep in the back of a van when we can. Most importantly, we'll be cheering each other on to that hard-earned finish line. I couldn't, and probably wouldn't, do this without the support and encouragement from my friends and family who are always in my corner.
But the timing of the Ragnar Relay means that I will miss one of my favorite events of the year -- the Girls on the Run 5k. Girls on the Run is a non-profit program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade that combines important life lessons like positvite self-talk and stopping gossip with running. Training for and completing their first 5k proves to the girls that they can do anything they set their minds to.
Most girls, like I will be doing in Madison, bring along family and friends to run with them and help them towards the finish line. But many families cannot afford the $35 race registration fee. More than 85% of the girls receive financial support to participate in Girls on the Run, who vows to never turn away a girl from the life-changing program because her family cannot afford the registration fee.
Because I won't be able to volunteer as a Running Buddy and help a girl cross the finish line of the Girls on the Run 5k this year, I'm donating $35 to provide a race entry to a family member to run with their favorite GOTR girl. I encourage you to think about the friends and family in your corner and donate $35 to give a girl the support she needs to cross the finish line this spring.