I have had the honor of being a volunteer with my local Girls on the Run chapter since 2014 and I LOVE it!! 🙂 I remember when I first became a part of GOTR thinking, ‘man, I wish I had something like this growing up.’ Seeing the excitement and pride in each of the girls faces is just the best! 🙂
This a national organization that leads programs all over the country for young girls in grades 3 to 8. The program works to inspire girls to be self-confident, build up their character and support each other, all through running. Each program is led by volunteer coach/coaches that hold practice a few days a week. At the end of the 10 week program, there is a celebratory 5K race for the girls. I started with GOTR as a member of the 5K Planning Committee. We spent the months leading up to the celebration 5K making sure everything turned out just right. We located vendors, chose a theme, planned decorations and fun activities for the girls and their families to do before the race.
I really enjoyed using my creativity and coming up with the activities for the pre-race party. The first year I was a part of GOTR, the race had a Frozen theme! 🙂 Just for fun, I decided to make myself a Princess Anna costume for race day. 🙂 We also had a mascot race before the girls ran their race and it was fun going around seeing all the people in costumes. We had Olaf, Hershey Chocolate Bar, Penn State Nittany Lion, and several local school mascots. The next 5K was in the Spring and I made a Rainbow Brite costume for race day! 🙂
This year, I decided to do more to help my local GOTR council and I have signed up to be a Solemate. Solemates help to raise money for their local GOTR program while training for a goal race. Being a part of the Solemates program, there are incentives like discounts on training programs with Fleet Feet Sports as well as race day support at several local races. We even get our own private Solemates porta-potty at some races! lol 🙂 I mean….come on……a porta-potty without the line?!?! That is awesome! Ha, ha!
In all seriousness, this is an amazing way to continue to do what I love (RUN) and at the same time help to improve the lives and experiences of young girls who are dealing with the same things I did as a young girl. Girls that are trying to find their way in life, girls dealing with poor self-confidence and self-esteem as well as girls just learning how to navigate the world of peer pressure and social expectations. The monies that are raised, help to fund scholarships as well as pay for supplies needed to keep the programs growing.
One way that I am working towards raising money is making and selling paintings. I have recently discovered a love for mandala and have decided to share some of the pieces I have made with others. Below are pictures of the artwork I am selling. I am also taking requests for custom designed canvases. If you or someone you know is interested in helping out Capital Area Girls on the Run, please let me know! 🙂 I would love to paint a canvas just for you or if you are interested in simply donating, you can go to my fundraising website….. Emily runs for 24! Any support, whether that is financial or simply a share of my post and/or fundraising page would mean a lot! 🙂 Thank you to every one of my readers for all your support and encouragement! 🙂