Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a non-profit prevention program that encourages preteen girls (ages 8-11) to develop self respect and healthy lifestyles through running. The curricula address all aspects of girls’ development – their physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual well being. There are more than 200 Girls on the Run councils across the US and Canada.
The Saginaw County Council was formed in 2009 and held it’s inaugural session at Carrollton Elementary with seven girls in the spring of 2010. In 2011, the Council served 103 girls at six sites during the spring, summer, and fall of 2011.
By 2015, the Council has expanded into 21 locations throughout Saginaw County and Bay County after officially changing its name to Girls on the Run Saginaw Bay and serving over 400 girls!
Nearly 100% of the girls reported feeling more comfortable with their body image and agree that physical activity is very important to them. The Council hosts an annual fall 5K as the culminating even of the girls’ season. The annual Reindeer Run is also open to the community.
For more information visit http://www.gotrsaginawbay.org/ or contact the Underground Railroad of Saginaw http://www.undergroundrailroadinc.org/ to find out how you can help through various Sponsorship Opportunities, Volunteer, or help bring GOTR to your after school program.
Beth Bryce is a Co-founding Mother and has served on the Advisory Committee for Girls on the Run of Saginaw Bay County (GOTR).