Girls on the Run preparing for 2014 season

Published: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 4:15 p.m. CDT

Organizers are preparing for the 2014 Girls on the Run program.

When the season begins on March 8, Girls on the Run of Northwest Illinois expects to be serving more than 1,000 girls, according to a news release. Registration for the spring 2014 program begins on Jan. 8.

Girls on the Run, however, is focusing efforts to raise money for the program.

Girls on the Run of Northwest Illinois subsidizes a portion of every participant's fee, the news release said. To help subsidize participants, Girls on the Run relies on many fundraising events, such as its annual gala, scheduled for Feb. 22, donations, its SoleMates program and proceeds from its 5K races.

The program is accepting coach applications, and coaches are needed at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School in Cary, Dean Street Elementary School in Woodstock, and Prairie Grove School District 46.

In the 10-week program, there is an interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls, according to the news release.

"The objective is to educate and empower girls at an early age in order to prevent the display of at-risk activities, such as eating disorders and substance abuse," the news release said.

For more information, go to www.gotrnwil.org.

- Northwest Herald

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