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Girls on the Run 5K held in Woodstock May 18

Published: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 12:45 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 9:56 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – Girls on the Run of Northwest Illinois, celebrating its seventh year serving girls in McHenry, DeKalb, Boone and Winnebago Counties, will be hosting their 7th Annual Girls on the Run 5K on May 18th at Woodstock North High School.

The race begins at 8:30 a.m. and is open to the community.

“This race is unlike any other in our community” said Lisa Puma, Program Director. “Over 1800 girls, running buddies and community runners are expected for this event. Our 5K is truly a celebration of each and every girl who participates in our program and it is the final 'lesson' for the girls and a way to let them shine."

The event is non-competitive, though there will be a clock at the finish line for those interested in their time.

“Every runner receives a race bib with the number one” said Laurie Dayon, Executive Director. “Every girl is a superstar – it doesn’t matter what place she finishes in, it’s crossing the finish line that lets her know she can do anything.”

The race is sponsored locally by Centegra Health Systems, Sage Inc, Power Construction, Mathnasium, Enjoy Your Ride, The Running Depot, Bartlett Tree Company, The UPS Store on Rt 176 in Crystal Lake, BGL Law, The Northwest Herald, and Home State Bank.

Additionally, organizers would like to recognize the City of Woodstock and Woodstock North High School for their support of the 5K.

The GOTR 5K is open to the community and is a fundraiser for Girls on the Run of Northwest Illinois. Cost for the event is $30 before May 14 and $35 on race day.Register online at www.gotrnwil.org.

Girls on the Run of Northwest Illinois is a non-profit organization for girls in 3rd through 8th grade, which uses an experiential learning program designed to help girls make good choices for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Their mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

For more information visit www.gotrnwil.org.

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