Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 18, 2013
Running does more than make kids sweaty and tire them out.
Children can learn self respect and the value of a healthy lifestyle through running. That’s the premise behind Girls on the Run, a non-profit program that operates at more than a dozen Austin schools and fitness centers.
Rogue Running, 500 San Marcos Street, will host a fund-raiser for the program from 6-8 p.m. Thursday. A $10 voluntary donation at the door gets guests entered into a raffle for a slew of prizes, including gift certificates and tickets to Whole Foods, REI, The Cupcake Bar, TopGolf, the Paramount Theater and the Blanton Museum of Art. Appetizers, wine and beer will be served.
Proceeds will help fund the 12-week running and character development program for girls in third through fifth grades. The curricula addresses the development of the ‘whole’ girl - her physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual well-being. All girls train for and complete a local 5K race at the end of the program.
In Austin, Girls on the Run programs are offered at Baty Elementary, Blazier Elementary, Cedar Creek Elementary, Giddens Elementary, Gilbert Elementary, Hornsby Elementary, Murchison Middle School, Highland Park Elementary, Pleasant Hill Elementary, Rodriguez Elementary, Summitt Elementary, Dell Jewish Community Center, Givens Recreation Center and the West Austin Youth Association.
The Austin chapter is part of Girls on the Run International, which has 160 locations across the United States and Canada. For more information go to www.gotraustin.org.