A decade ago, Girls on the Run opened in the Triangle. Dedicated to helping girls ages 8 to 12 feel comfortable and confident, the group serves about 650 girls across the Triangle each year.
It's open to all girls, of all walks of life. Because, as Kelly Hurter, director of the Triangle chapter told me, all girls can use support as they grow and begin to make their way in the world.
As you might guess, running has something to do with it. The program incorporates training for a 3.1 mile non-competitive run or walk as a way to teach about health, wellness and leadership and to encourage healthy habits and an active lifestyle.
On April 17 in Durham, Girls on the Run will celebrate a decade in the Triangle during the Girls on the Run 5K. It's presented by Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center. About 350 girls during the current Girls on the Run session will participate. But as many as 2,500 people from across the Triangle also will come out to support the group.
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Kelly, a mom of two, took some time out to talk to me more about the program. Check this video for more information.