Girls on the Run, a positive youth development program that inspires 3rd through 8th grade girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident, will hold its first annual “Run Now, Gobble Later” 5K event on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at Sugar House Park. Participation is open to the public and all community members are invited to run. This 5K event is non-competitive and will not be officially timed.
This fall, Girls on the Run Utah will serve its 15,000th girl since it started 15 years ago in 2007. During the 10-week program, girls participate in lessons that foster confidence, build peer connections, and encourage community service while they prepare to complete a 5K.
“As we commemorate our 15th year of running strong in Utah, we can’t wait to gather together with the community to celebrate this special season of gratitude as well as the amazing growth and accomplishments our girls have achieved during the fall program,” said Heidi Moreton, Executive Director of Girls on the Run Utah.
The event will also be the debut of Who Rocks the House (WRTH), the only name, image, and likeness (NIL) collective in the nation dedicated solely to a collegiate gymnastics team. Members of the 2023 Utah Red Rocks gymnastics team will cheer on race participants, hand out medals at the finish line, and give away tickets to the Red Rocks Preview in December.
“We are really excited that our first community event is with Girls on the Run, because the organization encourages and enables young girls to be active through sports,” said WRTH Executive Director Kim Brunisholz, a former Utah gymnastics All-American.
The event will include music from Mix 105.1 radio station, a group warm up led by CorePower Yoga, and pumpkin cookies. A donation drive will also be held during the event benefiting the Fourth Street Clinic. All new or clean and gently used winter gloves, hats and scarfs will be collected. For more information about the 5K event and to register, visit www.girlsontherunutah.org/5k.
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