Girls on the Run begins programs

Girls on the Run of Western Colorado has plans new programs in Mancos, Mesa, Kemper, and Manaugh elementary schools for September to November.

The Girls on the Run mentoring and life-skills program is being offered at 90 sites throughout western Colorado and eastern Utah. Over 2,300 girls in third through eighth grades are expected to participate this year.

Girls on the Run uses an experience-based curriculum that integrates running to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. The interactive curriculum is fun and challenging, covering meaningful topics such as self-awareness, building healthy relationships, and developing personal strengths while engaging in physical activities. The curriculum also includes lessons specifically devoted to a community service project completed by each team, as well as a fun, non-competitive 5K run open to the community at the end of the 10-week season.

Girls on the Run will continue be available at Dolores Elementary School.

Fall program registration will be open Aug. 22 through Sept. 5. Details and registration forms can be found online at The program fee is $50 per participant and includes 20 lessons delivered by trained coaches, a GOTR T-shirt, entry for the end-of-season 5K, and end-of-season awards and celebrations. No girl is turned away because of financial restrictions, and scholarships are readily available.