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Re-Post from New Balance: New Race Venue a Winner for Atlanta’s Girls on the Run 5K

May 6, 2010

New Race Venue a Winner for Atlanta’s Girls on the Run 5K

See the original story at http://www.newbalance.com/performance/running/news/new-race-venue-a-winner-for-atlanta-s-girls-on-the-run-5k/.

By Debbie Curtis-Magley, Guest Contributor

On Saturday, 1,200 runners hit the pavement for the New Balance Girls on the Run 5K. Local running store, West Stride, and the surrounding neighborhood hosted this year’s race. Around 650 girls from more than 30 Atlanta-area schools ran the course.

According to Girls on the Run board member Kelly Walsh, the race course was slightly hillier than the east side route run for the fall 5K. Some runners also felt the start was a bit narrow and congested, but that can be considered a good thing. It’s common for novice runners to start a race too fast which can result in tripping and falls. A narrow start forces runners to slow down and be more careful. And that helps the girls complete their goal of finishing a 5K race. Overall, the weather was good and the running was great.

Girls on the Run (GOTR) organizes running programs for girls aged 8 to 13 to foster a healthy lifestyle, self-confidence and build positive relationships. At the end of the program, the girls “graduate” by running a 5K with their team mates, coaches and family.

GOTR - Sign makingNew Balance is the title sponsor and the 5K race series is considered the second largest in the U.S. Hosting a running race is a complex and expensive endeavor. Printing signs and race numbers, stocking water, securing permits and police for the course – it all adds up. New Balance has proudly sponsored Girls on the Run for over a decade, and as Kelly shared with me, the support that New Balance provides helps make it possible for local GOTR chapters to effectively operate these events.

GOTR Atlanta aims to make the 5K race one where girls are celebrated. The race day expo was a big hit. Goody hosted a Happy Hair Station where the girls got to decorate their hair with colorful accessories. Another national sponsor, Kellogg, served cereal and brought along a Wii fit station where runners could compete in a virtual race. Genie Beaver and the West Stride staff deserve special thanks for their work helping to organize the event – especially the parking arrangements (always a challenge when you’re hosting hundreds of runners).

For photos from local Atlanta events, check out this Flickr gallery. Want to run the 5K course yourself? Take a look at the race route at MapMyRun.com. Interested in locating a Girls on the Run event/chapter in your area? This page lists upcoming Spring 5K events throughout the U.S.

Debbie Curtis-Magley is an avid runner who writes about the Atlanta running scene at her blog, Atlanta Running. She runs (and lives) in Decatur, GA with her husband, daughter and lovable golden retriever.

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  1. May 6, 2010 10:20 am

    Hey Debbie! Funny running into you on here! I was at the race as well. I am a GOTR coach at Mary Lin Elementary. Thanks for the great guest post.

    ~Lori Ann (Goody)

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