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650+ Local Girls Gear Up for Girls on the Run of Atlanta’s Fall 5K

October 15, 2010

Girls on the Run AtlantaAtlanta, Ga – October 2010 – Following ten weeks of fun-filled physical training, the hard work of over 650 Atlanta area 3rd – 8th grade girls will pay off at the New Balance Girls on the Run of Atlanta 5K, which will be held on November 14th at 9:00 a.m. at the Atlanta Youth Soccer Association (AYSA) fields at the Arizona Avenue Soccer Complex.

Now in its 10th Atlanta season, Girls on the Run combines race training and self-esteem based education activities for girls in over 150 cities across the country.

“This Fall training season has brought in more participants than any other season,” says Sue Payne, Executive Director, Girls on the Run of Atlanta. “We encourage runners and Atlanta community members of all ages to celebrate the hard work of these girls and the success of our program by signing up for the 5K or simply coming out to the AYSA fields to partake in the fun!”

In an effort to increase support and raise awareness, Girls on the Run has forged partnerships with several Atlanta community organizations who will participate in this year’s race, including the Atlanta Dream, Georgia Tech Women’s Athletic Department and the Atlanta Hawks Foundation.

“We’re excited about our partnership with the Atlanta arm of Girls on the Run,” Theresa Wenzel, Assistant Athletic Director/SWA, Georgia Tech Athletic Association. “The impact of this training program on young girls is truly remarkable – and we’ll be there to show them our support at this year’s race.” 

Registration is available online at Active.com and registration forms can be downloaded at http://www.running4fitness.com/. A registration fee of $20 – $25 for late and race day registration – includes a t-shirt, refreshments and a goody bag.  Walkers and strollers are welcome. 

For more information on Girls on the Run of Atlanta, visit http://www.girlsontherunatlanta.org/. Become a fan of Girls on the Run of Atlanta on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GirlsOnTheRunAtlanta or follow us on Twitter @GOTR_ATL.

About Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run offers a life changing, experiential learning program for 3rd through 8th grade girls in over 150 cities across the country.  This innovative program combines training for a 5K running race with character building and self-esteem enhancing activities – in an incredibly FUN way!  Participants gain a better understanding of how to make healthy decisions, resolve conflict, maintain a positive attitude, build strong and supportive relationships, and cooperate effectively in a group to prepare for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The program runs for 10 weeks twice a year – fall and spring – and consists of 8-15 girls per group. Participants meet twice a week for 90 minutes after school or on weekends and train in school track facilities, community centers, parks or fields.

The organization also hosts a charity running arm for adults called SoleMates.  Members raise a minimum of $262 while training for a race of their choice. For more information, go to http://www.girlsontherunsolemates.org/

About AYSA
The Atlanta Youth Soccer Association (AYSA) provides recreational and select leagues for boys and girls near downtown Atlanta. The emphasis of AYSA is to create a fun and safe environment within which players, parents and coaches may enjoy the game of soccer. Developmentally appropriate physical and social skills and lessons are emphasized according to each age bracket defined by the Georgia State Soccer Association. For more information, go to http://www.aysa.net/.

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