From the GOTR Website:
The Girls on the Run Program
To educate and prepare girls for a life time of self-respect and healthy living.
Girls on the Run® is a life-changing, experiential learning programs for girls age eight to thirteen years old. The programs combine training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the programs are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development.
The objective of Girls on the Run is to educate and empower girls at an early age in order to prevent the display of at-risk activities in the future. At risk activities include substance/alcohol use, eating disorders, early onset of sexual activity, sedentary lifestyle, depression, suicide attempts and confrontations with the juvenile justice system.
It's the second year that she has been in the program and participated in the 5K. After each practice I would pick Sister Bear up on my way home from work and she would talk to me about all the topics that were discussed during that day's meetup. Many times our discussion would go all the way to bedtime with more questions that she may have for me or stories she had to share.
Last year was a rough year for my darling daughter and she almost didn't race or even complete the program but this year has been a remarkable year in our relationship at home and her relationships with classmates at school. This year's GOTR program hit just the right buttons needed for self growth. I have to admit, I've learned a lot from that bear.
Even Brother Bear got into the spirit of the day. He wanted to give his sister a flower for being an awesome runner. He also asked if he could run with her next year.
I love you, Sister Bear!