5K celebrates health, development of county girls

May 30, 2019

The fourth annual Girls on the Run of Snohomish County (GOTRSnoCo) 5K is this Saturday, June 1, at Everett Memorial Stadium.

The non-competitive, untimed run is for all ages and for anyone able to run, skip, hop, or walk. The run starts at 9 a.m. and runs through downtown Everett. Face painting, poster making, “Happy Hair,” and more activities will start at 7:30 a.m.

Participation for adults costs $37.50 and includes a GOTRSnoCo T-shirt and finisher’s medal. Kids ages 7 to 15 cost $17.50 and also receive a T-shirt and medal. Children under 7 are $5 and also get a T-shirt and medal. Everett Memorial Stadium is located at 3900 Broadway Ave., Everett.

Proceeds from the 5K support the Girls on the Run program that began in Snohomish County in 2015 and has served over 1,600 girls since then. GOTRSnoCo is a 10-week empowerment program that builds self-awareness, confidence, and dedication to fitness in third- through eighth-grade girls. Girls meet with coaches twice a week to learn strategies and skills for successfully navigating through life. As part of the program, girls work toward a goal of completing a 5K.

The celebratory 5K on June 1 will feature GOTRSC participants running, walking, and skipping with their volunteer adult buddies, a festive finish line, refreshments, information on the GOTRSC program and exhibits by program sponsors. The run will take place rain or shine.

GOTRSnoCo offers the program to 710 girls on 51 teams at 42 school sites in Edmonds, Everett, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, and Snohomish this spring.

Mukilteo School District: 155 girls are participating from Columbia Elementary, Discovery Elementary, Endeavour Elementary, Mukilteo Elementary, Odyssey Elementary, Olivia Park Elementary, Picnic Point Elementary, Serene Lake Elementary, and Voyager Middle School.

Edmonds School District: 209 girls are participating from Alderwood Middle School, Beverly Elementary, Cedar Valley Community School, College Place Elementary, Edmonds Elementary, Hazelwood Elementary, Madrona K-8, Maplewood K-8, Martha Lake Elementary, Mountlake Terrace Elementary, Seaview Elementary, Sherwood Elementary, Terrace Park Elementary, and Westgate Elementary.

Everett School District: 123 girls are participating from Hawthorne Elementary, Jackson Elementary, Mill Creek Elementary, Monroe Elementary, and Whittier Elementary.

To register for the GOTRSnoCo 5K, visit www.girlsontherunsnoco.org and www.facebook.com/girlsontherunsnoco.

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