Girls on the Run, an international nonprofit youth development program, will present the “The Boulevard Dash” on Saturday, October 29th, 2011, on Blackstone Boulevard in Providence, RI. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the Dash takes off at 9 a.m. The event is open to the public and costumes are welcome.


Families, pets, and strollers are invited to walk, run or creep along the 1.6-mile family-friendly course that begins at the south end of the Boulevard near the Irving Avenue intersection. Race day registration is $15/person or $25/family, in cash or check only. Participants are asked to wear pink, green, or Halloween costumes if they dare!

Girls on the Run® is an after school program with a mission of educating and preparing girls in 3rd through 8th grade for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The core curriculum combines training for a 3.1 mile running event with lessons addressing all aspects of the girls’ physical, emotional, social, mental, and spiritual well-being.

“Girls on the Run” provides a unique opportunity to girls ages 8-13 unlike any other after school activity that is currently offered in Rhode Island,” said Hannah Colestock, executive director. “In bringing this program to the Ocean State, we want to create generations of Rhode Island girls that believe in the benefits and fun of physical activity; understand the importance of healthy eating; know what it means to be a supportive friend, neighbor, and family member; and value the quality of their communities.”

Rhode Island is the 44th state to establish a Girls on the Run council. Proceeds from this event will support its inaugural program, which will launch at two Rhode Island schools in the Spring of 2012. Expansion to additional sites around the state is planned for Fall 2012.

Keep an eye on the weather! Inclement weather plan will be posted on the group’s Facebook page, For more information or to get involved, visit