Organizers working to bring Girls on the RunÂ®, an international nonprofit youth development program, to Rhode Island will present The Boulevard Dash, on Saturday, June 4, 2011, on Blackstone Boulevard in Providence, RI. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the Dash will begin at 9 a.m. The event is open to the public.
The 1.6-mile family-friendly course will start on the south end of Blackstone Boulevard, near the Irving Avenue intersection, and finish at the north end, near Lippitt Park. Strollers, pets, and families are invited to walk or run the course. Race day registration isÂ $15/person or $25/family, in cash or check only. Pre-registration is not available. Proceeds will support national coach training, membership, and licensing fees for the local council. Participants are asked to wear pink and green.
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.
“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 will be the 44th state to establish a Girls on the Run council when it launches in Spring 2012 at Gordon School in East Providence and Sophia Academy in Providence. Expansion to additional sites around the state is planned for Fall 2012.
Inclement weather plan will be posted on the group’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/gotr.to.ri.
For more information or to get involved, visit https://www.facebook.com/gotr.to.ri.
Photo Credit: Lisa M. Zunzanyika