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The Spring 2017 Girls on the Run of Champaign County 5k celebration was a success! Despite a particularly rainy week, a warm and sunny May day set the scene for almost 300 participants to run, walk, and skip to the finish line of the 5k. For many in attendance, this was the first time they had ever attempted to run a 5k. For others, this was one of many 5k victories. For all, a sense of joy and newfound confidence swept them across the finish line! At Girls on the Run, that is how we measure success!
Thank YOU to everyone who came out to participate, play, volunteer, or spectate! The event celebrated the accomplishments of 107 girls from eight teams led by 27 coaches who sacrificed a significant amount of time to further the Girls on the Run mission to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident!
Congratulations to the following teams (coaches in parenthesis) for crossing the finish line of another fantastic GOTR season!
Mark your calendars...the Fall 2017 season will begin the week of September 5th and end the week of November 6th.
Thanks again for a spectacular spectacular spring season, Champaign County!
The Fall 2016 Girls on the Run of Champaign County 5k celebration was a success! A warm and sunny November day set the scene for almost 500 participants to run, walk, and skip to the finish line of the 5k. For many in attendance, this was the first time they had ever attempted to run a 5k. For others, this was one of many 5k victories. For all, a sense of joy and newfound confidence seemed to sweep them across the finish line! At Girls on the Run, that is how we measure success!
Thank YOU to everyone who came out to volunteer, participate, play, or spectate. Fifteen teams were led by 42 coaches who sacrificed a significant amount of time to pour into the lives of their girls. Over the course of 10 weeks, these coaches met with the girls twice a week for 90 minutes providing gentle guidance as they delved into the curriculum, encouragement as they set personal, social, and physical goals, and emotional support as they grappled with the many elements that propel and attempt to block them from achieving these goals. Thanks to these women, girls across Champaign County were given the opportunity to realize their inner strength and limitless potential.
Congratulations to the 220 girls from the following sites who completed the Girls on the Run Fall 2016 season:
A very special thanks is also due to our GOTR 5k sponsors and contributors:
The Spring 2017 season will begin the week of February 27 and end the week of May 8. Save the date for the Spring 2017 GOTR 5k, scheduled for Sunday, May 7! The celebration opens at 11:30 and the 5k will begin at 1 p.m.
Thanks again for a spectacular fall season, Champaign County!
Thank you to everyone who came out on Friday evening to our end-of-season celebratory 5k event! Whether you ran, walked, or skipped to the finish line, your participation enhanced our girls' sense of accomplishment as they crossed the finish line of a very successful spring season surrounded by members of the community!
One of the Girls on the Run mottoes states, "the finish line is just the beginning." It is our hope that you also experienced a sense of accomplishment as you crossed the finish line, whatever your goal for the 5k may have been. Thank you for letting us be a part of your big day! Stay tuned to our website for information regarding our fall season which will begin the week of September 6th.
Special thanks to Kristin and Heather of Sweet Darling Weddings for capturing the spirit of the 5k!
Pictures from the event can be viewed online http://sweetdarlingphotography.pixieset.com/girlsontherunmay2016/
The Stephens Family YMCA has selected Nikki Mercer to join the staff as the new Girls on the Run of Champaign County Council Director. Nikki succeeds Mary Konken, who founded GOTRCC in 2013 with the help of the Stephens Family YMCA. Prior the joining GOTRCC, she devoted her time to her family as a stay at home wife and mom. She brings with her a passion for helping young girls realize their worth as they holistically pursue a healthy lifestyle. Nikki attended Parkland College and received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also holds a Master’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. Nikki is a recreational runner and has completed two marathons and three half marathons. She enjoys volunteering in a variety of capacities at her children’s elementary school, where she also mentors a small group of fifth grade girls.
“I believe that every young girl needs to internalize the truth that she is enough, she is accepted, and she has everything she needs to succeed. It is my privilege to lead within an organization that strives to etch this message on the hearts of our girls, all the while inspiring them to be joyful, healthy, and confident as they run the race set before them - life.”