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Girls from across Long Island, and their coaches, families, and friends, will be coming together for the Girls on the Run Long Island Spring 5K on June 1, 2019. This run, open to the public, will begin and end at the Hofstra University Fitness Center and consist of a flat, easy course, perfect for both seasoned and beginner runners. Check-in will begin at 7:45A.M. with pre-run festivities kicking off at 8:00A.M. and the 5K beginning at 9:00A.M.
The 3.1 mile run concludes a 10-week program where girls grades 3-8 learn lessons in communication, cooperation, friendship, finding balance, empathy, and more. With the help of their volunteer coaches, these girls gain confidence, participate in creative physical activities, and learn critical life skills that will help them succeed in their future. There are currently 340 girls across Nassau County and parts of Suffolk County active in the GOTR Long Island program. As part of the pre-race festivities, participants can bling their bib, get their hair colored with temporary hair spray, get their faces painted, and warm up with some fun stretches and dancing. There will be snacks and other activities following the 5K run. Runners wishing to participate can register ahead of time at www.gotrlongisland.org/5k. The online registration fee is $25 and available through May 29. Day-of registration also available starting at 7:45A.M. for $30.
Girls on the Run Long Island Girls on the Run Long Island, an affiliate of Girls on the Run International, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. The only national physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls, GOTR Long Island came to Nassau County in 2011 and later expanded to include Suffolk County in 2016. There are currently GOTR sites in over 12 school districts across Long Island. Each site holds 10-week programs in the spring and fall lead by two coaches, each concluding with a 5K run to celebrate each girl’s