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Girls on the Run Organizing at Five Reston Schools for 2015-16

by Karen Goff — September 9, 2015 at 12:45 pm 12 Comments

 As the new school year gets underway, Girls on the Run, a national program for girls in third through eighth grades, is holding registration at five Reston Schools.

Dogwood, Aldrin, Lake Anne, Armstrong and Forest Edge Elementary Schools will host the after school program, which integrates running with life lessons to develop confidence and character for young women.

New for 2015: Girls on the Run NOVA is offering discounts for active duty and retired military families. In addition, the organization is bringing back special discounts for families registering two or more siblings. Financial aid is also available based on household income.

Registration is open on the Girls on the Run NOVA website until Sept. 21, 2015. There is also still time to start a team at other schools, says the nonprofit organization.

The Girls on the Run program is a 10-week season run by trained volunteer coaches who guide and mentor pre-adolescent girls. With lessons on positive self talk, healthy friendships, nutrition, and gratitude, Girls on the Run speaks to the challenges young girls face every day.

Northern Virginia is one of the most popular place for Girls on the Run, with more than 5,000 girls at more than 150 schools participating. In its 15-year history, Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia has directly served more than 50,000 girls, the organization says.

The program culminates in a regional 5K run in November.

  • Henry Rearden

    Is this only for girls – or can boys that “identify” as girls join too? I’d hate to see this be an inclusive and sexist event

    • Jack

      You know one thing that will really make a woman mad? Just run up and kick her in the butt.

  • Greendayer

    Sunrise Valley Elem has a pre school running program with coaches and a 5K race in Reston at the conclusion of the program. Cost is less than the Girls on the run Program.

    • G Jetsons

      A preschool running program. Or a Before School running program?

  • PC Fairy

    what about boys who self identify as girls? Can they run too? This is a legitimate question, if you don’t believe me then you should attend the FCPS class on this issue.

    • Henry Rearden

      Quite right good fairy. As you’re aware there are a number of schools in the district that are demanding gender neutral bathrooms to deal with the ever growing number of boys that think wearing a wig and padding a bra makes them a girl

  • Henry Rearden

    Given the recent discussions in the Fairfax County School Board in regards to gender neutral bathrooms and “identifying” as a different gender, is this only for girls or can boys that “identify” as a girl run.

    More to the point, if Bruce Jenner was a little boy could he run in this if he demanded everyone call him Cait?

  • Karen Goff

    I have deleted a number of comments in this thread. Since it is the start of a school year, here is a reminder: We are not going to turn every story about a girls team or a boys team into a snarky discussion of transgender children. There are CHILDREN and it is completely irrelevant, unless it is a post specifically about someone asking the school system if they can be on an opposite gender team.

    I am going respectfully ask those of you doing this to stop now. If you don’t your comments will be deleted and your IP address will be banned.

    • Sally Forth

      Sanity is much appreciated. Thank you, Karen!

  • Jessica Storm

    I am the parent liason for Girls on the Run at Aldrin Elementary. I see that Aldrin was left off the list of schools that are participating in Reston and just wanted to let the Aldrin community know that Aldrin has the GOTR program running on Tues/Thurs from 8-9 am! Our program filled up very quickly last season so hurry and register on the GOTR site 🙂

    • Karen Goff

      Sorry about that. Got the info from the main GOTR office.

  • YourDNAisYourDNA

    So, does this mean that boys that cross-dress and use the gender neutral bathrooms like Bruce Jenner can participate? Or is this holding true to the XX Chromosome definition?

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