Girls on the Run registration now open

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Article Published: Jan. 30, 2013 | Modified: Jan. 30, 2013
Girls on the Run registration now open

Another season of Girls on the Run begins the week of Feb. 4, sponsored by Appalachian State University’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services.

Girls on the Run is hailed as a life-changing, experiential learning program for girls ages 8 to 13. The program combines training for a 3.1-mile run with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts.

Registration includes a T-shirt, water bottle, daily snacks and entry into the ZAP Fitness Girls on the Run of the High Country 5K on Saturday, May 4.

Teams are forming for third- through fifth-grade girls at Hardin Park, Parkway, Cove Creek, Green Valley and Blowing Rock elementary schools in Watauga County and Riverside and Banner Elk elementary schools in Avery County.

Teams are also forming for sixth- through eighth-grade girls at Hardin Park Elementary and Wilkes Central Middle School in Wilkes County.

Registration fees are on a sliding scale from $25 to $120. Registration is now open online at

Volunteer coaches are needed. According to organizers, coaches do not have to be runners themselves – just dedicated individuals willing to encourage the girls and work with them to achieve their goals. A training session is provided for coaches, and a supply box is provided for each program site. Practice takes place after school two days a week for an hour and a half for 12 weeks.

To register for Girls on the Run or for more information on how you can become a volunteer, visit or contact Mary Sheryl Horine at Appalachian’s Institute for Health and Human Services at (828) 252-7557 or (

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