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Registration now open for Girls on the Run

Article Published: Jan. 2, 2014 | Modified: Jan. 2, 2014

Local girls in grades three through eight are invited to participate in Girls on the Run of the High Country.

Registration for the spring session is open now at

The program will begin the week of Feb. 3.

Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running, a spokeswoman for the group said.

The 12-week program weaves training for the ZAP Fitness Girls on the Run 5K (to be held on May 3) with lessons focused on developing essential life skills.

The lessons inspire the girls to be strong, contented and self-confident individuals who intentionally choose an authentic and healthy lifestyle, the spokeswoman said. By gaining a greater sense of self-awareness and personal achievement, the girls are empowered to believe in themselves.

Each local group is open to 15 students and will meet twice per week for an hour and 15 minutes.
The groups will meet at the following elementary schools in Watauga County: Hardin Park, Green Valley, Parkway and Cove Creek.

Additionally, Girls on Track for girls in sixth- to eighth-grade will meet at the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s Wellness Center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Avery County GOTR school sites include Riverside, Banner Elk and Avery County Middle School.
Girls from any school, in addition to those who are home-schooled, may enroll in any of the sessions at the various sites.

To register or for more information, visit or contact Mary Sheryl Horine at Appalachian’s Institute for Health and Human Services at (828) 252-7557 or (

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