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‘Running with Reason’: Girls on the Run of New Orleans and Kiwanis partner to host 5k in City Park

Written by  Girls on the Run of New Orleans
Girls on the Run of New Orleans (GOTR NOLA) is pleased to partner with local Kiwanis clubs to take a stand against bullying for its biannual 5K event in City Park on Saturday, May 10 at 8 a.m.

Each fall and spring, the GOTR NOLA 10-week character-building program culminates with a celebratory 5k event. This year, Girls on the Run is collaborating with more than 17 local Kiwanis clubs in hopes to take a stand against bullying for youth in the New Orleans community. Both organizations work closely with young students, and the issue of bullying continues to be prevalent. By coming together, GOTR NOLA and Kiwanis hope to raise awareness about bullying and all money raised will be used for anti-bullying programming in local schools.
The 5K is family-friendly, non-competitive and open to anyone who is looking to get active and support a great cause. Runners and walkers of all ages and levels are encouraged to enter. There is a $30 registration fee before April 30, and $40 on race day. Anyone interested in participating can sign-up on the website. Participants will enjoy a 5K course that loops through City Park, complete with a pre-race Zumba warm up and post-race refreshments.

“We are thrilled to have teamed up with Kiwanis for our spring 5k this year, since their mission is so similar to ours,” said Casey Fletcher, Girls on the Run 5k coordinator. “This will be our largest 5K to-date, and we could not be more excited for the community to come out and help us raise awareness about the issue of bullying.”

“We are excited to host such a widely beneficial community event,” said Paul Richard, Algiers Kiwanis Club President and Kiwanis Coordinator for the 5K walk/run. “The objectives of Girls on the Run mirror the support we offer to students – helping to build confidence, self esteem and a brighter future. I look forward to personally welcoming the participants and their families to City Park on May 10.”

The 2014 Girls on the Run spring season began in February. The program, the largest to date for Greater New Orleans, is designed for third through eighth grade girls. Volunteer coaches use running to help prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.
Over the course of a season, the coaches teach life-skills such as handling bullies, dealing with body image and the media, making healthy decisions and contributing to the community. Along the way, the girls train together for the culminating 5k event.
About Girls on the Run of New Orleans
Established in fall of 2010, Girls on the Run of New Orleans (GOTR NOLA) began its after school program with 32 girls. Through interactive activities such as running, playing games, and discussing important issues, the girls learn how to celebrate being girls and to honor their own voices. Led by trained volunteer coaches who guide and mentor the girls through a curriculum based program, the girls are empowered with greater self-awareness, a sense of achievement, and a foundation in team building to help them become strong, contented, and self-confident young women. During the program, the girls train together to walk or run a celebratory 5K. Over the past years, GOTR NOLA has served over 1200 girls in the New Orleans area. GOTR NOLA is Independent Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of 216 chapters across the United States and Canada serving tens of thousands of girls. For more information on Girls on the Run NOLA visit the website.
About Kiwanis
Local Kiwanis clubs are comprised of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis is the world’s largest service organization and also provides excellent networking opportunities for professionals. Members meet new people from all over their region and the world through service projects, fundraising, meeting speakers, socials and by attending district and international programs.  Kiwanis also has extensive youth service programs through their sponsorship of Key Clubs (high schools), Builders Clubs (middle schools), K Kids Clubs (elementary schools) and award programs for bringing up grades (BUGS) and good citizenship (Terrific Kids).  The Kiwanis Bully Prevention Initiative has become an international priority. More information on programs and strategies is available at the Kiwanis website and the Stop Bullying website.
Last modified on Wednesday, 23 April 2014
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