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Girls on the Run now accepting participants in grades 3-8

BOONE—Local girls in grades 3 through 8 are invited to participate in Girls on the Run of the High Country (GOTR), an experiential afterschool program that uses the power of running to prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Registration is now being accepted for fall classes which begin on Sept. 10.

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Through interactive activities such as running, playing games, and discussing important issues, participants experience the joy of simply being themselves. During the 12-week program, girls are empowered with a greater sense of self-awareness, a foundation in team building and a sense of achievement. There are Girls on the Run programs in more than 175 cities in the United States and Canada with more than 80,000 participants annually.

Each local group is open to 15 students. The sessions will be led by trained coaches who guide and mentor girls through a fun and uplifting curriculum. Coaches teach specific life lessons such as dealing with body image and the media, resisting peer-pressure, making healthy decisions and contributing to their community. The groups will meet at the following elementary schools in Watauga County: Hardin Park, Green Valley, Parkway, Cove Creek and Blowing Rock. Additionally, all 3rd-5th grade girls in Avery County are encouraged to participate at the GOTR site at the Williams YMCA.Girls from any school, in addition to those who are home-schooled, may enroll in any of the sessions.

For the first time in Watauga County, girls in 6th-8th grade may participate by joining the Girls on Track program which will be held at the Broyhill Wellness Center in Boone on Mondays and Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.

Girls on the Run of the High Country is made possible by its founding donors, including Appalachian State University’s Institute for Health and Human Services, the Be Active-Appalachian Partnership, ZAP Fitness, the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s Wellness Center, Dianne DaVant and Associates, Chip and Amanda Williamson, Rob and Jackie Dyer of the Best Cellar/Inn at Ragged Gardens, High Country Energy Solutions, the Walter J. Hoyt Family, Mast General Store, John and Faye Cooper, Dentist Office of Mahew, Scheffler, Conn and Hardaway, Larry and Mary Ellen Horine, Gaines Kiker Silversmith/Goldsmith, Jay and Michelle Johnson and Boone Drugs Inc.

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