Sunday, September 29, 2013

Girls on the Run Giveaway

I've previously written about Lindsey's involvement in Girls on the Run. This is not just a nonprofit about running -- it encourages self-esteem, positive self-image and confidence in young girls, and has been a program Lindsey has benefited from immensely in the two years she's been participating.

Lindsey's first 5k, spring of 2011.
One of Lindsey's classmates moms noticed a change in Lindsey. As we both were waiting to pick up our girls one evening, she mentioned how much more outgoing and confident Lindsey seems. "She used to not talk to anyone," she said, "Now she can have a conversation with adults and kids she doesn't know well."

Another time, Lindsey told me about a time she could put her Girls on the Run lessons in action. They had just had a lesson on gossiping: what it is, how it's different from other kinds of conversations, and what to do to prevent it.

The day after the lesson, one of her classmates was talking about a mutual friend and the way she dressed. Lindsey cut her off and said, "Well, she's not here to talk about it, and I don't want to discuss this behind her back." End of conversation. If only adults knew and abided by this lesson.

Lindsey's first medal.
This fall both Marissa and Lindsey are able to be in the program since it's for 3rd through 5th graders. I love picking them up after their meetings twice a week and hearing about what fun games they did, their energy awards and then, of course, the running.

Their grand finale will be a Girls on the Run 5k on November 16th. Nearly 100 girls from around the Twin Cities and their running buddies will be participating. For the first time, Girls on the Run is opening up the finale 5k race to the community to participate, and have limited the field to 300 runners.

That's where you come in.

Here's the easy part: I have been given a free entry to give away to the Girls on the Run 5k which will take place Saturday, November 16th, at Lake Nokomis.

Here's the hard part:

If you win it, you have to run it.

This is normally a $40 entry fee, but it's free to the winner of this giveaway.

Just comment on this blog post with your take on why fitness or running are important to kids (be sure to register so I can contact you if you win).

And if you can share this post via social media sites too, that'd be great, though I won't make it a requirement of entering.

Wayne and I are both going to be running buddies for our kids on that day -- join us and other runners to support our Girls on the Run!


  1. I just shared this in my social network for you ~ love the mission of this organization and love how you're engaging others to support it! The 5K falls on John's Ironman AZ weekend, so I won't take a drawing spot away from someone who will actually be in town. :)

  2. I think this program is so great, as you describe it. I am anxious to see the kids and see how they have grown and changed. I wish I could come to Minneapolis and either watch or participate but walked is somewhat arduous at this time. I really need to work at it, you know, use it or lose it, but my back can really stiffen up. In the meantime I am so proud of the girls and their efforts. I am sure it will be richly rewarding as they grow and mature. I'm proud of you and Wayne and you success with the kids.

  3. I have always enjoyed watching Girls on the Run grow via social media. As a female athlete myself, I understand the importance that sports plays in young girls lives. Not only do they promote a healthy lifestyle, but also teaches the importance teamwork and goal-setting skills while boosting confidence. I do not think I would be the young woman I am today without the influence of sports, female athletes and the coaches I have had throughout my life. Bravo, Girls on the Run!

  4. Anonymous3:40 PM

    Running and Excercise is not only important for children's health, but for their self confidence. Working together towards a goal helps boost they way a child feels about themselves and others around them. I wish I had a group such as Girls on the Run when I was younger. However, about two years ago I started running everyday with one of my friends, and it was so much easier doing it together. We would talk about life on our runs and it would help us both get through the run. At the end of the run we felt good about ourselves and healthy. If children learn to do this at an early age, they will be able to carry healthy habits and self confidence with them throughout their lives.

    1. Greta, you have officially won the bib!! Trying to connect w/you, please reach out to me at jenny dot floria at gmail dot com.

  5. My Uncle Dick started me running when I was 9 years old. He was a HS track coach, and volunteer with the Daytona Beach runners association. He took me to all the track meets, entered me in every event and I'd come home with a hand full of ribbons. My Uncle inspired me to take on a life long journey & love of running (and all other things outdoors!) Thanks Uncle Dick...for being my Girls on the Run.