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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 4 years ago

Elementary girls get their running shoes on to build team, character

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Ormond Beach girls competed in a 5K Saturday morning, through the Girls on the Run nonprofit group.

BY EMILY BLACKWOOD | STAFF WRITER

Rather then spend their Saturday morning curled up on the couch watching cartoons, a local group of elementary school girls got up bright and early to run an 8 a.m. 5K, at Father Lopez Catholic School.

As a part of Girls on the Run, a nonprofit youth-development program, Volusia County girls in third through fifth grade ran 3.1 miles around the school's football stadium. The program also teaches life skills through group processing, running games and workouts, according to its website.

At the end of each season, the girls complete a 5K.

The girls of Pathways Elementary stood out in tutus as they ran the 5K. Dina Koulouris, 8, and Riley Gernert, 9, cheered on their classmates as they crossed the finish line.

Alice Fogel, who's on the group's board, said the 5K is a way to bring the girls together.

"They work for it all semester and it's the crowning event," Fogel said. "This is what they've worked for and they are so full of energy, encouragement and enthusiasm."

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