Aiding Women in Abuse & Rape Emergencies (AWARE), Inc. is celebrating the completion of the Spring 2013 Girls on the Run season in Juneau with “A Color-Full 5K Run.” The mission of the Girls on the Run program is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident, using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. More than 70 third to eighth grade girls from Gastineau Elementary, Harborview Elementary, Mendenhall River, Riverbend, and Floyd Dryden have been participating in the 12-week curriculum, which ends with all participants walking or running a 5K on May 11 at Twin Lakes. The process of setting the goal of completing a 5K, working towards this goal, and then completing this goal alongside their teammates, family and friends is very empowering to these young girls. The 5K is a celebratory event with pre-run festivities including face and hair painting, poster making, music, cheering and more.
Our hope is that Girls on the Run empowers these young girls with a greater sense of self-awareness, a sense of achievement, a foundation in team building and a commitment to enhancing their communities, all in order to help them become strong, healthy, confident women. The Girls on the Run curriculum engages girls to effectively problem solve and remain strong during adolescence. Topics include body image and the media, resisting peer-pressure, making healthy decisions, and contributing to the community. AWARE began Girls on the Run of Southeast Alaska in 2008 as one of their prevention strategies to work with youth to stop violence before it starts. In Juneau, Girls on the Run is partially funded by the citizens of the City and Borough of Juneau through sales tax revenues. The community is invited on May 11 at 10 a.m. to show support for these young girls and their accomplishments this season by attending to cheer them on.