Girls on the Run cultivates an active, noncompetitive atmosphere for 8- to 13-year-olds. Their programs help them develop confidence and a healthy body image through playing games and going for runs with each other. At the end of each 10-week program, participants, their families, and neighborhood squirrels lace up their running shoes for the Girls on the Run 5K, a fun run that snakes through Golden Gate Park. Following the event, runners gather for a celebration complete with face-painting and festive tunes mixed by a professional DJ.
Girls on the Run of the Bay Area works to build confidence in young girls with recreational running programs, which serve more than 500 girls aged 8?13. The programs meet in groups of about 10 girls twice a week for 10 weeks. Enthusiastic coaches engage the girls in running-based workouts with their peers, and they also address other issues that may affect the girls? lives, such as nutrition, gossip, and standing up for themselves. At the end of the 10-week session, the girls gather for a noncompetitive 5K running event.
SF Mad Dash’s Helluva Halloween 5K run comes as close as any event to answering the question “Who would win in a race: Frankenstein or Dracula?” That’s because the run encourages attendees to dress up in their Halloween costumes and run or walk around Golden Gate Park. Though entertaining on the surface, the core of the fall festivities is charitable, as all of the proceeds benefit the Sunset Cooperative Nursery School.