Girls on the Run is an International Program started by Molly Barker in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Doe Run team is part of the Girls on the Run Lancaster, which is one of the largest branches in the United States. We will start our 12th season at Doe Run.
The seasons are a fall season, which begins in September at the start of the school year, and a spring season, which begins in early March. Practices are held here at Doe Run on Mondays & Wednesdays from 2:30-4:00 PM each week. The largest a team can be is 15 girls although due to the fact that our team is in its 11th season, we will have 18 girls this spring. Our coaches this season are Megan Boas, Lisa Sanders, Jessica Stamm, Melissa Terch and Kathy Snader.
Each practice starts out with a healthy snack. We then head into discussion on a specific topic that can range from pacing ourselves while running and having a healthy body, to being a good friend, pulling out the negative cord, and standing up for ourselves. After a time of discussion and sometimes written work, we do a time of warm-up and then finish with a work out session and wrap-up session. Each week finds the girls running longer distances and shortening their run times while obtaining distance. There are energy cheers for the girls, and spirit nominations each practice.
About mid-way through our season we run a practice 5K. This is a great way for the girls to see what an actual 5K distance feels like and have time to work a little harder the next few weeks at practice to be able to do their best at the actual 5K in November in the fall at Millersville University and May in the spring at F & M College.
The goal is to finish a 5K. We say finish, because run, skip, gallop, or walk -- they all finish! Girls on the Run is so much fun -- WOOOOOO!