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Girls on the Run promotes wellness

Girls on the Run Hampton Roads has rolled out fun, safe and engaging activities for the whole family designed to combat the isolation and sedentary behaviors that could result from extended social distancing guidelines.

Aligned with the United Nations International Day of Friendship, Girls on the Run Hampton Roads is hosting the Friendship Day Virtual 5K July 30 to Aug. 2, and the entire Hampton Roads community is invited to participate. Proceeds will allow the organization to continue to serve girls by teaching critical whole health skills to help them cope with stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Friendship Day Virtual 5K aims to celebrate the power of friendship to build resilience and to generate passion for a better world where all are united for the greater good during these uncertain times. Participants can register for $29 at www.gotrhr.org. Discounts are offered for friends and families who register together in groups. Each person will receive a limited-edition tank top, a customizable souvenir bib, a water proof sticker, and a finisher medal. The event is open to all ages, and participants may choose the time and location to walk or run the 3.1 miles.

Additionally, Girls on the Run is unveiling the Power Up Activity Kit to help keep girls and their families active and healthy throughout the summer, while inspiring creativity, encouraging movement, and teaching new skills. The kit includes 50 activities to fuel girls’ minds, bodies and spirits. They emphasize the important connection between physical and emotional health. The Power Up Activity Kit contains a Girl Power T-shirt, a journal, hairbands, video links, and a book of activities that can involve the whole family.

Girls on the Run has served more than 16,000 girls at 150 schools and community centers in Hampton Roads since it was founded in 2006. Year-round programming strengthens girls’ social, emotional, physical and behavioral skills. The 14-year-old nonprofit has adapted quickly to reach families during the pandemic.

“Even though we’re unable to gather for camps and the 5K event in person, we remain steadfast in our commitment to provide opportunities for girls to be physically active and emotionally healthy,” said Ellen Carver, executive director. “We are known for hosting the most spirited and inspirational 5K series in the region.”