By Anne Soracco

Students from Julington Creek Elementary participated in the Girls on the Run of Northeast Florida’s 5K on Saturday, May 4 at the University of North Florida. All the girls from the school’s two teams have been participating in the program since February. Girls on the Run employs research-based lessons utilizing dynamic discussions and engaging running games to impart critical life skills. The season culminated in the celebratory 5K event that united families, friends, and community members in honoring the girls’ growth and achievements throughout the season.

Since its inception in 2004, Girls on the Run of Northeast Florida has positively impacted more than 34,000 girls. This spring season alone, the program boasted 72 teams, serving girls across multiple counties including Alachua, Bradford, Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Union, and Volusia. Julington Creek Elementary’s students have been participating in the Girls on the Run program for more than 17 years and this year had more than 35 girls participate. The program relies on volunteer coaches from the school and community, and has students participate from other area schools that don’t have Girls on the Run Teams.

Photo courtesy Anne Soracco
Girls on the Run team members from Julington Creek Elementary.

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