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Girls on the Run and STRIDE 5K

Photography By Bryce Lafoon

A 5K race to benefit Girls on the Run and STRIDE of Coastal Carolina was held in Ocean Isle Beach on April 28. Girls on the Run® and STRIDE are nonprofit prevention programs that encourage girls and boys to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running. Girls on the Run is for 3rd through 5th grade girls. STRIDE is for 3rd through 5th grade boys.

The Wilmington Family YMCA administers Girls on the Run and STRIDE of Coastal Carolina and serves the counties Columbus, Brunswick, Pender, Onslow, Duplin, Jones, Lenoir, New Hanover, Craven and Carteret. At the end of each season the participants of Girls on the Run and STRIDE come together to run a 5K (3.1 mile) race. These programs aren’t just about finishing a race. They’re about developing a lifetime of healthy habits and healthy living. Every participant learns valuable life lessons that include nutrition and fitness, goal setting, communication skills, making a difference, working as a team and character development. The 5K races, presented by the Wilmington Family YMCA, are also open to the general public. The fall season race is scheduled for November 17, 2012.

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