The Madison Area YMCA is pleased to announce that it will participate in Girls On the Run, an experiential learning, nonprofit prevention program for girls in grades 3-5 that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident through a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running.

Practices will take place 3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Madison Area YMCA every Wednesday and Friday for 10 weeks starting Wednesday, April 10, through Friday, June 14. The event is 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, in Florham Park. Girls On the Run participants will race in the Florham Park Jaycees 17th Annual 5K Run.

Madison Area YMCA staff members Aquatics Director Lisa Kowal; Associate Health & Fitness Director Jennifer Casanova; and Youth & Teen Director Emily Galbraith will coach the team.

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Participants may register by visiting or by mailing a completed registration form and a check for $185 made payable to Girls On the Run East, P.O. Box 896, Millburn, NJ, 07041. Please note: Girls must have a parent/adult running buddy on the day of the race. A coach may be a buddy if asked.

The route: Start at Tucker Street; right onto Briarwood Rd.; right onto Lincoln Ave.; straight onto Rockwood Rd.; left onto Riverside Dr.; left onto Braidburn Rd.; right onto Lakeview Ave.; across Cathedral Ave.; straight to Briarwood Rd.; left onto Tucker Street to Finish.