ROBBINSVILLE, NJ --  The warmer weather and longer days make it a great opportunity to get outdoors and go for a run with friends.   The Mercer County chapter of Girls on the Run (GOTR) is now open for registration for the spring season and also is looking for youth coaches.   

Now celebrating 20 years, GOTR inspires girls in 3rd through 8th grade to be joyful, healthy and confident.   Local girls are encouraged to join this empowering youth program that uses running to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence. 

"Girls' self-confidence begins to drop by age nine, and between ages 10 and 13, fifty percent of girls experience bullying,” says Sydney Davis, executive director of Girls on the Run NJ East. “Our program uses physical activity to empower girls with life skills, including character and peer connection. We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident.” 

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Girls meet twice weekly for 10 weeks with trained, volunteer coaches who provide engaging lessons on teamwork and joyful movement, leading up to a celebratory 5K in June.  

Parents are asked to provide health information about their child's allergies and medications) when registering.   To ensure the safety of the runners, volunteer coaches receive comprehensive training from GOTR and submit to background checks. 

For more information about GOTR and to register, go to the Girls on the Run New Jersey website

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