SOMERVILLE, NJ - Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey will kick-off its celebratory 5K race  on Sunday, Nov. 24th at 11 a.m. in downtown Somerville.

Anticipating record participation, festivities and registration will open at 9:30 a.m.  The 5K race is open to the public.  To register go to https://www.gotrcnj.org/5k.

“With the growth of our Central NJ Council over the past year, we anticipate an exceptionally large number of runners for our Fall 5K.  Net proceeds of this race will go to our Scholarship Fund, so girls in low-income communities can have the opportunity to participate in the program,” said Donna York, Council Director.

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Girls on the Run is a social and emotional wellness program for girls in 3rd to 8th grade that inspires them to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through an evidence-based curriculum which includes dynamic discussions in confidence, competence and caring.

Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop critical life skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.

The Girls on the Run program was recently included as a top research-based program in a Social-Emotional Learning Guide developed by researchers at Harvard University and has been recognized by the National Afterschool Association as one of the top two most influential after-school programs in the nation.

Annually the GOTRCNJ program serves over 2,200 girls at 117 sites in Somerset, Middlesex, Monmouth, Camden and Ocean counties.  To learn more about the race or to start a Girls on the Run site in your community contact donna.york@girlsontherun.org.