FRANKFORD, NJ - It was a brisk morning, but the feeling in the air was warm and filled with smiles at the Skylands Baseball Field in Frankford.   No, there wasn’t a fall baseball game happening, it was the Girls on the Run 5K.  The DJ, hair glitter, laughter and dancing added to the spirited atmosphere. More than 500 people were gearing up to run in the Girls on the Run NJ North 5K on Saturday, November 14.

This is the first time the event was held at Skylands Stadium.  The runners were thrilled to cross the finish line as they approached home plate.  It was a unique experience for most people to be on the field.  It was especially festive because the Skylands Christmas Light Show was set up along the race course.   The 160 coaches and 25 volunteers work together to make this magical day possible.

The day was a true community wide event and they expressed their gratitude for the support they have received in making the race possible. Girls on the Run New Jersey North extended their heartfelt thanks to their 2015 sponsors:

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  • Sparta Municpal Alliance,
  • Riverview Paving,
  • Eastern Propane,
  • Newton Medical Center,
  • Coldwell Banker-Julie Killen,
  • Wellness Pediatrics,
  • Sparwick Contracting,
  • Advocare Vernon Pediatrics,
  • Dykstra Associates,
  • C&H Agency,
  • Lake Mohawk Country Club,
  • Paul Davis Restoration,
  • Duphiney Financial Network,
  • Jordano Electric,
  • Hardyston Township and
  • Lafayette Municipal Alliance.

Girls on the Run holds sessions in both the spring and the fall. “Our program offers a unique opportunity for the girls to nurture their physical and emotional health because the program encompasses talking and sharing along with running,” said Program Director Melissa Fagersten. “They also chose their running buddy who runs the 5K with them.  Nothing is better than watching them achieve their goal by crossing the finish line, together.”

This race is the culminating event for the more than 240 girls who participated in the Girls on the Run and Heart and Sole programs this fall.  It included girls from Andover, West Milford, Hopatcong, Lafayette, Frankford, Sparta, Hampton, Vernon, Newton, Sussex and Wantage.  Additionally, the 181 Girls on the Run participants from Hudson and Bergen County ran at the Garden State Plaza 5K. That race hosted 375 GOTR participants.

The 10-week Girls on the Run program provides a safe and supportive climate where girls have the opportunity to think critically, make informed decisions and become healthy and engaged individuals who positively contribute to society as a whole. Additionally, they are required to complete a community impact project. 

Girls on the Run NJ North is currently planning their Spring 2016 season. Registration opens in late January and the new season starts in March. If you would like more information, to make a donation, or to inquire about volunteer opportunities, please visit our website at www.gotrnjn.org.