SPARTA, NJ - Girls on the Run New Jersey North 5k and Lake Mohawk 8 mile challenge is set for Saturday, May 16 at 8 a.m.  There is a new route for both races this year.  The 8.2 mile participants will receive technical, performance t-shirts.

All ages are welcome.   Both races will start and end at White Deer Plaza this year.  The GOTRNJN 5K is a scenic out and back route that takes participants along the East Shore Trail of Lake Mohawk.  This moderate race encourages both runners and walkers alike to come and enjoy the day.  The more rigorous Lake Mohawk Challenge will take the traditional route up West Shore Trail and will continue for 8.2 miles around beautiful Lake Mohawk.  It ends back at the boardwalk. Both races are open to the public and registration is now open at  Early registration is encouraged.

Girls on the Run NJ North is offering more medals and trophies for both races this year.  The Grill at Lake Mohawk Country Club will have food and refreshments available for purchase during the race. The chefs will be serving up some other tasty selections.  Look for them on the boardwalk.

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"This event is unique because the girls choose a running buddy who supports, encourages and trains with them throughout the 10 week program.  These running buddies are parents, siblings, teachers or family friends.  For some of them, this is their first 5k as well,” said executive director, Deb Sipola.  “We are excited about our new route and because this spring Girls on the Run will serve their 1,000,000 girl worldwide.  To be able to include the community in that memory makes it all the more amazing.”

The 5k will be a celebratory event for the more than 300 girls participating in the program.   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. By working towards and attaining a goal at such a young age, the girls learn that they can achieve anything.  Girls on the Run New Jersey North serves girls in Sussex, Bergen, Hudson and Passaic counties and is one of over 200 chapters across the United States. 

“The day will be a true community wide event and we are so grateful for the support we have received in making the race possible,” said Sipola. “Girls on the Run New Jersey North® would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to their sponsors.” 

Additional information, including how to make a donation or volunteer opportunities, on the organization’s website  

Sipola encourages people to get involved with this program.  She said, “Believe in your power to make a difference in the life of a girl.”