WEST ORANGE, NJ – Girls on the Run (GOTR) New Jersey East will serve girls at several school and park-based sites across Essex County this fall, including a program being offered at the West Orange Reservoir, which still has space available.
GOTR West Orange is open to girls in grades 3-5 and will be held on Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
GOTR is a non-profit, physical activity-based positive youth development program that helps each girl to realize her potential. Volunteer coaches lead teams of 8-20 girls for a 10-week program that encourages personal development, team building, and connection to the community while training to complete a 5K run, which will be held in Florham Park on Nov. 17.
“The Girls on the Run lessons have helped me throughout my life. I remember being more confident after Girls on the Run," said Meghan Stein, a GOTR Florham Park participant. "I was so inspired to make a difference, especially after completing the community impact project. It made me the person I am now, caring and inspiring others, and it’s why I coach now. It shaped me into the person I am today.”
Other Essex County programs with space open include:
Livingston GOTR @ Livingston Oval Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Millburn GOTR at Taylor Park -- Thursday 4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. / Saturday 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Millburn Heart & Sole at Taylor Park -- Friday 4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. / Saturday 9:15 a.m. -10:30 a.m.
Nutley GOTR at Yanticaw Park -- Wednesday 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. / Saturday 9:00 a.m. -10:15 a.m.
Verona Park GOTR -- Wednesday 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. / Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
GOTR New Jersey East was established in 2000 and has impacted more than 10,000 girls throughout Morris, Essex, Union, Burlington, and Mercer Counties. GOTR is supported by presenting sponsor R. Seelaus & Company, Inc., a Summit-based financial services firm. The program fee for the season is $199, and financial assistance is available based on a sliding scale.