NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — Registration is now open for the Girls on the Run 5K.
The Girls on the Run program uses running and physical activity as a way to teach life skills.
“It’s an after school activity-based program that empowers and encourages girls with self-esteem, healthy living and just really encourages them to be the best version of themselves,” Program Coordinator Lydia Jagodzinski said.
“My favorite part about it is meeting people that I can connect with,” said Lilly Fritas, a member of the Girls on the Run program.
For eight weeks, girls participate in self and team-building curriculum in preparation for the Girls on the Run Community 5K.
Anyone can register to either walk or run in the event.
“Last year, I went with my grandma. Now, I’m going to have my grandma and dad run with me,” said Eva Kruger.
Registration costs $40 for adults and $20 for children under 12. After April 15, the price increases by $5 for both groups.
The cost of registration includes a race t-shirt, bag and coupons from local merchants, although these items are not guaranteed if participants registered after April 15.
“Last season, I had a girl come up to me and say ‘Lydia, there’s no way I can run a 5K.’ Then at the end of the race, she came up to me and she’s like ‘OK, you’re right, I can do it!’ It’s just really cool to see that change within them, just to know that they can do whatever they set their mind to,” Jagodzinksi explained.
The run is scheduled for May 1 at Spring Lake Park. Due to COVID-19, running times are staggered between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.