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Girls ready to run

Published: Monday, May 12, 2014 10:40 a.m. CDT

Girls on the Run of Northwest Illinois, celebrating its fourth year serving girls in DeKalb County, will host the second annual Girls on the Run 5K on Saturday at Hopkins Park in DeKalb. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. and is open to the community.

“This race is unlike any other in our community,” Naomi Faivre, DeKalb County coordinator said in a news release. “Over 350 girls, running buddies and community runners are expected for this event. Our 5K is truly a celebration of each and every girl who participates in our program and it is the final lesson for the girls and a way to let them shine.”

The event is non-competitive, though there will be a clock at the finish line for those interested in their time.

“Every runner receives a race bib with the No. 1,” Laurie Dayon, executive director, said in the release. “Every girl is a superstar – it doesn’t matter what place she finishes in, it’s crossing the finish line that lets her know she can do anything.”

The race is sponsored locally by KishHealth System. The event is open to the community and is a fundraiser for Girls on the Run of Northwest Illinois. Cost is $30 before Wednesday and $35 on race day. Registration for the event is at www.gotrnwil.org.

Girls on the Run of Northwest Illinois serves girls in Boone, DeKalb, McHenry and Winnebago counties. Girls on the Run is a nonprofit organization for girls in third through eighth grade, which uses an experiential learning program designed to help girls make good choices for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Their mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Visit the website for more information.

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