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Incline students complete inaugural 5K for Girls on the Run-Sierras

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The Incline Elementary School team included 19 members, all running to benefit Girls on the Run-Sierras.
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A team of 19 Incline Elementary School girls recently completed the inaugural Run with the Girls 5K through the Girls on the Run program.

More than 700 participants, running buddies, coaches and community members participated in this fun run on Sunday, Nov. 16 at Bartley Ranch in Reno.

Race 178 created the women-centered event with Girls on the Run-Sierras as the nonprofit beneficiary. In addition to a donation by the race organizer, executive director Danielle Rees was presented with two large checks to the nonprofit.

GOTR-S received a $5,000 corporate sponsorship by the local Scheels store located at the Legends at Sparks Marina, and a $1,500 grant award from the Northern Sierra Endurance Training running club.

The program, which is designed to instill self-esteem in pre-adolescent girls through health education, life skills development, mentoring relationships and physical training, has inspired girls to be joyful, healthy and confident in the Lake Tahoe region since 2007.

“Girls on the Run has changed my life and how I feel about myself and other girls,” said Paloma, age 10.

The Girls on the Run program is growing stronger in Washoe County. Over the past three years, GOTR-S doubled participation from 141 girls in 2011 to 279 girls in 2014. Almost half of the girls in the program are qualified for Free and Reduced Lunch.

During this rapid growth, GOTR-S has maintained its commitment to not turning away a girl due to her family’s circumstance. GOTR-S provided financial assistance to 141 girls this year, for a program scholarship rate of 47 percent.

GOTR-S’s goal is to raise $20,000 by Dec. 31 to help launch programs at new locations, serve more girls, and provide scholarships to those who might not otherwise be able to participate.

Thanks to a $10,000 matching grant from the Chintu Gudiya Foundation, every dollar donated will be doubled.

Earlier this fall, board members and supporters ran in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco to raise money for GOTR-S.

This SoleMates team beat their fundraising goal of $5,000 and collectively raised $7,919.

The team included Board Members Brandi Benavidez, Karen Wirth, Samantha Smith, Sarah Prinster, and Whitney Wall; and Supporters Lisa Toutant, Katie Linnett and Jacey Howard.

This article was submitted to the Bonanza by Girls on the Run-Sierras, the goals of which are to develop and improve competence, unleash confidence through accomplishment, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution. For more information, visit GirlsontheRunSierras.org or call 775-298-0280.