Olympic athlete to lead Girls on the Run 5K | SierraSun.com

Olympic athlete to lead Girls on the Run 5K

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Girls on the Run- Sierras announced Olympic skier Tamara McKinney will be the lead runner in the Girls on the Run 5K on Sunday, June 10. McKinney was the first American woman to win the overall World Cup Title and competed in three Olympics and five World Championships.

She grew up in Squaw Valley as the youngest of eight children in a legendary ski family. and#8220;I learned at an early age that to reach success in any endeavor, there are generally these elements involved: set realistic goals, get current and accurate information, work hard and have a sense of humor,and#8221; said McKinney.

McKinney returned home to Squaw Valley after retiring from the World Cup circuit in 1990. She works as a real estate agent and coach for the Squaw Valley Ski Team. Coaching gives her a chance to give back to skiing and share the sport with her daughter, Francesca.

and#8220;We are honored to have a female Olympic athlete lead the Girls on the Run 5k,and#8221; said Danielle Rees, executive director. and#8220;As an athlete and coach, Tamara is a wonderful role model for our girls.and#8221;

The Girls on the Run 5K Run is the culmination of the 10-week afterschool program for girls in the third-fifth grades and a family friendly event open to the entire community. The program instills self-esteem and values through health education, life skills development, mentoring relationships, and physical training. Ninety-eight girls are enrolled in the spring season and Girls on the Run- Sierras anticipates 300 participants in the 5K/10K fun run.

Event Details

and#8226; 5K and 10K Fun Run open to the entire community, runners, walkers, children (please no dogs).

and#8226; Sunday June 10, 2012

and#8226; 8:30 a.m. Race day registration opens

and#8226; 10 a.m. 5K and 10K start

and#8226; Truckee River View Sports Park, 12200 Joerger Drive, Truckee

and#8226; Race Day Registration: 5K youth (5-18 years) $15; 5K adult $30; 10K youth (13-18 years) $20; 10K adult $40.

Register online and save at http://www.girlsontherunsierras.org/5k.

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