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CES team participates in Girls on the Run Star Power 5k

Cook Elementary's team pose together after the Girls on the Run 5k event.

Girls on the Run of South Georgia hosted its noncompetitive 5K event presented by Pepsi Valdosta on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, on the beautiful grounds of the Fellowship Home at Brookside. 

Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that uses fun running games and dynamic discussions to teach life skills to girls in 3rd to 8th grade. 

During the 10-week program, girls participate in lessons that foster confidence, build peer connections, and encourage community service while they prepare for an end-of-season celebratory 5K event.

The girls meet in small teams located at different schools in South Georgia: Cook Elementary, Cross Creek Elementary, Dewar Elementary, North Brooks Elementary, Hahira Elementary, Hahira Middle, Lanier County Elementary, Lake Park Elementary, Lowndes Middle, Mitchell County Elementary, Pine Grove Elementary, Pinevale Elementary, Quitman Elementary, Sallas Mahone Elementary, St. John Catholic School, SL Mason Elementary, Thomas County Middle, Valdosta Middle, and Westside Elementary School.

Participation in the 5K event on Nov. 12 was open to the public, and all proceeds from the event will benefit Girls on the Run of South Georgia. The event began at 9 a.m.

This season, Girls on the Run South Georgia began expanding throughout South Georgia to serve more girls in grades 3-8. If you are interested in hosting a team at your school, contact Mary Crawford at

About Girls on the Run

Based in Charlotte, N.C., Girls on the Run is a nonprofit organization with local Councils in all 50 states. Founded in 1996 with 13 girls, Girls on the Run has now served over 2 million girls. Over the course of the program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential social, emotional and physical skills to successfully navigate life experiences. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event. With the largest 5K series by number of events in the world, Girls on the Run hosts more than 330 5Ks per year. Girls on the Run is included as a top research-based program in a Social-Emotional Learning Guide developed by researchers at Harvard University and has been recognized by the National Afterschool Association (NAA) as one of the most influential after-school programs. Girls on the Run is offered in more than 13,000 schools across the U.S.

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