Girls on the Run of Greater Rochester held their 3rd 5k/celebration this Saturday at Monroe Community College. There was a lot to be proud of. Besides each girl training for 10 weeks and completing the 5k, the program has grown in number – to 26 city & suburban schools and TWICE as many girls as last year (320+). We also had over 200 members of the public run as well. I took registrations at the running store the night before, but race day registration day was crazy – we exceeded expectations. I know these stats by heart because I volunteered last year and am on the board this year. It has been tons of work, but as a group, I feel we can be proud.
I helped with a bunch of things and it stressed me out bigtime, but in the end it came together. I was in charge of press and pr. A lot goes into writing, pitching and coordinating stories. We had a few good hits both before and after the event: a pre race story on WHAM 13 6 pm newscast, an article in the Messenger Post, a story on YNN, a story in the Democrat & Chronicle, more coverage (day of) on WHAM 13 (11 pm news), a photo gallery from the D&C on HerRochester , an article I wrote in the Greater Rochester Track club newsletter as well as being mentioned/listed in emails, the Rochester Business Journal (print and in their “Time Out” email), message boards, blogs and on various print and online calendars. Just think how much more press we could have gotten if we (I) had more time/been more organized! There were also volunteers to coordinate, donations to solicit (so not my strong suit), registrations to process, signs to make, goody bags to fill and more. It truly takes a village of volunteers.
During the past few months, I met fantastic coaches, girls, parents, board members and people in the media. I went outside my comfort zone, just as I am sure these new young runners did. I know this program will continue to grow and thrive. It’s an important organization that teaches girls to be strong and to learn about cooperation, how to handle bullying, how to stand up for yourself and more. We are fortunate to have a local chapter- we are one of 170 locations in the US & Canada.
If you want to become involved with this worthwhile cause/group, you can learn more here: GOTR Rochester. You can also see more photos that I took here. A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped along the way and CONGRATS to all the girls and their families! No matter what your age/gender, keep on running if you can, it will serve you well.