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Girls on the Run taking off; registration for spring season ends Feb. 24

Beacon Journal staff report

Girls on the Run of Greater Summit, a self-esteem/fitness program that offers sessions for girls in grades 3-5 and grades 6-8, is expanding and is taking registrations for the spring season.

The season begins March 3; registration is open through Monday.

The program is offered at schools and community venues in Summit, Portage, Medina, Cuyahoga and Lorain counties. Some school sites are open only to students attending the school.

For this spring season, the program is expanding, with seven of the 14 new sites overall being added in Summit County. Among those is Spring Garden Waldorf School in Copley, where the program is not limited to students at the school.

The Summit County expansion is being funded with a grant from the Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation of Barberton.

Participants meet twice a week over 10 weeks, and the program concludes with a 5K run at Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron May 18. This event is open to community members.

Girls on the Run of Greater Summit was founded in 2006 and is an offshoot of the nationwide Girls on the Run program that began in 1996 in Charlotte, N.C.

About 800 girls are expected to participate in the spring season at dozens of sites organized by the Girls on the Run of Greater Summit. The nonprofit also will offer the program in the fall, when it hopes to expand even more.

Cost is $150 per girl. Participants who cannot afford the full fee can pay a reduced rate, even as low as $10 in some cases, based on family income. For more information or to register or volunteer, call 234-206-0RUN(0786) or visit The “Locations” page on the website includes information on whether an individual location is coordinating its own registration.

Some sites already have closed their registrations and now have waiting lists.

Information on the noncompetitive 5K race at Lock 3 on May 18 also is available at


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