Girls on the Run Lancaster-Lebanon, a running program designed to help girls develop confidence and learn critical life skills, begins its 10-week spring season on March 11.

Registration for the season opens Feb. 15. Lebanon Y practices will be held Monday and Wednesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The program helps girls in their everyday lives by teaching them to manage emotions, stand up against bullying, develop a positive body image, make healthy choices, stay physically active, and maintain healthy relationships. According to a press release from GOTR executive director Jennifer West, the curriculum for girls in grades 3 through 8 also encourages them to interact with their peers and mentors, as well as focus on helping their community.

The spring season culminates in a 5-kilometer event where girls set a physical goal for themselves and work together to achieve it. This event, which is presented by Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster, is open to the public and will be held May 4 at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster.

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Girls on the Run is committed to providing all girls with the support and resources they need to make a difference in their lives. Since the organization was founded in 2009, GOTR Lancaster-Lebanon has had more than 21,000 participants and has provided over $1.5 million in financial assistance to ensure any girl can participate in the program, regardless of her financial situation.

More information about the program and how to get involved is available on the GOTR Lancaster-Lebanon website.

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