Girls on the Run of Greater Sacramento Teaches Life Lessons

By Amanda Holliday

More than 200 local girls in grades 3-8 will celebrate the growth and accomplishments they’ve experienced over the past 12 weeks as they participate in the Girls on the Run 5K on April 28th at Caroline Wenzel Elementary School in the Pocket Area of Sacramento.

Girls on the Run® is a life-changing, experiential learning program for girls in 3-8 grade. The program combines training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goal of the program is to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development.

We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident and envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

The 2nd Annual Girls on the Run 5K is a celebration. Coaches, parents, running buddies, volunteers and community members are join in the celebration that is all about the girls. The event also includes fun family activities before and after the run/walk like a photobooth, music, and face painting.

Volunteers are needed to participate as running buddies for participants as well as to help with set up, course monitoring, finish line and water stop. If you are interested in volunteering on race day, email

Girls on the Run International was founded in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Sacramento Council was created in 2003 and currently serves over 400 girls annually in Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville, El Dorado Hills, Elk Grove and Rocklin. Girls on the Run of Greater Sacramento is always looking to volunteers, coaches, co-coaches, board and committee members and sponsorships. For more information, visit or email

Guest blogger Amanda Holliday is a Sacramento native and works as a freelance marketing consultant and copywriter while fulfilling her passion for giving back through her involvement with Girls on the Run. She is the current Board President and also coaches a team of young girls in East Sacramento. Outside of her busy professional and volunteer work, Amanda is an avid runner and loves to cook and spend time enjoying Sacramento with her husband and their yellow lab.





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