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Western New England University will Host Girls on the Run of Western MA 5K Event on Sunday, June 5

SPRINGFIELD, MA (06/01/2022)

 WHO: Western New England University will host Girls on the Run 5K event

WHEN: Sunday, June 5 / 9:00 a.m. Registration opens / 10:30 a.m. Group warm up and festivities will begin / 11:00 a.m. Race begins

WHAT: Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that uses fun running games and dynamic discussions to teach social emotional lessons and life skills to girls in grades 3 through 8.

  • 2500-3000 people are expected at this 5K.
  • The event is the culmination of the 10- week season and will be the program participants, coaches, running buddies, their family and friends and community members. 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.

WHERE: The 5K route goes all through Western New England University campus.

WHAT ELSE: This spring season Girls on the Run has 1007 participants in 70 sites around Western MA, with 250 volunteer coaches that bring the curriculum to life.

DETAILS: Participation in the 5K event on is open to the public, and all proceeds from the event will benefit Girls on the Run WMA.

About Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is a national physical activity-based positive youth development program for 3rd-8th grade girls. Participants develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care, create positive connections with peers and adults and make a meaningful contribution to community and society. Each session is led by trained volunteer coaches that guide and mentor the girls. The ten-week program concludes with all participants completing a celebratory 5k event which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals.

Western New England University (WNE) is a private, nationally ranked, comprehensive institution with a focus on preparing work-ready and world-ready graduates. Founded in 1919 in Springfield, Massachusetts as a division of Northeastern College, WNE’s 215-acre suburban campus serves more than 3,700 students, including over 2,500 full-time undergraduates. More than 47,000 alumni have earned degrees through its 90+ undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs at Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and School of Law. Students come from 39 U.S. states and territories and 23 countries. Of 45,104 living alumni, 30% remain within the region, residing in the four Western Massachusetts counties and northern Connecticut.

WNE is classified among nationally ranked universities in US News and World Report, and among the Top 100 Undergraduate Engineering programs, and in the Doctoral/Professional Universities category in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.