Girls on the Run Sierras spring sessions start today

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Girls on the Run – Sierras has announced registration for the spring season, which begins in early March, is underway.

“At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind,” says Joy Heuer, Executive Director of Girls on the Run – Sierras. “Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd to 8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. With the spring program available in eleven locations throughout Reno and Tahoe City, we are looking forward to helping girls understand and activate their limitless potential this spring.”

The program, available at the following schools this spring season – High Desert Montessori, Incline Elementary, Kate Smith Elementary, Kings Beach Elementary, Lake Tahoe School, Libby Booth Elementary, Lloyd Diedrichsen Elementary, Mount Rose Elementary, Sun Valley Elementary, Tahoe Lake Elementary and Truckee Elementary – begins March 12 or 19, depending on the site, and runs through June 3.

Girls can register until the time their school districts start school post break.

During the season, trained coaches lead small teams through research-based curricula which include discussions, activities and running games. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event. While there is a fee for the program, financial assistance is available and Girls on the Run - Sierras has never turned away a girl because of her family’s inability to pay.

To learn more about the program or to register, click here.

Girls on the Run – Sierras is also announced that Joy Heuer is celebrating her one-year anniversary as the organization’s executive director. Previously the COO of the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce, Heuer is driven by the Girls on the Run mission to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident while creatively integrating running. “My sincere hope is that every girl we serve – more than 50% of whom come from low-income families – comes to understand, through our lessons, how to have compassion and character,” Heuer said. “We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. And we know we will get there.”

“We are incredibly excited about our spring program and, to help get our season started, we are thrilled to be the beneficiary of the upcoming LUNAFest film festival being held at the Tahoe Art Haus and Cinema on February 9th,” Heuer added. “LUNAFest features short films by, for and about women. Films begin at 7:30 p.m. and run for 90 minutes. Tickets, which are $20, are available on the Art Haus website and doors open at 6:45 p.m. A silent auction with accompany the evening, complete with items valued at approximately $8,000. We hope to see many girls and women there.”