Girls on the Run of the North State (GOTR) will host its eighth fall GOTR 5K Saturday, November 11 at 9:00 am at Bidwell Park’s One Mile Recreation Area. The start and finish will be near Sycamore Field and Caper Acres The route will take runners along the 5K loop of lower Bidwell Park. It is the celebratory “graduation” run for nearly 400 girls participating in the Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole after-school programs throughout Butte & Glenn counties this fall.

Each season, 3rd-8thgrade girls in the program finish with the GOTR 5K which allows them to experience the sense of accomplishment that comes from setting and achieving a goal.

The cost is Adults: $25.00 early registration by October 19 - $30.00 after October 19 and Kids 12 and under: $10.00 early registration by October 19 $15, after October 19.

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a nonprofit empowerment program that teaches girls in 3rd-8thgrades skills to navigate their world confidently. Meeting twice a week for 10 weeks on school campuses throughout the North State, the program combines training for a 5K with a series of engaging lessons and fun running activities. The non-competitive graduation run is a capstone event that allows participants to gain an understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving goals. This season close to 400 girls from 28 local elementary and junior high schools are participating.

“The positive experience this run provides the girls helps them realize their limitless potential. It is a chance for them to turn their can’ts into CANS,” said Claire Johnson, executive director. “We started out with 28 girls at two schools in Chico in 2010. We now have more than 50 active schools throughout the North State! This program has influenced more than 3,000 girls in the North State to lead more joyful, healthy and confident lives. This 5K is the culminating moment – the event they have all been training for.”

More than numbers – the program’s participants are proof that the program is working. “I hear from volunteer coaches, parents and teachers that they see a difference in the girls who go through Girls on the Run,” explained Johnson. “They are participating more in school, showing more confidence and finding their voice to speak up when necessary.”