- Published on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 22:00
- Written by Super User
The Wilmington Family YMCA is pleased to announce the OrthoWilmington 5k Race will be held Saturday, May 18th at 8:00 am at the First Baptist Activity Center, 1939 Independence Blvd. All parking will be at Independence Mall. This race is presented by the Wilmington Family YMCA to benefit the Girls on the Run and STRIDE Program, and is generously sponsored by OrthoWilmington.
Registration is available now at www.sportoften.com keyword: OrthoWilmington 5k. Walkers and runners of all ages are invited to join in this 5k celebration. Volunteer opportunities are also available.
Girls on the Run is a preventative outreach program that uses the power of running to help prepare young girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. This innovative health education and wellness program combines training for a 3.1 mile run/walk event with life-changing, self esteem enhancing lessons that encourage healthy habits and an active lifestyle for girls in grades 3rd-8th. STRIDE, like Girls on the Run, is a 10 week running program, but for boys in grades 3rd-6th that focuses on fun, fitness and character development. The boys are also given the opportunity to talk with each other and their coaches about issues they are facing at school, in sports, in the community and at home. During the 10 weeks, the curriculum covers topics that are designed to help develop excellent character; Success, Teamwork, Respect, Inspiration, Determination= Excellence in Character. The Girls on the Run and STRIDE Council of Coastal Carolina consist of 88 teams in 8 counties; New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Carteret, Craven, Onslow, Sampson and Columbus County. This spring season the YMCA is providing Girls on the Run and STRIDE to about 1,100 boys and girls. This will be OrthoWilmington’s 6th year partnering with the Wilmington Family YMCA to sponsor the race and this year’s race expects 500 community participants and close to 600 girls and boys. OrthoWilmington continues to be a wonderful community partner and all involved are eagerly anticipating the race. Other sponsors for the race include: The Pediatric Center, PPD, Century 21 Sweyer & Associates, Hometown Wilmington Media, Dimmock and Weinberg Pediatric Dentistry, New Balance, Morvil Advertising & Design Group, First Citizens Bank, and Chick-fil-A.