The Girls on the Run program for Girls in Grades 3 through  5 at the Down East Family YMCA is now accepting applications! The program is open to all Girls in Grades 3 -5 from all surrounding communities and you don't have to be a member of the Down East Family YMCA to participate.

The program will meet Mondays and Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 PM beginning March 18th. The program lasts 10 weeks, and ends with a 5K on Sunday June 9th at Husson University

Girls on the Run inspires girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through the research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls i develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. 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.

The full program fee is $145 but there is a sliding scale available, and as they told me on the phone, they've never turned away a girl who wants to participate over funding.