Girls on the Run

Tom Flanigan

Saturday(9/30) was a big fundraiser for Leon County's Girls On the Run program. Supporters were turning exercise into cash at Premier Health and Fitness.

Tom Flanigan

A life skills program for elementary school girls is extremely effective, according to a new independent study.

While most graduates walk to get their diplomas, a program to empower young girls has its graduates running to get theirs. Saturday (12/3) was the 6th 5K graduation event for Girls on the Run of the Big Bend.

Girls on the Run Cross the Finish Line

Dec 7, 2015
Tom Flanigan

Leon County's newest "Girls on the Run" class held its graduation exercises on Saturday. It was literal exercise as the girls and their fans ran a 5K race.

More than 300 people either ran or cheered as each graduate came across the finish line at Premier Health and Fitness. Among the graduates, DeSoto Trail Fifth Grader Steffie Harris who says the program taught her a lot more than just how to run better.

“Well you can learn to work together, so there’s teamwork,” she said shortly after finishing the course. “And to be confident in yourself and not be somebody else.”

Making a Run for Girl Power

May 12, 2015

More than one hundred pre-teen girls were headed for the finish line of an empowering experience on Saturday. It was actually a graduation ceremony disguised as a five-K run.

The 3rd-through-8th grade girls were participant in the spring Girls on the Run program, which culminated in a 5K run on the FSU campus.  Girls on the Run Executive Director Ericka McKibbin was among the hundreds of people cheering on the runners.