Nonprofit of the Week: Girls on the Run

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Girls on the Run is a unique nonprofit organization for girls in third through eighth grade that encourages healthy living. Photo courtesy of Girls on the Run.

Girls on the Run of North Central West Virginia is one of the many local nonprofit organizations found here in Morgantown. Their mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. Girls from third grade through eighth grade are invited to participate in the program. The program is currently available in eight local Morgantown schools.

The program seeks to combine training for a 5k running event with healthy living education. The name can be misleading because the group does much more than learn to eat healthy and stay active. Running and healthy eating habits are just a small portion of what the organization teaches the participants over a 12 week span. Executive Director and founder of the Morgantown chapter, Laurie Abildso says the program is about healthy living in general. She says many of their units include lessons on bullying, gossiping, and community service.

The program is an affiliate council with Girls on the Run International that has locations nationwide. The annual North Central WV Girls on the Run 5K will be held May 17, 2014 right here in Morgantown. Recently, the organization has expanded to cover more than Monongalia County. The nonprofit will now be servicing Preston, Harrison, Marion, and Wetzel counties in addition to Monongalia County.

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