11 Cares for Kids: Girls on the Run Special Report

By: Lauren Whitney Email
By: Lauren Whitney Email

About two years ago 11 News covered a story on a local running group looking for volunteers.

Since I have afternoons off I thought it would be a great thing to do.
Not only has Girls on the Run changed my life but I’ve also seen the way it impacts the girls who participate.

To get prepared for the season takes a lot of work and one local woman is the main reason behind its success.

Melanie Steele is working double duty to prepare for the upcoming school year.

She’s is not only getting her own kids ready for the upcoming school year, she's spent the summer preparing for 1,000 girls in the Grand Valley to take part in Girls on the Run.

She's Program Director for Girls on the Run, a program that trains 3rd through 5th grade girls to run a 5K.

And while they're gaining speed and endurance they're also learning much more about themselves.

The end of the season race usually ends in great emotion but it's not just the girls who feel on top of the world.

The coaches do too.

Girls on the Run is more than just an after school program, it's something Melanie believes in.

And it's a program both of her daughters love.

For information on how you can become a coach or how to get your daughter involved you can email Melanie at melanie@girlsontherungv.com or click the link below.

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