Girls on the Run 5K set for Nov. 14 at Dillon Park in Noblesville

A summer Girls on the Run event. (Submitted photo)

A summer Girls on the Run event. (Submitted photo)

By Mark Ambrogi

Girls on the Run of Central Indiana will do exactly that on Nov. 14.

The group will hold its fall 5K at Noblesville’s Dillon Park, starting at 9:30 a.m. The nonprofit is partnering with Noblesville Parks and Recreation. Participants from Hamilton, Boone and Hancock counties will take part.

“Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident, and we do that through basically an after-school program that has experienced-based curriculum,” said Lauren Littlefield, president of the board of directors for the nonprofit GOTRCI. “We integrated running into a learning experience for the girls. We work with third through fifth graders for Girls on the Run. We have sixth through eighth grade groups for girls called Heart and Sole.”

Littlefield, a Noblesville resident, said no girl runs alone. They run with coaches and running buddies.

“A lot of parents choose to participate with their daughters,” Littlefield said. “We always have a really good turnout from the community supporting the girls as well. It’s a little different than other 5Ks I’ve been in because the girls actually start at the very front.”

Littlefield said all the girls get to lead the way and everybody else takes off after them.

There are approximately 260 girls in the GOTRCI program. Lorri Brune serves as the executive director.

The group was incorporated in 2010 as Girls on the Run of Hamilton County. It now serves Boone, Clinton, Hancock and Tippecanoe counties.

“We’re excited it has expanded beyond our Hamilton County roots,” Littlefield said. “The happiness of the girls is so infectious.”

The proceeds support scholarships for girls to join the program.

The entry for ages 4 through 15 is $12.50, and entry for adults (ages 16 and over) is $25. For a family of four, the cost is $70. Children under 4 are free. Register online through Nov. 13. For race day entries, cost rises to $15 for ages 4 through 12 and $30 for adults. A family of four costs $80. For more, visit gotrci.org.

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