Outdoor Journal

Be a Wondergirl sidekick: Nearly 1,000 girls from all across Western North Carolina have weathered 14 weeks of training as they aim for running the Winter Wondergirl 5K on Saturday, Dec. 13. They’re almost ready, but to pull off the noon event, organizers need your help between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. that day.

The event is open to the public and features two divisions—a competitive chip-timed event and the Wondergirl 5K for current Girls on the Run and Girls on Track participants (along with their community running buddies). The races will have separate starts, with the competition going first, but both runs follow a challenging course through UNCA and the surrounding neighborhood. UNCA women’s basketball coach Betsy Blose and her Bulldog team will start the Wondergirl 5K.

The nonprofit Girls on the Run offers programs at the elementary- and middle-school levels. In addition to preparing for the 5K, this fall’s participants are taking part in a curriculum that addresses issues important to pre-adolescent girls, such as self-esteem, healthy lifestyle habits, goal setting, teamwork, promise keeping and good communication skills.

To volunteer or get more info, contact Rachelle Sorensen-Cox at 777-2786 rachellesorensencox@gmail.com. Or visit the Web site at www.gotrwnc.org/wondergirl5k.

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About Margaret Williams
Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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