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Girls on the Run partners with PC student-athletes

More than 100 members of women’s athletics teams at Providence College will be cheering on participants running in the Girls on the Run 5K.

The event begins at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 17, at the College’s new track and turf field complex at Hendricken Field.

Girls on the Run Rhode Island is an organization that promotes social, emotional, and physical health among girls ages 8-13 though self-awareness, community service, and training for a 3.1-mile running event. 

The 5K serves as the culminating event of the program. This fall, more than 100 girls in Rhode Island met biweekly in teams of 8 to 15 to explore issues such as nutrition, friendship, and body image, as well as to complete a community impact project. 

PC’s women student-athletes wrote letters of encouragement to the girls to help them achieve their goal. Student-athletes from field hockey, softball, ice hockey, track, cross-country, soccer, and tennis also will help set up for the 5K and celebrate the runners.

“Girls on the Run provides a unique opportunity to preteen girls,” said the organization's executive direcor, Michelle Duso. “PC and Girls on the Run share the goal of creating generations of Rhode Island girls who believe in themselves, the benefits and fun of physical activity, and value the quality of their communities.”

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