You can run for the joy, fitness, T-shirt, companionship of other runners or for all those reasons at the third biannual Girls on the Run of Snohomish County 5k, set for Dec. 10 at Willis Tucker Park in Snohomish.
The non-competitive, untimed run is for all ages and for anyone able to run, skip, hop or walk. The run starts at 10 a.m., rain or shine, and is entirely inside the park. Face-painting, poster-making, Happy Hair and more fun activities will start at 8:30 a.m.
Participation for adults costs $35 and includes a T-shirt. Kids ages 7 to 15 cost $15 and also receive a T-shirt. Children under 7 are free and also get a shirt (if registered). Willis Tucker Park is located at 6705 Puget Park Dr. in Snohomish.
Proceeds from the 5k support the Girls on the Run program that began in Snohomish County last year and has served nearly 300 girls since then. The goal is to build self-awareness, confidence and dedication to fitness in third- through sixth-grade girls. Girls meet with coaches twice a week during the 10-week program to learn strategies and skills for successfully navigating through life. As part of the program, girls work toward a goal of completing a 5k.
Girls on the Run Snohomish County offers the program to 10 teams at nine sites in Edmonds, Everett, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish this fall. In the spring, it will expand into middle schools with its Heart and Sole program for older girls.