A program that aims to help girls’ build confidence and self-esteem through running hosted its annual 5K at the Cumberland Fairgrounds Sunday.
Girls on the Run is a nonprofit that teaches girls life skills and a lifelong appreciation for health and fitness. They take part in a 10-week program that culminates in a service project that helps their communities.
The 5K is a celebration of all their hard work and the beginning of a lifetime of healthy activity.
According to Girls on the Run, girls’ confidence drops twice as much as boys’ by adolescence. The organization wants to combat that by helping girls realize their potential and become leaders.
In their lessons, the girls learn about the organization’s 5 Cs: confidence, character, care, connections and competence.
Girls on the Run was established in 1996 and came to Maine in 2012. It has grown rapidly since then.