40 take part in Girls on the Run

The goal of the Girls on the Run program is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. On May 10 in Elkins’ Riverbend Park, 40 girls inspired our community to do better, try harder and be better at the third annual Roundhouse Rumble.

Thirty girls ages 10 and younger finished the 5K race with the support and encouragement of their families, coaches and teammates. Many community members came out to run along with them, race each other and support the program.

Joel Wolpert was the first across the line in 17:14, and Heather Robertson took first for the women (and second overall) in 23:42. Lily Miller was the youngest finisher at 6 years old in 34:07. Her sister, Gracie Miller, who finished five minutes ahead of her, ran back onto the course to encourage her sister as she finished.

The Girls on the Run program uses running to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. The Roundhouse Rumble 5K is the season finale for all the local Girls on the Run programs, when the girls get to share their 5K experience with our entire community.

The opportunity allows inspiration to flow both directions – from the community to the girls and from the girls to the community. Consider joining in next Mother’s Day weekend in Elkins, to find inspiration, share enthusiasm and connect with your community.

For full results and photos from the event, visit mountainstategotr.org.