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FAIR HAVEN: GIRLS, AND FRIENDS, ON THE RUN

fh race 060615 18fh race 060615 29It was a morning of flying ponytails, the occasional tutu and exultant finishes as hundreds of girls, joined by other runners of both genders, completed the Girls on the Run 5k in Fair Haven Saturday morning.

The race, one of many organized nationally by the Junior League, is the culmination of a 10-week program aimed at teaching girls in grades 3 through 8 life skills and confidence.

redbankgreen grabbed dozens of photos. Check them out to see if you know any of these future world-beaters.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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FAIR HAVEN: GOSLINGS AND GIRLS ON THE GO

fh geese 060415 fh geese 060415 2A pair of adult Canada Geese shepherded a clutch of goslings around a Fair Haven backyard near Schwenker’s Pond Thursday.

And speaking of young ones… Fair Haven hosts a Girls on the Run 5k for girls from the third through eighth grades Saturday at 9 a.m. starting and ending at Fair Haven Fields.  (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

STARTING LINE FOR GIRLS ON THE RUN 5k

gotrsv_logoOn Sunday, June 8, the Junior League of Monmouth County will present their first annual Girls on the Run 5K event in Fair Haven, as part of what’s being described as a transformational physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in grades 3 through 8.

Scheduled to commence 9:30 am at Fair Haven Fields on Dartmouth Avenue, the event begins with 8 am packet pickup and registration, and runs a USATF Certified course with two water stops along the way, as well at the finish. Awards will be given out to first, second and third place winners in the various age categories.

The race is the “celebratory” culmination of a ten-week Spring 2014 Girls on the Run program that began on March 24, and is designed “to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.”

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CELEBRATING GIRL POWER, IN LITTLE SILVER

girls_on_the_runOn Wednesday evening, April 9, the Little Silver Woman’s Club (111 Church Street) will be the setting for “an inspirational evening,” as the Junior League of Monmouth County hosts a discussion with Molly Barker, founder of the non-profit organization Girls on the Run.

During the 7:30 pm presentation, “Barker will share the powerful message that the only limitations to the achievement of self-worth, contentment, and joy are those we place on ourselves: We must be the change for the change we wish to occur. Barker’s story motivates volunteers, parents and community organizers to innovatively break free of the same-old, same-old; encourages college students to celebrate their gifts, honor their voices, and activate their power in the awaiting world; and gives women and girls the tools to break free from the negative, limiting talk, both internally and externally, and to joyfully and boldly pursue their dreams.”

A transformational physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in grades 3 through 8, Girls on the Run teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The 10 week long program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event, scheduled for June 8 in the Red Bank area. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

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