This morning was the “Girls on the Run NoVA” 5k running event at George Mason University. There were over 7,000 runners participating, including 3,500 elementary schools girls representing over two hundred public and parochial schools.
Yes, I’m a fanatic … about youth fitness. One of my biggest alarms over the past 15 years has been the continuing decline in physical fitness requirements at our public schools — and the concomitant increase in childhood obesity.
I’ve heard every excuse in the book about why our public schools can’t address this public health crisis, which is more prevalent than teenage pregnancy, smoking or drugs.
But I digress.
Because today it was a great day with thousands of girls and their “buddy runners” running through the rolling hills of the GMU campus.
Many thanks to the sponsor United Healthcare and organizers, especially Caryn Moran, for continuing to expand GOTR which establishes after-school running clubs to prepare for today’s race. They are teaching children to push themselves physically and mentally, as opposed to wasting time with the latest “I-Phone” gimmick.
My own daughter ran with the Mosby Woods Elementary team, along with my wife who “coached” the team. I ran at the front of the pack, which meant I could finish early (23:20) and then cheer on the madding crowd.
This is a great program. I’d like to see it expand statewide.