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Menomonee Falls – Learn, dream, live, run.

That will be the mission of as many as 15 local girls as they train for the 10th annual Girls on the Run of Greater Milwaukee event in June.

Registration is now open for what will be one of the first times Menomonee Falls has participated in the program, which Girls on the Run of Greater Milwaukee Director Tina Jones said is ultimately about self-awareness and personal growth.

"We are super excited to be bringing this empowerment program to young girls and their families in the Falls area,” Jones said. “This 10-week program teaches these young girls the importance of understanding their emotions and the importance of loving oneself, how to be a good teammate and community member, and why it is so important to take care of and value your body.”

Different sites throughout the region meet twice a week throughout the program and follow the curriculum to help prepare them for running a 5K in Milwaukee on June 4, explained Recreation Supervisor Candice Southcott.

“It’s really a great program to get involved with to help these girls connect with others and themselves,” said Southcott, who works in the School District of Menomonee Falls’ Community Education and Recreation Department. “It focuses on the whole self, including body, brain and social skills so they’re not just focusing on running.”

“While they are learning about these important topics, they are training for a 5K event where they are learning how hard work and effort can help them reach, what is to many people, children and adults alike, a really tough end goal,” Jones added.

The cost of the program is $175, which covers classes that meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 21 through June 4 at the gymnasium at Ben Franklin Elementary School, N81 W14701 Franklin Drive.

“Ultimately, we are trying to have every one of the girls who is in the program become more well-rounded by getting out there and getting physically active,” Southcott said. “Beyond that, though, we’re really empowering them to be responsible and make good decisions.”

For more information, or to register, visit www.gotr-milwaukee.org, or contact Southcott, soutcan@sdmfschools.org.

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