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Girls on the Run registration begins Aug. 26 for Watauga, Avery and Wilkes counties

gotr_registration_100.jpgBOONE – Local girls in grades 3 through 8 are invited to participate in Girls on the Run of the High Country (GOTR).  Registration for the fall semester will begin online Aug. 26 at and the program will begin the week of Sept. 9.

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run of the High Country serves local girls in grades 3 through 8 in Watauga, Wilkes and Avery counties. Registration for the healthy living, life skills-building program begins Aug. 26. (Photos by Janice Welsh)

Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running.  The 12-week program innovatively weaves training for the ZAP Fitness Girls on the Run 5K with lessons focused on developing essential life skills. The lessons inspire the girls to be strong, contented and self-confident individuals who intentionally choose an authentic and healthy lifestyle. By gaining a greater sense of self-awareness and personal achievement, the girls are empowered to believe in themselves.

There are Girls on the Run programs in more than 200 cities in the United States and Canada with more than 120,000 participants annually.

Each local group is open to 15 students and will meet twice per week for an hour and 15 minutes.  The groups will meet at the following elementary schools in Watauga County: Hardin Park, Green Valley, Parkway, Blowing Rock and Mabel.

Avery County GOTR school sites include Riverside, Banner Elk, Newland, Crossnore and Avery County Middle School.  Girls from Wilkes County may participate at Boomer Ferguson Elementary and Wilkes Central Middle School. Girls from any school, in addition to those who are home-schooled, may enroll in any of the sessions at the various sites.

Girls on the Run of the High Country is made possible by its founding donors, including Appalachian State University’s Institute for Health and Human Services, ZAP Fitness, the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s Wellness Center, Dianne DaVant and Associates, Chip and Amanda Williamson, Rob and Jackie Dyer of the Best Cellar/Inn at Ragged Gardens, High Country Energy Solutions, the Walter J. Hoyt Family, Mast General Store, John and Faye Cooper, Dentist Office of Mahew, Scheffler, Conn and Hardaway, Larry and Mary Ellen Horine, Gaines Kiker Silversmith/Goldsmith, Jay and Michelle Johnson and Boone Drugs Inc.

Girls on the Run of the High Country also receives grant funding support through the Appalachian Women’s Fund and the Mountain Electric Cooperative.

To register or for more information, visit or contact Mary Sheryl Horine at Appalachian’s Institute for Health and Human Services at 828-252-7557 or