Left to right: Angela Diemel (teacher/running buddy), Ka’ili Sagapolu (participant) and Angie Davidson (teacher/running buddy).
Community running buddies (l-r) Brian Walters, Brian Lang, Norma Barrett and Doug Falls.

The non-profit organization Girls on the Run (GOTR) Roanoke Valley – a physical activity based, positive youth development program that empowers third through eighth-grade girls to recognize their inner strength and what makes them unique – held their season-ending celebratory 5k at Greenhill Park on December 2.

From September to November, approximately 65 girls participated in the GOTR program. During each bi-weekly practice over a ten-week curriculum, trained coaches broached such topics as how to develop self-confidence, being comfortable in your skin and finding ways to resolve conflicts.

“This program does an amazing job of teaching girls to set goals and…



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