Young girls from five Spring Branch ISD elementary campuses joined together earlier this fall in a life-changing experience when they all ran together in a 5K practice run held Nov. 20 at Spring Woods High School.
The SBISD Girls on the Run groups, with coordination from cross country coach Gary Derks, were coached by cross country runners who served as “buddy” type runners and mentor motivators during the 3.2-mile practice run.
Many of the girls later completed an official 5K run at Bear Creek Park on Dec. 6.
At the practice run, Girls on the Run members were supported and encouraged by parents, adult officials and community members, many of whom joined the young runners for a lap or two during the practice and offered encouragement.
Coach Derks shared words of inspiration with the girls and encouraged them all to follow their dreams, set and reach their goals, make wise choices, and to listen and learn from high school and adult mentors.
The SBISD Girls on the Run groups are one of many student activities and fitness programs sponsored through SBISD’s Advanced Movers and Health Fitness units and department offerings.