Girls on the Run of Berks County is Back, Fall Registration Open

Photo courtesy of Girls on the Run Berks.

Girls on the Run of Berks is back for the Fall 2021 season with registration now open for the GOTR Berks Fall 2021 Program. Open to girls in Berks and Schuylkill counties, Girls on the Run Berks offers Girls on the Run for girls in 3rd-5th grades and Heart & Sole for girls in 6th-8th grades.

The Fall season starts the week of September 20 and runs through November 13, the date of the season-ending Fall 5K celebration at Penn State Berks.

“We are determined to build back for 2021 and to that end, we are excited to announce the return of full, in-person programming, including the seasonal 5K celebrations,” stated Executive Director Kirsten Haas.

Girls on the Run of Berks currently has 13 teams open: Amanda E. Stout Elementary (grades 3-4)-GOTR, Berks Heritage Center (community team, grades 3-5)-GOTR, Blue Mountain Elementary East (grades 3-5)-GOTR, Conrad Weiser West Elementary (grades 3-4)-GOTR, Daniel Boone Middle School (grades 6-8)-Heart & Sole, Fleetwood Area Middle School (grade 5 and grades 6-8)-both, Mifflin Area YMCA (community team, grades 3-5)-GOTR, Valley Elementary (grades 3-5)-GOTR, Shiloh Hills Elementary (grades 3-5)-GOTR, Wilson Southern Middle School (grades 6-8)-Heart & Sole, Wyomissing Hills Playground (community teams, grades 3-5 and grades 6-8)-both.

Applications are still being accepted for volunteer Coaches. “The expansion of our programs to more community sites means we can serve girls even if their school does not host a program,” explains Program Director Tania Hollos. “We had a lot of success with our community teams last year and plan to continue that positive direction.”

“Last year was a tough one for us as opportunities for community outreach were limited. Nonetheless, we persevered to deliver Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole to over 100 girls,” continued Haas. “Each one of those girls came away from the program with confidence, new friends and an understanding of how they can make a positive impact on the lives of others in their communities.”

“Girls on the Run of Berks is here for ALL girls in Berks and Schuylkill counties,” agreed Hollos.

Girls on the Run of Berks is able to adapt its afterschool programming to be offered in a safe virtual space, if necessary, so that participants do not miss out on the social, emotional and physical outcomes of the program. For additional information about Girls on the Run, visit gotrberks.org.

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