The Elkin Elementary School girls running program, G-Force, ran in the Habitat Hammer 5k on April 16 in Elkin. Thirteen girls in the G-Force program competed in the 3.1-mile race.
G-Force girls completed the race by running and run/walking. The fastest times of the group were 24:36 by Kalie Cook, followed by Maggie Hall in 25:46 and Brooke Moore in 25:54. Kali took second place overall in the women’s race. Maggie and Brooke took second and third places in the girls’ under 14 age group. Many parents and family members ran and walked in the race to show support for their G-Force girl.
G-Force stands for Girl Force and is founded on the principle that a fit girl is a powerful girl. The program promotes fitness, nutrition, sportsmanship, and supporting classmates as part of a healthy lifestyle. Girls train over 10-weeks to either walk or run a 5k. Girls meet with coaches one afternoon a week for a fitness work-out and discussions on healthy eating, integrating fitness into their life, and supporting teammates. Twenty-two girls from Elkin Elementary School, grades third through sixth, participated in the program this spring.
G-Force Coach Crystal Morphis said, “This was G-Force’s sixth year competing at the Habitat Hammer race. All of the girls completed the 5k in less than 45 minutes, one of our fastest overall times yet. Every G-Force girl worked hard this spring to make significant improvements in her fitness level. By completing the race, they prove that anyone can reach a fitness goal with regular training and support from family and friends.”
The program was sponsored this spring by Farm Bureau Insurance – Greg Sidden Agency, Elkin Pediatric and Adult Medicine, and Elkin Parks and Recreation. Through sponsorships, the program is provided at no cost.
G-Force will hold another 10-week session in the fall.