Saturday April 8 2017
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New Balance Girls on the Run 5k Event Recap

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A Tale of Two Runners

Over 100 Girls on the Run 5K events across the country took place this year as the culmination of the 12-week after school program. Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Girls on the Run of Magee-Womens Hospital hosted its 9th Annual 5K event at Hartwood Acres in May. Out of 1,350 runners that day, two 11-year-old girls from different schools found themselves at the front of the pack. With less than a mile to go, Lauren Allen of Pine Richland and Elizabeth Dolan of Hampton demonstrated maturity beyond their years, and showed what it truly means to be a “Girl on the Run.”   

Ironically, Elizabeth and Lauren are only one day apart in age. Here are their stories:

“I was near the end of the race when I caught up to another runner. We started talking about our schools and running tips, and before we knew it we reached the top of the hill and were looking down at the finish line. I held my hand out to give her a high five and she just took my hand, and we ran down the hill together. We held hands and crossed the finish line together. We were very proud to have finished the race. Afterward we found out each other and hugged one another. Lauren was from Pine Richland, which is a school district near us. I hope I can meet up with Lauren another time.”
– Elizabeth Dolan, 11, Hampton

“This was my full first year participating in the Girls On The Run program and I was excited to finish the year with the race at Hartwood Acres. I was amazed to see just how many girls from across Pittsburgh were members of other programs at so many other schools. When we were called to line up for the start, I was nervous. A friend from another school—Hannah, who is a very good runner and had a strong chance to win the race—saw me looking so nervous and invited me to stand next to her at the front. I thought for a moment about how Hannah's actions showed true GOTR spirit: supporting a friend and showing kindness. As I ran, I could hear other racers encourage me as I passed them. Their support made me cheer for them, too. Elizabeth and I found each other with about one KM left to go. We introduced ourselves and began talking to each other. Elizabeth suggested that we cross the finish line together. I thought it was a great idea. Grabbing Elizabeth's hand and running across the finish line together was so much better than if I had crossed it on my own. Making a friend like her on the racecourse makes me want to sign up for GOTR again!”
Lauren Allen, 11, Pine Richland