UnitedHealthcare will be the presenting sponsor of two 5K races hosted
by Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia (GOTR NOVA), and will also be
the Front Runner sponsor of participating students at 10 Fairfax
The two 5K races, held in May and November, are the culminating events
of the Spring and Fall 2012 Girls on the Run seasons, where girls in
grades 3 through 8 learn life-long skills to improve their emotional and
physical health by training to either walk or run in a 5K race. Nearly
4,000 girls are expected to participate in the program thats designed
to provide pre-adolescent girls with the necessary tools to embrace
their individual strengths as they enter middle school and high school.
The first race the Girls on the Run Spring 5K presented by
UnitedHealthcare will take place at George Mason Universitys Fairfax
campus Sunday, May 20. The second race the Girls on the Run Fall 5K
Presented by UnitedHealthcare is currently scheduled for Nov. 18 at
Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va. The public is encouraged to come and
cheer thousands of girls who are expected to participate.
UnitedHealthcare is also serving as the sponsor for the Front Runner
event that allows girls in 10 additional Fairfax County schools to
participate in Girls on the Run programs this year.
The Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia events empower girls to
become strong, healthy young women, said Sandra B. Nichols, M.D., chief
medical officer of the Northeast Region, UnitedHealthcare Clinical
Services. UnitedHealthcare shares Girls on the Runs commitment to help
build girls self-esteem, promote greater self-awareness, instill a
sense of achievement, and adopt an active and healthier lifestyle.
UnitedHealthcare continues to be an outstanding advocate for the health
and well-being of girls and their families throughout Northern
Virginia, said Catherine Keightley, executive director, GOTR NOVA.
Were grateful to UnitedHealthcare for recognizing the power of our
program as we actively promote healthy lifestyles. Thanks to their
generous support, girls at 10 additional schools in Northern Virginia
will now be able to participate in GOTR, and the nearly 4,000 girls and
their families will benefit from UnitedHealthcares support of our
seasonal 5K races.
About Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia
Established in 2001, GOTR NOVA began its after school program with 27
girls. Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia is an after school program
for girls in grades 3 through 8 that uses the power of running to help
prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. GOTR
NOVA fields almost 300 teams in schools all across Northern Virginia,
reaching about 4,000 girls in each of the Spring and Fall sessions for a
total of nearly 8,000 girls each year. The 10-week programs include
twice-weekly lessons led by a corps of almost 600 volunteer female
coaches, who help the girls train for the 5K walk/run, and also mentor
the girls as they discuss important issues such as building positive
self-esteem and adopting healthy lifestyles.
The organizations goal is to engage the entire community to positively
impact the health and well-being of the girls of Northern Virginia, and
the coaches who serve them. For more information on Girls on the Run of
Northern Virginia visit www.gotrnova.org.
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with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health
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