Girls on the Run 5K Debuts in Mifflinburg

BY JACOB TANNER

MIFFLINBURG, PA--The Girls on the Run of Greater Susquehanna Valley 5K race made its debut in Mifflinburg Community Park, and was held on Saturday, May 3. The 5K was a very unique and fun event. A few days before the race took place, race coordinator for Girls on the Run, Meredith McLean, shared just a few of the special traits of this particular race: Participants would be able to spray paint their hair a variety of colors, have their faces painted, and even get (fake) tattoos. There would be a fun Zumba workout to warm-up before the race. In a statement to promote the race, McLean shared that the race has, “…an overwhelming atmosphere because the girls are just very excited to start this race.” Although it is called “Girls on the Run” males usually participate as well.

Saturday morning came, and while cloudy in some places, the weather was good for running. The atmosphere in Mifflinburg Community Park was ecstatic as the runners waited to begin their race. Excitement was indeed flowing through the air as the signal was given and the runners began their 5K trek at around 10 a.m. The race made its way through the town of Mifflinburg before making its way back to the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail for an exciting finish. Before the race, close to 600 participants were anticipated. In the end, 465 names were posted on the overall finisher list.

As was already stated, males did participate in the race, and the first place finisher was in fact a male. William Sigl, age 17, finished in 19:19. Kenneth Klose followed not far behind, finishing in 19:52. Coming up in third place overall was Kent Gustavson in 22:41.

The first female to cross the finish line was 11-year-old Evette Davis in a time of 24:11. She placed 6th overall. She was followed by second place female, eight-year-old Marissa Allen, in 24:14. Delaney Humphrey, 11, was the third girl to cross the finish line and completed the race in a time of 24:36.

The race really did have a fun-filled atmosphere. Some participants were seen running with “Olaf the Snowman” from Disney’s Frozen. They were part of the Middleburg Girls on the Run race team. One person even brought life-sized cut-outs of members of the boy band One Direction to watch the race. The whole race event really was exciting and fun, and an inspiration to the young girls.

Pictures of the event can be viewed on the program’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/gotrgsv. One of the statements the group made on their Facebook page was, “There are no words that can capture the spirit that filled everyone who witnessed our girls crossing the finish line as they realized their greatest potential!” Indeed, a big congratulations goes out to each person who participated in the race. Keep up the great work!

The race was presented by Susquehanna Valley Bank. A big thanks to all of the volunteers and other helpers who participated to make the race the huge success that it was. Alpha Sigma Alpha of Bloomsburg University donated a truckload of water, while the Central PA Chamber of Commerce recently gave a finish line arch to be used for race events.

The Girls on the Run 5K is part of the wonderful Girls on the Run program for girls in the Union, Snyder, Northumberland, and Montour county school districts. The program aims to teach the girls about important topics like body image, serving their community, bullying awareness, and self-esteem, while they train for a 5K race. A statement from their Web site explains, “Girls on the Run inspires girls to take charge of their lives and define the