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Date:10/15/2009

New SoleMates Program Seeks Adult Athletes to Go the Extra Mile to Support Local Councils

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Teen and pre-teen girls face peer pressure, cultural stereotypes and difficult choices every day that can have a dramatic impact on their futures. That is why former Ironman triathlete Molly Barker founded Girls on the Run, a non-profit prevention program that prepares girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.

The innovative program combines training for a 5k event with life-changing, confidence-boosting lessons that enhance the social, physical and mental health of eight to twelve year old girls. There are more than 3,100 Girls on the Run sites across the United States and Canada.

"I came up with the concept of Girls on the Run to provide girls with the tools to embrace their own unique gifts and talents. Girls today face a tremendous amount of pressure to conform to certain social and cultural stereotypes," said Girls on the Run founder Molly Barker.

"Running is a shared experience. It provides an incredible sense of accomplishment and joy when crossing the finish line, but even more so, it encourages personal awareness of the mental strength we possess as we train and work to reach our goal," said Barker.

SoleMates Fundraising Program

In May 2009, Girls on the Run launched SoleMates, an adult charity running program where female and male athletes who run marathons, half marathons or other events, raise money for local Girls on the Run councils. SoleMates participants agree to raise a minimum of $262 in conjunction with their event to donate to the Girls on the Run council of their choice. ($262 comes from the 26.2 miles in a marathon.)

Sarah Marsden from Minneapolis is participating in the SoleMates program in November, when she runs in the New York City marathon.

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