When a dozen or so young women took off on a 3.1-mile run last Saturday, it marked the culmination of weeks of work, not only on running but on some essential skills that could last a lifetime.

In addition to completing a 5K run or walk, the Girls on the Run program includes goals of developing a stronger sense of identity, learning to stand up for oneself, having an improved body image, and building supportive relationships.

Jenn Vintigni is sport and fitness director at YWCA Gettysburg and Adams County. You may reach her at jvintigni@ywcagettysburg.org or 717.334.9171 x 119.

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