Fourth-grader Adison Wells said her dad, Percy, will join her Friday night. A cheerleader and basketball player, she said this is the first time she's tried to run a distance.
"The first time we practiced running 3 miles, my group barely ever stopped to walk," she said.
Her dad will join her for Friday's run, and Alison is willing to cut him a break if necessary. She said he used to work out at a gym but has been busy.
"I'm probably going to encourage him," she said, and if he needs to take a couple breaks to walk, that will be OK with her.
Alison said she's made new friends in the program.
"It really did make me feel healthier," she said. She's already thinking about middle school track.
Volunteer Sarah Casey, an avid runner, marveled at how the girls have blossomed through the program. She said if there had been a program like Girls on the Run when she was this age, it would have changed her life.
"I was so shy," she said.
Wallace said the group will be meeting soon to determine when and where it will offer its next program.
Girls on the Run collaborates with national sponsors as well as nonprofit partners. The local program is supported by ChildLaw Services, a Princeton-based nonprofit organization that advocates for the well-being of children through legal representation and policy development. ChildLaw Services provided financial support for the local program.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.