Girls on the Run: Hosts 13th Annual 5K on November 6th

Girls on the Run of South Central Wisconsin

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Girls on the Run 5K Celebrates Fall Season

Girls on the Run of South Central Wisconsin will host the 13th Annual Girls on the Run Fall 5K presented by SSM Health on Saturday, November 6th at the Waunakee Village Center. Girls on the Run is a positive youth development program designed to teach critical life skills and inspire 3-8th grade girls to be joyful, healthy and confident through running. During the eight-week program, girls participate in lessons that foster confidence, build peer connections, and encourage community service while they prepare for the end-of-season celebratory 5K event.

The 5K run is the culminating experience for the Girls on the Run fall season. Over 200 volunteer coaches are supporting nearly 700 girls at 50 sites throughout South Central Wisconsin. Programming is taking place at schools and sites in Cross Plains, DeForest, Madison, McFarland, Middleton, Milton, Monona, Mount Horeb, New Glarus, Oregon, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, Verona and Waunakee.

Jennifer Frank, Marketing Manager for SSM Health shares, “SSM Health is excited to provide support to the youth participants and volunteer coaches. With missions so closely aligned, we couldn’t be prouder to work together inspiring healthier kids and communities.”

Participation in the 5K event is open to the public and all proceeds from the event benefit Girls on the Run of South Central Wisconsin and their mission to help girls activate their limitless potential and boldly pursue their dreams. The Girls on the Run 5K presented by SSM Health is a family-friendly event. Early Bird registration is open through October 24th. The $30 registration fee includes an event t-shirt and finisher medal.

Christine Benedict, Executive Director for Girls on the Run of South Central Wisconsin shares, “We are so excited to be able to gather together again safely in celebration of all that our participants and their coaches have accomplished this season. Crossing the finish line gives participants a tangible sense of achievement and a framework for setting and achieving life goals. It’s truly a spectacle of girl power.”

The event begins at 9:00am on Saturday, November 6th at the Waunakee Village Center. Event day registration ($40) is available. For more information about the event, registration, and volunteer opportunities, visit

About Girls on the Run of South Central Wisconsin: Girls on the Run SCWI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering positive youth development programming in Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Rock, and Sauk Counties. Girls on the Run SCWI is an independent council of Girls on the Run International, which includes more than 200 councils in the U.S. and Canada. Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Trained volunteer coaches lead small teams through the research-based lessons which include dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Girls in 3rd-5th grade develop essential skills to help them prepare for adolescence and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with the girls creating and executing a community impact project and completing a celebratory 5K event. Since 2005, over 15,000 girls at over 100 program sites throughout South Central WI have benefited from Girls on the Run.

For more information about Girls on the Run of South Central Wisconsin, visit:

About SSM Health in Wisconsin 

SSM Health ( is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through a robust and fully integrated health care delivery system. The organization’s more than 40,000 employees and physicians are committed to providing exceptional health care services and revealing God’s healing presence to everyone they serve.

In Wisconsin, SSM Health employs approximately 14,500 people, serving the south-central part of the state through a community-based network of leading physicians/providers, and inpatient and outpatient care facilities. The organization provides high-quality coordinated care across seven hospitals, ten post-acute care facilities, and more than 85 physician offices and other outpatient care sites. SSM Health also serves nearly 398,000 lives through Dean Health Plan, making it one of the largest and most diversified HMOs in the Midwest.