Last night I joined some friends for the Nashville chapter of Girls on the Run’s Evening of Gratitude. It was a way for the organization to give thanks to its local supporters and recognize GOTR volunteers.
If you’re not familiar with Girls on The Run, following is some background information from their website:
Girls on the Run® (GOTR) was founded in 1993 by Molly Barker, MSW and four-time Hawaii Ironman triathlete. Girls on the Run® is a non-profit organization with the mission of educating and preparing girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The innovative, experiential program combines training for a 5k event with life-changing self-esteem enhancing lessons that enhance social, physical and mental health in adolescent girls.
Today, there are Girls on the Run® programs in over 150 cities across North America, with tens of thousands of girls and women participating.
Last night’s stories from the participants, coaches, and running buddies were all so inspiring, and I realized that even though the GOTR Nashville chapter was started only four years ago, it has already impacted many lives…including this group of lovely ladies…
And no event involving runners would be complete without plenty of pasta…
Even though I haven’t laced up my running shoes in several years, I happily loaded up my plate up with all sorts of goodies, and I must say that the four cheese ravioli was definitely my favorite. Thank you Maggiano’s!
It was a wonderful evening spent with friends…
…celebrating an amazing organization. GOTR, thanks for all that you do. You truly are changing lives.
Chucks will be back tomorrow.