New location for Girls on the Run

Hundreds of elementary school-age girls from Northwest Ottawa County will be running around Grand Haven High School and its neighborhoods on Saturday morning. The Girls on the Run 2011 Celebration 5K will begin and end at the high school's Buccaneer Stadium in Grand Haven Township. In previous years, the event was staged at Lakeshore Middle School.
Mark Brooky
May 18, 2011


Sarah Bolman, the coordinator for the program in Ottawa and Allegan counties, said the decision to make the change to the township was difficult — mainly due to the support they’ve received over the years from the community surrounding the Grand Haven middle school.

“The decision was made by several people at the Center for Women in Transition, and also on our advisory committee,” she said. “Collectively, we believed that the high school allowed for more space for the growing number of girls. When Girls on the Run started in Ottawa County, we were just a few teams totaling 50 girls. (It) has now spread to include 1,675 in both Ottawa and Allegan counties. We hope that supporters from the community are still able to make it to the event to cheer on the girls at our new location.”

The event kicks off at 9:30 a.m. and the run is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.

The Celebration 5K for girls participating in the program that attend schools in southern Ottawa County and Allegan County is scheduled for Friday night at Holland Municipal Stadium.

To read more of this story, see today’s print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



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