• 10th Annual Girls on the Run Saginaw Bay Celebratory 5K

    Community Members of All Ages Invited to Register for 10th Annual Girls on the Run Saginaw Bay Celebratory 5K
    “Reindeer Run” Through Downtown Saginaw
    For the 10th year, Girls on the Run Saginaw Bay will host a celebratory 5K open to men, women, community runners and walkers of all ages. Affectionately known as the “Reindeer Run”, more than 800 antlered participants will run, walk, and skip through streets of Downtown Saginaw thanks to our presenting sponsor, Burt Watson.
    The 5K leads the Positive Results Downtown Holiday Parade on Saturday, November 23. Participants will start at the Castle Museum (500 Federal Avenue, Saginaw) at 10:45am and finish at the Andersen Enrichment Center (120 Ezra Rust, Saginaw) where the finish line will greet them with a unique hand painted medal, hot chocolate, cookies, shopping at the Downtown Saginaw Farmer's Market winter market tent, a display of cookie houses, and a great front row view of the Holiday Parade. Shuttles are available after the run on a limited basis from finish to start.
    The 5K is open to all community members and pre-registration is available online at www.gotrsaginawbay.org/5K until Thursday, November 21. For those registering before October 31, the cost to participate is $25 per individual and $30 after October 31. Discounts for families are available.
    “This 5K highlights and exemplifies the joy of the Girls on the Run season, and the positive things happening in downtown Saginaw,” says Jen Naegele, Council Director for Girls on the Run Saginaw Bay. “This is a fun, family-friendly, festive event where community members of all ages convene in celebratory camaraderie. The positive energy is palpable, from the dancing at the start line to the clasped hands and hugs through the final arch. Amidst hundreds of sets of antlers, heartwarming finishes, and crackling energy, it is impossible to leave this event without a smile.”
    Day-of registration will take place at the Castle Museum beginning at 9am on November 23 with music revving up the crowd before the 5K starts. Event organizers encourage participants to wear festive winter attire.
    Opportunities for sponsorships and volunteers are available. Details available on the 5K website at www.gotrsaginawbay.org/5K.
    About the 5K
    The 5K serves as the finale to the fall Girls on the Run season. More than 250 Girls on the Run participants from Saginaw, Bay, Arenac, Tuscola, and Huron counties will run alongside 250 running buddies and 85 coaches, as these 3rd through 8th grade girls complete their 10 weeks of self-esteem and healthy lifestyle training that lead them up to the 5K. Girls on the Run seeks to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. The goal is to create a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.
    This year’s participating schools include:
    Akron-Fairgrove Elementary
    All Saints Central Elementary School
    Atkins Elementary
    Au Gres-Sims Elementary
    Auburn Elementary
    Carrollton Elementary
    Chester Miller Elementary
    Freeland Elementary
    Hampton Elementary
    Handley Elementary
    Harbor Beach Elementary
    Havens Elementary
    KC Ling Elementary
    Kolb Elementary
    Linsday Elementary
    Mayville Elementary
    Nouvel Catholic Central Elementary
    Reese Middle School
    Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy
    Standish-Sterling Elementary
    Weiss Elementary

    Many thanks to the following 2019 sponsors for their support:
    Burt Watson Chevrolet
    Bay Area Runners Club
    Frankenmuth Credit Union
    Saginaw Community Foundation
    Charles F. and Adeline L. Barth Charitable Foundation
    Covenant HealthCare
    Harbor Beach Community Schools
    Garber Management Group
    Frankenmuth United Methodist Women
    Duperon Corporation
    Fullerton Tool Company
    Mobile TV Group
    Aldrich Enterprises
    Alpha Sigma Alpha
    Eggers Excavating
    Philoptochos Society, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
    Pit & Balcony Theatre
    Underground Railroad, Inc.
    For more information on the Girls on the Run 5K contact Race Director, Kristin Knoll at 989.714.4473.

    Photos from the 2018 event can be found online. Media are allowed to use.

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