Since 2010, hundreds of girls across Tucson in third through eighth grade have been inspired by Girls on the Run, a unique youth-development program that teaches life skills and builds confidence.
Culminating in a 5K run, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, the goal of the program is to unleash a sense of accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.
Tucson Medical Center is proud to welcome UnitedHealthcare as the presenting sponsor of the event, which will draw more than 200 girls from 17 elementary and middle schools to the downtown Tucson course.
“These are key years for girls as they begin to be more concerned about peer opinions and perceived social expectations about appearance,” said Julia Strange, TMC vice president of community benefit. “UnitedHealthcare’s focus on health and wellness makes it an ideal partner in helping us empower girls to develop healthy habits and foster pride in their accomplishments.”
“UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to be the presenting sponsor of this year’s Girls on the Run and 5K race, which will help young girls live healthier lives and learn how to become strong, independent and confident women,” said David Allazetta of UnitedHealthcare.
In addition to having a new presenting sponsor, the race also has a new location. Girls on the Run will be included in the 2016 TMC Get Moving Tucson weekend, taking place in downtown Tucson and starting on Church Street immediately north of Congress.
The day will kick off at 7:30 a.m. with the Tucson Lifestyle 5K Run/Walk for all ages, followed by the Girls on the Run 5K at 8:30 a.m. and the 9:30 a.m. Cox Charities Fit Kids One Mile for children under 12.
The following day, the TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon – the final event of the 2016 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown – begins at 7 a.m.
“This new format lets girls experience a much broader wellness event in which people are there to support each other and build a stronger Tucson,” said Mary Atkinson, TMC’s director of wellness.
“There’s really nothing like the buzz of race day, and I’m thrilled the community will be there to cheer for these girls as they pursue their goals.”
Proceeds from the TMC Get Moving Tucson Weekend will fund local charities, including Cox Charities, Team Hoyt Arizona, Reid Park Zoo, Child and Family Resources, and the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.