Girls on the Run of Greater Alaska held their spring 5K run on May 16 at Sandy Beach in Juneau, marking the end of the 12-week program.
Corey Murphy is a coach for Girls on the Run, and says it’s about a lot more than running. “Every lesson we have, we run – but we also do a different activity. We talk about self image, and we talk about bullying, and we talk about positive talk, and making friends,” she says.
“The running part doesn’t focus on being athletic or competitive, it focuses on accomplishment,” said program coordinator Julie Walker. “I think that that’s one thing that really makes this program stand out.”
Rachel Wintz is also a program coordinator. She sees a lot of progress in the girls who participate.
“It’s just great to see the girls grow and change throughout the program,” she says. “It’s amazing to see the transformations throughout the season.”
The first Girls on the Run council in the state began in Juneau, and is in the process of expanding across Alaska.
“We’re really excited to move forward and inspire girls across the state,” says Walker.
- Jenkins was taking a practice run through the class four rapids when a bystander filming the event, noticed another participant, Daniel Hartung, 64, of Indian Valley, flipped out of his kayak and became pinned under a log.
- The Tazlina is the first of two new Alaska Class ferries that the Ketchikan Vigor Alaska shipyard is building for the state. Its two halves are complete and welded together, and shipyard workers are busy getting interior spaces done.
- The Alaska Marine Highway is taking reservations for October through April sailings. The schedule changed so the Matanuska can get new engines.
- The U.S. Department of Labor says the state ferry system is violating the Family and Medical Leave Act. It's filed a civil complaint in federal court.