Yaich Brings Respect Through Running

Melissa Yaich has developed a new program to help young girls achieve self respect through running and physical fitness. Working through the national Girls on the Run nonprofit organization, Yaich and Geogie Koch developed a 12 week training program culminating in a 5 kilometre run. The Mountain Mail of Salida, Colorado wrote a story about the programme.

‘Girls on the Run’ to found local program

Two local runners are working to found a new program as part of an existing council of Girls On The Run, a non-profit development program for pre-teen girls.

Melissa Yaich is starting the program along with Geogie Koch.

The program is for girls 8-13 years old and combines a 12-week, 24-lesson curriculum with running training. The curriculum emphasize importance of healthy choices, avoiding peer pressure, and physical activity.

Classes will be delivered by volunteers who serve as role models and take place in after-school programs, recreation centers and other non-profit settings.

The group will begin to meet this spring, and their mission is to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living through running and physical fitness.

Participants will meet two days per week and prepare for a 5k run to culminate the program. Each session will combine elements of classroom discussion and physical activity will be a part of every meeting.

The run will not be competitive, and participants are encouraged to walk or run the five kilometers.

Yaich was introduced to the program while training for the New York Marathon with her sister, who raised money for the group.

Koch is also a long-distance runner, currently training with Yaich for an upcoming marathon.

Colorado chapters currently exist in the Denver area as well as Grand Junction and the western slope.

Girls On The Run is an international parent organization, responsible for more than 160 local chapters across the United States and Canada.

Yaich and Koch are looking for coaches and volunteers to help get things started.

For more information about the program, visit: www.girlsontherun.com.

Yaich can be contacted at melissa.yaich@gmail.com, or at 539-5078 for more information.

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