LEWISTON — The YWCA of Central Maine has announced the return of Girls on the Run!, an empowerment-based running team for girls in grades three to five.

Each practice includes discussions about issues important to young girls, including self-esteem, friendship, body positivity and media. These themes are woven into running games, workouts and hands-on activities. The season includes a community service project and a celebratory 5K at the Cumberland Fairgrounds.

Girls on the Run! is for girls of all athletic experience and abilities, and the program emphasizes achieving workout goals at any speed.

The YWCA team is free for participating girls. Practices will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at the YWCA beginning March 23.

Parents or guardians can register children online at www.girlsontherunmaine.org. Paper registration is also available at the YWCA. The team will consist of up to 15 girls and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

FMI: 207-795-4050, www.girlsontherunmaine.org, [email protected]

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