MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) – Hundreds of people came out Saturday for the Blackhawk College 5-K Hustle, including “Girls on the Run Quad Cities.”
The organization teaches girls about healthy lifestyle habits as a way of building confidence. Girls on the Run partnered with the 5-K for a celebratory race at the end of their 12-week session. Organizers say Saturday’s race is a great way for the girls to practice what they’ve learned.
“They’ve grown to love themselves, and through that they have learned to have a passion for running as well. Running is a small part of the balanced program,” said Tracy Kotecki, the Executive Director for Girls on the Run.
Dayna Page enjoyed participating in the race. “We had a lot of fun working together and helping each other build confidence for each other.”
Participants also say they see bullying every day and it’s an issue, but Girls on the Run has taught them how to help stop it.