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Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 10:03 am | Updated: 10:04 am, Wed Nov 14, 2012.

Sweet Briar College will host the Girls on the Run of Central Virginia Fall 2012 Celebration 5K at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.

A non-competitive “fun run,” the race is the culmination of the region’s Girls on the Run fall program.

Central Virginia girls ages 8 to 13 have been training for 10 to 12 weeks in preparation for the event, which recognizes and celebrates their efforts.

Anyone wishing to run along must register online at www.girlsontheruncenva.org.

Registration is $35. Pets and strollers are not permitted.

The Lynchburg-based Girls on the Run council has held two previous races at Sweet Briar since the two women’s organizations announced a partnership in August 2011.

The picturesque race course takes runners from the old train station through campus and along the Dairy Loop, winding its way past the riding center and through the woods.

Sweet Briar is a proud supporter of Girls on the Run’s mission, which is “to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident” and to “educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.”

Girls on the Run also provides opportunities for Sweet Briar students to volunteer, mentor the younger girls and share some of the benefits they’ve experienced in an all-women’s educational environment.

Dozens of volunteers, including Sweet Briar students and employees, will help with course setup; work pre-race activities, such as the “happy hair” table; or serve as running buddies for more than 515 registered girls as they tackle the challenging 5K course.

For more information, visit www.girlsontheruncenva.org or call (434) 607-2024.

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