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Girls on the Run expands to Sage YMCA

Published: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 11:59 p.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – Girls on the Run of Northwest Illinois is now offering evening sessions at Sage YMCA for families that cannot make traditional after-school hours because of work conflicts.

Girls on the Run – a program designed to instill self-respect and healthy living that culminates in a 5K race – is expecting to serve more than 1,000 girls throughout McHenry, DeKalb and Winnebago counties this year with roughly 50 locations in McHenry County alone.

The program has traditionally run between the hours of 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. after school, but executive director Laurie Dayon said the organization wanted to make the program more convenient for families.

The twice-a-week, 90-minute sessions will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Sage YMCA in Crystal Lake. That session is open for third- through fifth-graders.

"As we expand, we want to make sure that this program is available for every family who wants to participate," Dayon said in a release.

Girls on the Run serves girls in third- through eighth-grade with different locations hosting different age groups. The program begins March 3 and ends May 17 with the 5K event.

Registration is now open at

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