On June 8th, I had the privilege of shooting the Girls on the Run Spring 5k event. Girls on the Run is a transformational, physical activity based, positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. Life skills are taught through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.
The event was held at Greenfield Park on a perfectly cool Saturday morning. I walked into the event not really sure what to expect but after spending about 15 minutes just walking the grounds and seeing how pumped the participants were and how much this meant to them, I really began to feel inspired myself and that’s when I got a surprise of my own. I was walking to the main area when all of a sudden, I heard “Daddy!!!!!” and an energetic, little 10 year old ran up to me and wrapped her arms around me. My daughter, Brianna, was there and was running in the event. When looking at the pictures below, she’s the cutie pie with the aviator sunglasses on and a smile that could warm the coldest room. Seeing her put me in an even better mood so I began snapping away. As I walked around watching and listening, I could really sense the camaraderie and support that all the participants had for one another. The race itself was nothing short of inspirational. Watching the sense of accomplishment on the participants’ faces was truly heart warming. I couldn’t help but be proud for each and every runner in that event.
When the event was over and I began the walk to the parking lot, I was amazed at how much of a blast I had shooting this event. It was WAY more fun than I ever expected. I’ve already volunteered to shoot the fall 5k in November. For more information on Girls on the Run, click here. Take a look at the images below to get an idea of what can be witnessed at this amazing event. The entire gallery can be viewed here. Thanks for checking out this weeks blog post and I hope you’ll stop by again next week!