Friday, April 8, 2011

Chesapeake Bay 5K Doubles in Size

In Delaware, The News Journal reports that Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay are on a good start to making sure their message of keeping young girls healthy throughout their lives.

Thursday evening, almost 400, including 150 girl scouts from the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia gathered at the Wilmington Riverfront for the first annual Thin Mint 5K Run/Walk. Organizers said they were initially expecting 200 people to register but were pleasantly surprised at the turnout.

The event featured children 8 and up who sprinted from the starting line around the 3.1-mile course and clapped for each other. Parents pushed smaller children in red wagons and strollers. A Fun Run, which was for children 8 and under, was also held Thursday night.

"We want our girls to be healthy and happy," said Anne T. Hogan, CEO of Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay. "This was a great way for us to incorporate fun into our message of healthy living and healthy lifestyles," Hogan said. Hogan said in a world where reports about childhood obesity abound -- and the medical problems that come from it -- it's best for the Girl Scouts to be proactive in combating it.

The walk also served as a fundraiser for programming for local girl scouts. More than 50 troops were represented at Thursday's event.