In North Dakota, INFORUM reports that the day after school ends, six Girl Scouts will start their summer by running their first 5K. The girls of Junior Troop 30490 have been training for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Fargo 5K since March.
“They’re motivated. They’re ready to go,” says adult volunteer Susan Kempel.
The 10-year-olds, who run at the Casselton High School track or reservoir, are excited for race day.
“They’d done the kids’ races the past couple of years, but they wanted to get a real medal,” Kempel says.
The girls plan to pair up for the race so they don’t get lost – and so they have company.
“It’s a fun way to exercise with your friends,” says Susan’s daughter, 10-year-old Girl Scout Katie Kempel.
One dollar of each 5K race registration will go toward a new pair of Nikes. The Fargo Marathon, BCBSND and Dakota Medical Foundation will match each dollar.
“When we first mentioned that this would help kids get shoes, they all said, ‘Yes, we want to do it,’ ” says Lori Howard, BCBSND corporate wellness team leader.