Cherokee Girls on the Run Team finishes 5k in Asheville

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     ASHEVILLE – Cherokee Choices Girls on the Run Teams left early Saturday, Dec. 10 for their end of semester 5K to be joined with other WNC Girls on the Run teams in Asheville.  These young girls had been training twice a week for this main event since September. 

Girls on the Run members shown (left-right) back row - Ashley Swayney, Bessie Swayney, Kathy Posey, Hannah James, Kae Randall, Juanita Paz-Chalacha, Yvette Colmant and Trinity Smith; middle row - Brody Randall, Michelle Posey, Jai Jackson, Ayianna West, Katy Schakelford, Madison York, Madeline Cruise and Stephanie Watty; bottom row - Malia Davis, Taylin Bowman and Anissa Santoyo. (Photo contributed)

     Girls on the Run is an internationally recognized non-profit program focused on the development of girls.  The program’s objective is to reduce the potential display of at-risk activities among its participants.  It includes training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts.  Coaches encourage positive emotional, social, mental, and physical development in our participants.

     This spring, Cherokee Choices Mentors will continue the Cherokee Elementary Girls on the Run programs at Cherokee Elementary School and East Swain Elementary School.  Cherokee Choices is a prevention of diabetes program with funding from CDC and in part by the North Carolina Office of Minority Health. For more information on Girls on the Run, visit the WNC Girls on the Run web site at, or call Tara McCoy 497-1976.