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Hemingford students preparing for nonprofit Girls Running competition

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A non-profit organization that promotes healthy choices and confidence in young women is expanding its program throughout the panhandle.
 
Girls on the Run of Nebraska, which started in Chadron and Hay Springs, has expanded to Crawford, Gordon-Rushville, Scottsbluff and Hemingford schools this year.

Hemingford volunteer and coach Natalie Wood says the goal of the program is to help runners with their self-esteem.

Wood says the final goal is to attend the non-competitive 5K run later this spring in Chadron.

The Hemingford team which consists of 20 girls have started training for the non-competitive run.

"We are very excited to bring this here," said Wood. "I had no idea what Girls On the Run was until I heard Linda Rishling who started it in Chadron last year. She brought it to the panhandle first and after visiting with her for a couple of minutes I knew that we needed to bring it here to Hemingford."
 
6th grader and runner Kaylee Connell is excited to take part in the race and grow with her running mates.

"I'm excited for the 5K that we're going to be doing because I love running and doing exercise and stuff."
 
The Panhandle 5k in Chadron kicks off on May 17th

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