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Jun 5, 2016 11:27 AM

More than 700 girls from 88 schools take part in Girls on the Run 5K in Concord

Gail Huff

CONCORD - Hundreds of girls laced up their sneakers in Concord Sunday, heading out into the rain to run the Girls on the Run 5K.

Ranging in age from 8 to 13 years old, more than 700 girls came from 88 teams across New Hampshire.

Among the participants was a team of 23 girls from Salem who were running to show their support for a fellow student who’s battling brain cancer. Wearing white capes and calling themselves “Ava’s Army,” they decided to dedicate their run to Salem second-grader Ava Doiron-Frankland.

“If she’s strong enough to fight cancer, we’re strong enough to run,” said 11-year-old Kayla Bernard who goes to school with Ava in Salem.

The Girls on the Run program is designed to encourage young girls to learn habits that lead to healthy self-esteem and healthy bodies. This year’s run marked the 15th year the national program has been run in the Granite State.

Executive Director Jen Hubbell says the program grows every year and NH1 News is proud to be a major sponsor of this year’s run.

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