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Girls from TJ Elementary Close to Completing Girls on the Run

A team of 38 girls from the Thomas Jefferson Elementary School will complete the Girls on the Run 5k starting at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20 at Freedom Park, located at 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

The 5k is the culminating event for these girls who have spent the fall season participating in a unique curriculum which integrates running to help increase confidence, create positive connections with peers, and help girls connect with their communities.

“Girls on the Run is committed to building a stronger, healthier community by building stronger and healthier girls,” said Monica Schmude, senior vice president for Cigna Midatlantic, which is sponsoring the 5k.

“As a company dedicated to helping customers stay well, prevent sickness, obtain access to healthcare, recover from illness or injury, return to work and provide for their families, we are excited to support Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia as they promote the overall health and well-being of young girls and their families.”

The team from TJ will join with Girls on the Run teams from across Northern Virginia. In a press release for the event, the program organizers said that the entire community is invited to share in this celebration, whether running alongside the girls, volunteering or coming out to cheer. For more information, visit