“Girls on the Run” are empowered for a lifetime

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The streets of St. Louis were overflowing with thousands of girls and boys Saturday morning as a road race with a powerful message stopped traffic.

More than 6,000 girls converge on Soldier's Memorial in downtown St. Louis for the Girls on the Run 5K.

The Girls on the Run Organization  is  made up of girls between third and 8th grade  and combines course work  and physical fitness activities  to  help   kids build their self-esteem and self-development.

It also empowers girls for a lifetime of healthy living

Parents and organizers say it's a way to help build character.

The thousands of runners hail from more than 250 schools and community sites from across 23 counties in Missouri and Illinois.

Girls experience confidence through accomplishment by crossing the finish line and reaching a goal.

On the other side of town hundreds of boys participated in the Let Me Run race in Tower Grove Park in south St. Louis sharing the same common goal and core values.

The goal at the end of this is that they learn to build relationships with each other and to have positive statements in their thinking and their attitude.