Mondonna L. Ghasedi Named Honorary Race Chair for Largest Girls on the Run St. Louis 5k Race
Mondonna L. Ghasedi, a long-time community leader, was named the honorary race chair for the Girls on the Run St. Louis 5k race on Saturday, May 13, starting at Soldiers' Memorial in downtown St. Louis.
The largest timed 5k race in Missouri, the 10th largest 5k in the United States and the largest Girls on the Run 5k in the country, the bi-annual Girls on the Run St. Louis (GOTR-STL) 5k Race benefits the Girls on the Run Scholarship Fund. This year, more than 70 percent of participating girls will receive full or partial scholarships totaling nearly $366,000. About 8,000 runners are expected to participate in the May event. Of these, 4,000 are girls who are participating in GOTR this spring across 23 counties in Missouri and Illinois. This is the largest single season in the 15-year history of GOTR-STL.
“Girls on the Run St. Louis is honored to have Ms. Ghasedi part of our 5k celebration this spring season as we celebrate 15 years of empowering more than 40,000 girls," said Courtney Berg, executive director of Girls on the Run St. Louis. "She is an outstanding example of the Girls on the Run core values in action. Her commitment to and leadership in the St. Louis community is an illustration to girls and women across the region."
A St. Louis native, Ghasedi is an Associate Circuit Judge for the 21st Judicial Circuit, covering St. Louis County. She is the first Middle-Eastern American appointed in St. Louis County and is one of only five women on the 21st Judicial Associate Circuit Bench. Ghasedi obtained her law degree from the University of Missouri and began her legal career at Lashly & Baer. In 2004, she started her own law firm, where she practiced until she was appointed to the bench. Ghasedi has also served as an adjunct faculty instructor in constitutional law and judicial process at Washington University in St. Louis.
“I am honored and humbled to serve as the honorary chair for the GOTR 5k this May. It is a privilege to support these young women as they dedicate themselves to achieving their goal and grow through hard work, perseverance, and positivity,” said Ghasedi. “I am confident that this ‘finish line’ will be the first of many in their lives.”
Runners and walkers can join Ghasedi in encouraging and empowering the young girls of St. Louis by participating in the Girls on the Run St. Louis 5k run or one-mile fun run. The fun run begins at 7:45 a.m. and the 5k starts at 8 a.m. on May 13. Registration is $25 for adults through May 5, $30 from May 6 – May 12 and $35 on race day. Children under 12 may register for $15 through May 5, $20 from May 6 through May 12 and $25 on race day.
About Girls on the Run St. Louis
Girls on the Run St. Louis is a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade, a critical time in girls’ self-development. Our mission is to empower girls for a lifetime of healthy living. The innovative program combines training for a celebratory 5k event with interactive lessons that combine self-esteem enhancing lessons with uplifting workouts aimed to develop the whole girl – physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Girls are empowered with positive self-awareness and increased confidence; a sense of achievement by training for and completing a 5k; and giving back to their community through a service project each season. Girls experience confidence through accomplishment becoming girls who can.
Girls on the Run St. Louis was founded in 2002 and is now the second largest council in North America. Today, Girls on the Run St. Louis is in more than 350 schools across 23 counties in eastern Missouri and western Illinois. Visit www.girlsontherunstlouis.org to learn more about how you can empower a girl and empower a generation.