Laila Anderson Named Honorary Race Chair for Girls on the Run St. Louis 5k
St. Louis Blues “Official Good Luck Charm,” Laila Anderson, today was named the honorary race chair for the Girls on the Run St. Louis 5k race taking place on Saturday, November 16 at Soldiers’ Memorial in downtown St. Louis.
Laila returns to the Girls on the Run St. Louis 5k for the third time. She participated as a Girl on the Run in 2017 and 2018 at Barretts Elementary School in the Parkway School District.
In 2019, Laila’s optimism and courage in the face of her own medical challenges became forever connected to the St. Louis Blues’ journey to the Stanley Cup Championship.
“Girls on the Run is so important to me,” Laila said. “It is such an honor because all I think is if you were in someone else’s shoes you would want that support and love from everyone else. So, I think that’s just your time. You need to support everyone else because they would want the same for you.”
The non-profit Girls on the Run St. Louis organization for girls in third through eighth grade welcomes Laila’s participation
“Girls on the Run St. Louis is honored to have Laila as part of our 5k celebration this season,” said Courtney Berg, executive director of GOTR-STL. “Laila embodies the core values and lessons that are an integral part of Girls on the Run. Our girls learn to be confident, courageous and to encourage their teammates as they move forward towards their goal. As our first Girl on the Run to serve in this position, she is an outstanding role model for all our participants.”
The largest timed 5k event in Missouri, the 10th largest in the United States and the largest Girls on the Run 5k in North America, the bi-annual Girls on the Run St. Louis (GOTR-STL) 5k event benefits the Girls on the Run Scholarship Fund. This year, more than 80 percent of participating girls will receive full or partial scholarships totaling nearly $385,000. More than 6,000 runners are expected to participate in the November event. Of these, over 2,300 are girls who are participating in GOTR this fall across 23 counties in Missouri and Illinois.
Laila, joined by Louie, the St. Louis Blues mascot, speaks with Erica Weston, Fox Sports Midwest reporter, about being named honorary race chair in this video found on YouTube.
Runners and walkers can join Laila 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 8:15 a.m. and the 5k starts at 8:30 a.m. Registration is $25 for adults through November 8, $30 from November 9-November 15 and $35 race day. Children under 12 may register for $15 through November 8, $20 from November 9-November 15 and $25 race day.
For more information or to register for the Girls on the Run St. Louis 5k on November 16, visit https://girlsontherunstlouis.org/run-our-5k
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 400 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.