Olympian Colleen Quigley Named Honorary Race Chair for Girls on the Run St. Louis 5k
Colleen Quigley, St. Louis native and Olympic steeplechase athlete, was named the honorary race chair for the Girls on the Run St. Louis 5k race on Saturday, November 18, 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 biannual Girls on the Run St. Louis (GOTR-STL) 5k Race benefits the Girls on the Run Scholarship Fund This year, 70 percent of participating girls will receive full or partial scholarships totaling nearly $366,000. Nearly 6,000 runners are expected to participate. Of these, 2,300 are girls who are participating in GOTR this fall across 23 counties in Missouri and Illinois.
“Girls on the Run St. Louis is honored to have Ms. Quigley part of our 5k celebration this fall season as we culminate our 15 year celebration 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 tenacity to achieve her goals while always encouraging fellow female athletes is an illustration to girls and women across the St. Louis region and beyond."
A St. Louis native, Quigley represented the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics where she finished 8th in the 3000 meters steeplechase. A graduate of Florida State, Quigley had an impressive track and field career including the 2015 NCAA Women’s Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships Steeplechase title. As a student at Nerinx Hall, Quigley won the 2010-11 Missouri Girls Track and Field Gatorade Player of the Year. Quigley is now signed professionally with the Bowerman Track Club based in Portland, Oregon, traveling and competing internationally.
“I am honored and grateful to serve as the honorary chair for the GOTR 5k this November,” said Quigley. In her message to the 2,300 Girls on the Run, she encouraged them “to think about not only how you can push yourself and test your own limits, but how you can be a good teammate and support and encourage the other girls. And whenever you want to give up and give in, remember that you are part of a team and your team is counting on you to be tough…be sure to look around you and give out some hugs and high fives to your teammates and recognize their amazing efforts as well.”
Runners and walkers can join Quigley in her support of Girls on the Run St. Louis by participating in the 5k run or one-mile fun run. The fun run begins at 8:00 a.m. and the 5k starts at 8:30 a.m. on November 18. Registration is $25 for adults through November 10, $30 from November 11 – November 17 and $35 on race day. Children under 12 may register for $15 through November 10, $20 from November 11 through November 17 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 nearly 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.