“Face the Race” 5K in Midland helps girls with self-esteem


Saturday Morning, Junior League of Midland hosted their “Face the Race” 5K. For 8-weeks, middle school girls met every Monday to participate in the mentoring program. Some of the girls didn’t think they could do it. They proved themselves wrong.

The girls were prepared with brand new tennis shoes and running gear from Junior League. They were ready to accomplish the goals they set out for themselves in September.

The goal I set was to run faster and be more competItive. I basically told myself in my head I was going to do it and I did it”

Emily Gaines, 8th Grader

It was more than a race. It is meant to help these girls gain confidence. Junior League has been doing this since 2007 for all four public middle schools in Midland. Girls learn about hygiene, self-defense, boosting self-esteem, and – of course – physical health.

It’s so great to see all these girls working so hard. They set goals and worked hard to achieve them and then for them to come out here and do the first 5k they’ve ever done … it’s really great to see.

Elizazbeth Wales, Junior League of Midland

Junior League members say this program is crucial, and the numbers show it. The girls were surveyed before the start of the program. Over half said at times they feel “they are no good at all”. 65% wish they had more respect for themselves and a quarter of them feel like failures. After 8 weeks, they feel differently.

I feel proud of myself. I feel strong and confident

Linsay Aguirre, Student

It’s amazing. It’s such a big accomplishment for me I’ve never done soemthing like that

Sienna Loya, Student

I feel really empowered for all the beautiful young women that did it. i feel we should be doing more active stuff a lot and it was just really fun. I’m just so proud.

Emily Gaines, Student

To celebrate their accomplishments .. the girls will meet for their last session on Monday. For more information on this program and how to get involved.. visit https://www.jlmidland.org/

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