COLUMBIA, SC — Wearing a teal shirt and pink tutu, Sarah Beth Moore cheered on a group of Meadow Glen Middle School girls dressed just like her in Saturday morning’s Heart and Sole 5K.
"They're so happy and they are good girls," said Moore, a 17-year-old coach for the Girls on Track program.
Moore has been helping out at the middle school twice a week to help participants in Girls on Track get ready for today’s race.
The program, the middle school version of Girls on the Run, is all about encouraging girls.
"It focuses on inner beauty," which every girl should have, Moore said.
Julie Roberts, the secretary for school counseling, was also a program coach and ran in Saturday’s race, which was held in downtown Columbia. The Providence Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler, started in 2002, calls attention to the No. 1 killer of women — heart disease.
The race was the grand finale of the program focused on teaching girls how to handle different situations.
"It's mainly about letting the girls know that they can be OK with who they are," Roberts said.
Roberts finished the race with 11-year-old Madi Craps, who said the run got tough going up hill.
But she was happy she did the race with her friends.
“We all accomplished it together,” Craps said