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Young Runners, Buddies Practice For Upcoming 5K At Mahwah Track

Runners walk to the starting line. Photo Credit: GOTR
Young runners and their buddies line up at the starting line at Continental Soldier Field in Mahwah. Photo Credit: GOTR
Ramsey coaches catch their breath after the Halloween race. Photo Credit: GOTR
Girls on the Run athletes and their buddies lap the track at 8 a.m. Photo Credit: GOTR
All bundled up for the run! Photo Credit: GOTR
On to lap number 3! Photo Credit: GOTR
Finishers revel in their finishing times marked on their hands. Photo Credit: GOTR

MAHWAH, N.J. — Young runners and their running buddies donned their costumes to lap the track around Mahwah's Continental Soldier Field nine times Halloween morning.

The race was in preparation for Girls on the Run North Jersey's 5K race next week, which the girls — and their buddies — have been working toward since early September.

Girls on the Run is a national nonprofit organization that helps elementary and middle schools girls boost their confidence on and off the track.

Coaches this year implemented a new program for middle school students called "Heart and Sole." The program is designed to help girls "develop the skills to tune into their own truths and to unleash their power to live confidently and joyfully," the website says (SEE: Ramsey Running Coach Motivates Adolescent Athletes).

Ramsey's Heart and Sole team set up a bake sale at the race to raise money for a cousin of the athletes who is battling ovarian cancer at 16-years-old.

Bergen County's GOTR teams include Cresskill, Englewood, Ramsey/Mahwah, Ridgewood, Glen Rock and Saddle River.

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