Unique underwater marathon for Girls on the Run

Unique underwater marathon for Girls on the Run

Society sees many men in leadership positions. Now one local organization wants to make sure young girls understand how to live their life to their fullest potential. Many are supporting that idea Saturday with a unique fundraiser.

One doctor walked a unique mile for women.

"I have two daughters, and I have my wife who is a professional,” said Dr. Timothy Vanfleet, partner of the Orthopedic Center of Illinois in Springfield. “And I want young girls to be able to grow to realize that if they put their mind to it, they can pretty much do anything they want to do in their lives."

The non-profit, Girls on the Run, hosted an underwater marathon at the center Saturday.

"For their future,” said Olivia Orth, Marketing Manager for Girls on the Run. “Like how to raise their self-esteem and confidence, empathy, how to create friendships and combat bullying and have healthy habits for the rest of their life."

One person after the other walks a mile altogether they finish a half marathon, raising money for girls to join their mission.

"I mean I think every girl grows up having hardships,” said Orth. “So they have the opportunity to bond with girls, at their own school or at community sites, they can bond with girls from around the area."

Vianna Vanfleet said women empowerment is the key to success.

"It's really important because women do good things,” said Vanfleet. “They work in jobs and people need to realize that and they need to see that we like, do important things."

Girls on the Run promotes positivity and fitness.

"Any kind of cause that inspires confidence and really promotes a healthy lifestyle,” said Dr. Vanfleet. “It's a natural complement for a group of orthopedic surgeons who are inspired to keep people moving.

The money Saturday will pay for more local girls to participate in the organization Girls on the Run.

“Inspires them that they can do anything that they put their minds to,” said Dr. Vanfleet.

The organization is for girls in 3rd to 8th grade.

If you're interested in getting your children involved, visit their website.

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