Girl Scout Fun Run made its debut today at Fleet Feet in Menlo Park

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on March 14, 2015

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The first Girl Scout Fun Run took off from Fleet Feet in Menlo Park this morning with many participants sporting green. Fleet Feet co-owner Lisa Taggart gave us a heads up: “It’s a 2-mile run for Girl Scouts, their families, and supporters in the community, all followed by Girl Scout cookies and other treats at the store.

Cricket_Girl Scout Fun Run_vert“What’s super great about this event is that it was initiated and organized by Menlo Park resident and Girl Scout Cricket Gorey (pictured right). We are simply the hosts; Cricket set it all up.”

A freshman at Menlo-Atherton High School where she runs track and cross country, Cricket has been a Girl Scout since second grade. She explains:

“In Girl Scouts, there are three ‘big’ awards girls can achieve: Bronze Award (earned in elementary school), Silver Award (earned in middle school) and the Gold Award (earned in high school — and the equivalent to the Boy Scout’s Eagle Scout Award).

“Before a Senior Girl Scout can begin earning her Gold Award, she has to complete two ‘journeys’ — these are activities or projects that encourage a person to discover, connect and take action. This Fleet Feet Girl Scout Fun Run is one of my ‘journeys’.

“Kerry Lindsey [4th from right, center row] is our troop leader…She is super enthusiastic about Girl Scouts. She’s helped lead our troop since second grade and is also on the Girl Scout board for the whole area.

“I hope that this will become an annual event that gets the community to support local Girl Scouts in a fun, healthy way.”

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