NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Girls on the Run of New Orleans will host its first 5k in Jefferson Parish on November 19 at Lafreniere Park. The 5k event is presented by the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust. The Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust became a sponsor in the Fall of 2018 and is committed to supporting Girls on the Run of New Orleans.

Girls on the Run New Orleans is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that uses fun running games and dynamic discussions to teach life skills to girls in 3rd to 8th grade. During the ten-week program, girls participate in lessons that foster confidence, build peer connections and encourage community service while they prepare for an end-of-season celebratory 5K event.

Participation in the 5K event on November 19 is open to the public and all proceeds from the event will benefit Girls on the Run of New Orleans. Community members will run through Lafreniere Park for 3.1 miles, prior to the race participants will Second Line to the starting line with Grammy nominated band The Hot 8 and the legendary Mardi Gras Indians. Registration cost is $35 and includes an event shirt and medal, timed running, post-race refreshments, and entry to GOTR-Fest prior to the race.

The 5k event will begin at 9 AM on November 19th at Lafreniere Park and early arrival is suggested to enjoy GOTR- Fest which opens at 7:30 AM. For more information about the event, how to register and volunteer opportunities, visit www.gotrnola.org/5k.

“We are elated to be hosting our first 5k in Jefferson Parish, the opportunity to expand our territory this season is exciting! We are also grateful for our partnership with the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust. Thanks to their generosity, hundreds of girls receive financial support throughout Greater New Orleans and have the opportunity to celebrate completing a life-changing program at the most joyful 5k event on November 19th, 2022.” – Julieanne Lund, executive director of Girls on the Run New Orleans