GO FAR’s 10-week, 20-session program helps elementary students train to run or walk/run a 5k.
“The program has grown to include more than 40 participating schools in Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem and dozens more across the country. From California to NC, we are GOING FAR! We reach over 10,000 children and their families each year.
“In 2003 the High Point Community Foundation awarded Go Out For A Run (GO FAR) our first grant in the amount of $1,150 to focus on elementary programs in High Point related to physical fitness.”
GO FAR accepted the grant, providing service to about 20 kids at Montlieu Elementary, and today GO FAR reaches 38 schools in Guilford County, 99 schools in North Carolina, and programs in over 11 states from coast to coast!
“In 2014 we came back to the High Point Community Foundation with a different request, one that pulls at the “shoestrings.” Daily, we have requests from teachers/coaches and schools for scholarships or requests for gently used shoes. Running is a sport that doesn’t require much equipment. A willing person and a stretch of open space are the basics. Good-fitting shoes are a necessity and with the support of the High Point Community Foundation, this year we will be able to provide 100 pairs of running shoes to children in the GO FAR programs across High Point.”
Eleven years ago, with no real plan, GO FAR founder Robin Lindsay dreamed of helping children get active with a curriculum that teaches good nutrition, strong character, and goal setting. Today her dream is a reality as GO FAR is touching over 10,000 kids nationwide.
“Thank you to the High Point Community Foundation for believing in 2003 that one person could make a difference and for helping the GO FAR team in 2014 GO FARther!”
– GO FAR founder Robin Lindsay