Interview with Sarah Beth Davis, Executive Director, GO FAR
What is GO FAR?
GO FAR (Go Out For A Run) began in 2003 founded by Robin Lindsay empowers children through an innovative running program to achieve their goals and pursue healthy lifestyles. GO FAR partners with more than 100 schools and after school programs to host running clubs following our comprehensive curriculum. Students train for a 5K for eight weeks learning about fitness, healthy nutrition and good character. Each fall and spring, GO FAR hosts the Triad GO FAR 5K & Fun Run in High Point for local participants. This event is a celebration of health and wellness and empowers children to continue making healthy choices long after they cross the finish line.
How does GO FAR change the lives of kids?
Children participating in GO FAR not only improves their physical fitness, but they gain competence and confidence to make good choices and maintain healthy habits for a lifetime. The feeling of accomplishment that children feel when crossing the finish line at their first 5K is often carried over to other aspects of their lives like school, home and in their communities.
What is GO FAR’s Lace Up program?
In addition to afterschool running clubs and 5K events, GO FAR also empowers children to go out for a run through our “Lace Up” shoe program. Started in 2014, also with the support of the High Point Community Foundation, Lace Up provides new running shoes to a portion of students participating in GO FAR each year. Many children are running in hand-me-down shoes or other unsafe footwear and Lace Up helps alleviate these barriers by providing comfortable and safe running shoes so that all participants will have the opportunity to successfully complete the program and the 5K race.