WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Girls on the Run of western Massachusetts hosted the annual 5k event Sunday morning in Westfield.

This event is the culmination of the 10-week season where girls in 3rd to 8th grade took part in a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that uses fun running games and dynamic discussions that teach life skills. This fall season of Girls on the Run had 770 participants in 52 sites around western Massachusetts, with 225 volunteer coaches that bring the curriculum to life.

“It’s really teaching kids about life skills and about how to stand up for themselves how to identify emotions and give back to their communities. We use running and moving as an outlet to teach all of the social and emotional skills and so it’s a really fun way for them to learn about how to move how to stay healthy both physically and emotionally,” said Alison Berman Council Director of Girls on the run Western Massachusetts

The 5k kicked off with two waves, 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. with the event beginning with activities, a group warm-up, and more than one-half hour before each wave.

Over 2,500 people in total took part in the event and more than 25 thousand dollars were raised, all of which is going to benefit Girls on the Run of Western Massachusetts.