Natasha Kwan Named Honorary Race Chair for Girls on the Run St. Louis 5k
ST. LOUIS (April 10, 2019) – University City resident, Natasha Kwan, executive chef and owner of Frida’s, Pedal Pedal Cycling Studio, Stretch Yoga and the forthcoming Diego’s Mexican Cantina, was named honorary race chair for the Girls on the Run St. Louis 5k race on Saturday, May 11 at Soldiers’ Memorial in downtown St. Louis.
The largest timed 5k in Missouri, the 10th largest 5k in the United States and the largest Girls on the Run 5k in the country, the bi-annual Girls on the Run St. Louis (GOTR-STL) 5k Race benefits the Girls on the Run Scholarship Fund. This year, more than 80 percent of participating girls will receive full or partial scholarships totaling nearly $389,000. More than 8,000 runners are expected to participate in the May event. Of these, over 3,400 are girls who are participating in GOTR this spring across 23 counties in Missouri and Illinois.
“Girls on the Run St. Louis is honored to have Ms. Kwan as a part of our 5k event this spring season as we celebrate empowering more than 60,000 girls since 2002,” said Courtney Berg, executive director of Girls on the Run St. Louis. “She is an outstanding example of the Girls on the Run core values in action. Her commitment and personal priority to provide the diverse St. Louis community with options for healthy food and exercise is an illustration of healthy living for us all.”
A Missouri native, Ms. Kwan is part of the St. Louis James Beard Impact Program, committed to establishing a more sustainable and equitable food system through education, advocacy and thought leadership. She was recently featured on the first vegetarian episode of the Food Network’s ‘Grocery Games’ and her restaurant Frida’s has won over 25 awards for vegetarian and plant-based cuisine. Ms. Kwan's own journey to health from a primarily sedentary lifestyle continues to influence and guide her personal and professional decisions to empower and equip a healthy St. Louis community.
Ms. Kwan expressed her enthusiasm for her role and the vision of Girls on the Run St. Louis of a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams, “I am completely honored to be part of Girls on the Run St. Louis! In fact, I wish I had this program when I was a young girl because it took me until age 30 to realize I had the potential to be more!”
Runners and walkers can join Ms. Kwan in encouraging and empowering the young girls of St. Louis by participating in the Girls on the Run St. Louis 5k run or one-mile fun run. The fun run begins at 7:45 a.m. and the 5k starts at 8:00 a.m. on May 11. Registration is $25 for adults through May 4, $30 from May 5-May 10 and $35 on race day. Children under 12 may register for $15 through May 4, $20 from May 5-May 10 and $25 on race day.
For more information or to register for the Girls on the Run St. Louis 5k on May 11, visit https://girlsontherunstlouis.org/run-our-5k
About Girls on the Run St. Louis
Girls on the Run St. Louis is a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade, a critical time in girls’ self-development. Our mission is to empower girls for a lifetime of healthy living. The innovative program combines training for a celebratory 5k event with interactive lessons that combine self-esteem enhancing lessons with uplifting workouts aimed to develop the whole girl – physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Girls are empowered with positive self-awareness and increased confidence; a sense of achievement by training for and completing a 5k; and giving back to their community through a service project each season. Girls experience confidence through accomplishment becoming girls who can.
Girls on the Run St. Louis was founded in 2002 and is now the second largest council in North America. Today, Girls on the Run St. Louis is in more than 400 schools across 23 counties in eastern Missouri and western Illinois. Visit www.girlsontherunstlouis.org to learn more about how you can empower a girl and empower a generation.