Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Grant helps first-time marathoner

Hailey father to compete in Portland


Pedro Gonzalez is pictured with his daughters, Lalissa and Melanie who ran with their Hemingway Elementary Girls on the Run group last spring. Courtesy photo

    A grant made possible by the Wood River Women’s Charitable Foundation has allowed Girls on the Run of the Wood River Valley to assist first-time marathoner and Hailey dad Pedro Gonzalez in completing the Portland Marathon.
    Gonzalez has two daughters Lalissa and Melanie, who were in the Girls on the Run program at Hemingway Elementary School last year.
    On his fundraising page, Gonzalez explains why he applied to support the Girls on the Run through the Solemates charity racing program.
    “I wish to inspire my daughters and nieces. I want them to see that everything is possible, I want to lead them with my example,” he wrote. “I also want the community, especially the Hispanic community, to get involved in great programs like Girls on the Run. Programs like this help shape our kids, and our kids are our future.”   
     Mary Fauth, executive director of Girls on the Run, said Gonzalez’s effort in Portland will also raise funds locally. But it was his dedication to the effort that made him a perfect candidate.
    “A first-time marathon can be one of the most rewarding and emotional goals an individual can make. It can also be a costly endeavor,” she said. “We wanted to help make a marathon dream come true for one individual with demonstrated need.”
    Fauth said it is important for runners to get “the help (and encouragement) to discover what you’re capable of achieving. We’re happy to extend this to an inspiring adult such as Pedro.”

Go running!
For full details on Girls on the Run programs, go to


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