As one of the national sponsors for Girls on the Run SoleMates, Garmin was invited to attend the Girls on the Run national summit in Tampa, Florida. This event brings together hundreds of individuals who are “running” this nonprofit program in their hometowns, including the council directors, volunteer coaches and board members. All bound by the organization’s mission to inspire girls to be healthy and confident, inside and out. The Girls on the Run coaches and staff like to keep their own health in stride, even when traveling, so Garmin organized a group run yesterday morning. As the women gathered in the hotel lobby, those who didn’t already own a Garmin watch had a chance to try on a new training partner.
“We had 65 women join us for the 5k run,” said Brandi from Garmin. “All wearing Garmin fitness watches. The best part was hearing the chorus of beeps from the Forerunners as we hit each mile split.” At the end of the run, the participants experienced more than your typical runner’s high. Kiata, Garmin fitness product trainer, handed them a watch charger at the end of the run and said ‘”here’s the charger for your Garmin watch.” In other words--the watch you just borrowed is now yours to keep! Brandi said the women were so shocked and grateful.
The watches provided for this event were the result of the trade-in program offered last year at our retail stores to benefit Girls on the Run. In addition to the trade-in program, Garmin offers a discount on new watches for individuals who sign up as a SoleMates fundraiser for Girls on the Run. To find out how your next event can help change lives, find out more here.