Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) welcomes an unexpected new cookie to the traditional lineup that focuses more on sweat than sweet. GSHPA invites everyone in the community to try Tough Cookie, the organization’s first 5K and 10K trail run on Saturday, April 30 at Camp Small Valley in Halifax. Proceeds from the Tough Cookie Trail Runs will help support the maintenance of GSHPA’s seven camp properties.
“Thousands of Girl Scouts discover a love for the outdoors, develop problem solving skills, and find new adventures at our Girl Scout camps,” said Ellen Kyzer, GSHPA’s CEO. “Every person should have the chance to experience Girl Scout camp because it’s a place that brings out inner courage and confidence. We challenge the community to join our Girl Scouts and find their courage and confidence during the Tough Cookie Trail Run.”
Runners will encounter sweat, mud, obstacles and fun along the trail. Tough Cookie 5K ($25 per person) is open to anyone 9-years-old and up and will begin at 8 a.m. and the 10K ($40) is open to anyone 12-years-old and up and will begin at 2 p.m. Each runner will receive a t-shirt and a water bottle for participating.
Following the Girl Scout Cookie Program (Feb. 26th-March 27th), Tough Cookie is the perfect way for Girl Scout Cookie lovers to work off the extra Thin Mint indulgences and tackle exciting obstacles along the way.
“Tough Cookie runners can expect to find a lot of muddy obstacles along the trail including a 3-D spider web that runners will have to navigate through and hauling tree cookies (a cross section cut of a tree trunk) through a portion of the course,” said Kelly Benasutti, GSHPA’s Outdoor Experience Director.
People looking to the be the toughest cookie can run the 10K trail run, which includes additional miles and obstacles like cargo net climbs and even utilizing teamwork and piggy-back skills in a Warrior Carry challenge.
“Creating a group to run the Tough Cookie is recommended and a great way to have fun with friends and family and strengthen teamwork skills,” said Benasutti. No matter what race a person chooses they will have fun and see a sneak peek at camp to find out why Girl Scouts love it so much.
To register and find out more information about Tough Cookie, visit www.gshpa.org.