Crossing the Finish Line for a Cause
For Dr. Baynham, the chance to participate in the Foot Traffic Holiday Half 5K for Girls on the Run was one she couldn't pass up. As a physician and a runner, she strongly identifies with the organization's mission: to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
“This is a group I’ve wanted to be part of since residency,” says Dr. Baynham. “The Community Giving program at PANW was the perfect opportunity for me to support this important organization that strives to empower young girls through running while creating a stronger sense of community, one of the building blocks of resiliency.”
Dr. Baynham and her husband, Justin, ran the December 5K as “SoleMates” of Girls on the Run, with financial support for the sponsorship provided by Pediatric Associates of the Northwest. While Dr. Baynham had previously participated in the Portland Marathon, Hood to Coast, and other community runs, this was her husband's first organized 5K. “He had a great time!” says Dr. Baynham. “It also felt good to know that it was about more than the race. Usually I tend to embrace the competitive spirit when racing, and it's easy to forget this is supposed to be fun. True to their mission, Girls on the Run brought joy back in to this race for me which made it an even more powerful experience. I'd definitely do it again!”
The 5K race brought together Girls on the Run athletes ages 3rd through 8th grade, their coaches, families, friends, and community, while bringing awareness and support to the organization and its core values.
Girls on the Run honors its core values.
We strive to:
- Recognize our power and responsibility to be intentional in our decision making
- Embrace our differences and find strength in our connectedness
- Express joy, optimism and gratitude through our words, thoughts and actions
- Nurture our physical, emotional and spiritual health
- Lead with an open heart and assume positive intent
- Stand up for ourselves and others