GREENSBURG - Katy Riester, of Greensburg, was recently named Girls on the Run Coach of the Year for 2011. This award is hosted by Horizon Fitness, a national Girls on the Run sponsor specializing in exercise equipment. Riester was nominated by Clarisse Zigan, a sixth-grade student from South Ripley Elementary.
Each year, Horizon Fitness hosts the GOTR Coach of the Year contest to acknowledge the dedication of the many coaches across the country who volunteer their time to the program. There is only one grand prize winner nationally.. Girls are encouraged to express why they think their coach is inspiring by submitting an entry that showcases their creativity. In Zigan's nomination, she drew a picture of Coach Riester and identified her as being smart, kind, a good runner and someone who knows the importance of inner beauty.
Sponsored by Margaret Mary Community Hospital, GOTR of MMCH is a 10-week after-school program that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident while creatively integrating training for a 5k. GOTR has 171 councils nationwide, serving close to 81,000 girls with nearly 20,000 volunteers a year.
In addition to receiving an all-expenses-paid trip to the annual GOTR conference in Tampa, Fla. in January, Riester will be awarded $1,000 and a treadmill or elliptical of her choice. Zigan wins $100, and the GOTR council of Margaret Mary Community Hospital receives $500.
"I was both surprised and excited when I found out I was named Coach of the Year," said Riester, who is also a second-grade teacher at South Ripley Elementary. "I've always loved working with the girls but receiving this honor is the cherry on top."
Coaches are needed for the upcoming spring session of GOTR. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (812) 933-5482.