Running: Girl Scouts’ Thin Mint Sprint set for Sept. 10

Staff Report

STILLMAN VALLEY, Ill. — Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois’ Seventh Annual Thin Mint Sprint is set for Saturday, Sept. 10, at Camp McCormick in Stillman Valley, Ill.

The Thin Mint Sprint consists of an 8K road race, 2-mile family fun walk/run and 4-mile Tough Cookie Trail Run. For an additional challenge, participants can sign up to “Do the Double,” which includes both the 8K and trail run.

The trail run begins at 7:30 a.m., with the 8K run and family fun walk/run beginning at 9 a.m. Directions and registration forms are available online at Registration is also available online at

The 8K and Tough Cookie Trail Run are $25 per person and include a guaranteed short-sleeve technical running shirt if registration is received by Aug. 1. The 8K road race, trail run and “Do the Double” are 2011 Rockford Road Runners’ circuit races. The 8K takes place on the rolling country roads outside Camp McCormick. The trail run is a challenging course though Camp McCormick on dirt paths and loose gravel. “Do the Double” is $40 per person. Participants who “Do the Double” are guaranteed a limited edition, long-sleeve technical running shirt if registered by Aug. 1.

The 2-mile family fun walk/run is $15 per person and includes a guaranteed souvenir T-shirt if registration is received by Aug. 1. This event is open to all ages with awards given to participants 18 years of age and younger. Part of the 2-mile walk/run will take place through a corn maze (weather permitting). A Girl Scout marathon fun patch is also offered for participants who download and complete their running log at

To support the Girl Scouts in making the world a better place, participants are urged to bring aluminum cans to the event for recycling.

All proceeds from the Thin Mint Sprint go to support programs for more than 20,000 Girl Scouts in 16 local communities.

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois serves more than 20,000 girls and nearly 6,000 adult volunteers in parts or all of Boone, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties.

Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls in grades kindergarten through 12th are engaged in discovering themselves, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. Girls develop leadership potential by participating in age-appropriate activities that enable them to discover their values, skills and the world around them. Activities in science and technology, business and economic literacy, and outdoor and environmental awareness provide girls with opportunities for fun and friendship while fostering the development of leadership skills and self-esteem.

To find out how to become part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, call 800-242-5591, or visit

From the July 13-19, 2011 issue

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