Running for Girls on the Run

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STROUDSBURG -- One marathon runner in the Pocono's Run for the Red this weekend is planning to hit the course dressed in some unusual attire.

Kimberlee Scholmer of Sciota says she's ready to hit the road.

"Usually I'm the girl that likes to blend in, but not this weekend. I'm all about being seen and just raising money for Girls on the run," said Scholmer.

A pink tutu, a pink cape, and Kim says she's geared up to go, all to attract some attention for Girls on the Run in the Poconos. It's a program Scholmer coaches for. It helps third through fifth graders with running and empowering them to be strong young women.

"And it just builds up their confidence, and it just gets me because I was that girl," said Scholmer.

Trish D'Imperio at Ready Set Run in Stroudsburg says it's empowering to see how hard Kim has worked.

"It's inspiring to all the women out there to try running, and that you can do it. So it's a good cause that she's working for," said D'Imperio.

Kim's fundraiser started small online, but grew faster than she ever imagined.

"Well I never expected it to turn out like this. My goal originally was $300 and met that within the first week," said Scholmer.

Now she's set her goal a bit higher at $1,000 and she's now only about $150 away from hitting that goal, too.

"We're very excited for her and looking forward to seeing her come through the race," said D'Imperio.

Scholmer says if she reaches the goal, she'll wear a superhero mask, too.

She hopes people find it in their heart to support the mission she's so passionate about.

"To help the girls in the area that can't afford the program, it's for the scholarships for the girls. Our goal is to never turn anyone away from the program," said Scholmer.

If you want to help out, you can go to Kim's fundraiser site, or mail donations to:

Girls on the Run Pocono
1312 Seneca Trail
Stroudsburg, PA 18360

Girls on the Run

Run For The Red Marathon