Girls from all over the Baton Rouge metro area participated Saturday in the 2014 Girls on the Run 5K.

Hydie Wahlborg, exectutive director of Girls on the Run South Louisiana, said the race had nearly 1,500 runners, 550 of those girls from 32 schools in and around Baton Rouge.

“We added six new schools this season and expect similar growth for our spring program that will begin late February with our end-of-season 5K the first Saturday in May,” she said in an email.

“For most girls, it is their first 5K. Also, according to data from our registration forms, this event was the first 5K for 337 adults,” she said.

Girls on the Run is a program that uses activity-based lessons to teach girls from third to eighth grades how to deal with everything from self-esteem issues to peer pressure to bullying. The activities also serve to slowly build the girls up to a 3-mile run, which ends on race day.

This year marks the sixth for Girls on the Run of South Louisiana, and 3,700 girls have completed the program.

Race day activities included several stations at which runners could get their faces or their hair painted, write their reasons for running on the backs of their bibs and take pictures using props at the GOTR photo booth, and many other stations.

Girls warmed up with an exercise session before the 9 a.m. race start.