Photo by Tamie Meck Strong show of support Girls on the Run participants Izzi Houseweart, front, and Addi Neal are cheered on by members of the Hotchkiss track team on April 11 while practicing for a 5K race on May 4 at Grand Junction. Along with “running buddies” Carrie Coats and Susan Hamrick, the girls ran 3,200 meters (eight laps). They also enjoyed healthy snacks and drank lots of liquids. This year, 27 girls from Hotchkiss Elementary and Vision schools are participating in the program, and that’s twice as many as in the last two years, according to volunteer coach Kristian Hill. A more in-depth story on local participation in the nation-wide program ran in the April 13 issue of the DCI.