AKRON -- Registration for the Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio spring season is open.

The gotrNEO program is offered each spring and fall throughout Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit counties. Enrollment is limited to 15 girls per team. If registration for any site should exceed 15, a random lottery drawing will be conducted. Financial aid for registration costs is available.

Girls on the Run is an international non-profit program that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that integrates confidence building, community service and physical activity.

"Our program is dedicated to the unique needs of adolescent girls," said executive director of Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio, Robyn Cutler. "Girls on the Run is about helping girls recognize their inner strength, and celebrate what makes them one of a kind."

Teams begin meeting the week of March 6 for 10 weeks. The season then culminates in an untimed 5k for the girls, coaches and family members May 20 at The University of Akron's InfoCision Stadium. This non-competitive running event encourages girls to celebrate themselves, each other and simply have fun.

"Our program continues to grow throughout our five counties," Cutler said. "This past fall, 250 coaches led more than 800 girls through the ten-week program establishing a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness and maybe more importantly, building up the confidence and character of these young women."

For more information visit www.gotrNEO.org.