Local woman to run 300 miles for non-profit

A Fort Mill woman is running 300 miles from North Carolina to Georgia.

FORT MILL, S.C. -- A Fort Mill woman is running 300 miles from North Carolina to Georgia just to prove girls can do anything.

Tracy Gariepy invited NBC Charlotte to join her on her afternoon jog, and we quickly found out that keeping up with Tracy is no easy task. Now, Tracy is using her incredible athleticism for a good cause.

"Maybe running 300 miles is big enough to get people to wake up and listen," she says. 

Tracy, 38, is a running machine and she’s getting ready to take on a huge challenge: a 300-mile solo run from Concord, North Carolina to Savannah, Georgia.

"I’m doing this to raise funds and awareness for an organization called Girls on the Run, which inspires girls to be healthy and empowered and have self-confidence, and they do that by integrating running."

Her goal is to show young girls that they can do anything.

"We need to learn as a society that women are equal to men. We can do anything men can do, there’s no reason for us to feel like we're being downplayed or that we’re the underdogs, so let’s build up some confidence in these girls, let’s do something amazing. I don’t know any men going on a 300-mile run!"

Girls on the Run is a non-profit club that has 15 locations in the Carolinas alone. 

"When we can get a program that teaches kids at a young age how much they’re capable of, you can only benefit from that," Tracy says. 

And if you’re wondering what keeps Tracy motivated: 

"Pizza!" Tracy laughed. "Pizza and Ice cream!"

Tracy will tackle this huge feat by running 30 miles a day for 10 days, stopping to sleep and relax at police and fire stations along the route. You can learn more about her and Girls on the Run by clicking here.

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