Kids Run 'Girl Power' 5K for Chance to Win Prizes ... Like Botox?!

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finish line raceJust when you thought there were enough events out there designed to make our daughters feel like crap, here comes another one! The Divas 5K is a "glamorous" race that allows teenage girls as young as 15 to run to win cosmetic body "improvement" prizes.

Got that, Mom? Your daughter may have trained her tail off to become fit enough to tackle a 5K, but someone out there still thinks she could benefit from some teeth whitening, laser hair removal, dermabrasion, and Botox!

Well, OK, so only the 18- and 19-year-old girls are eligible for the Botox, but the rest of the cosmetic procedures are still offered up to the younger girls as part of what the folks behind Divas 5K call a "girl power" event.

It's painful just thinking through the contortionist act it must have taken to twist something this positive upside down and inside out and come out on the other side with such a horrible message for girls.

At the finish line of a race is when a girl should be at her most in love with her body. She made it! She did it! Her BODY is a well-oiled machine.

So imagine getting handed a prize pack that tells her the very opposite? That it's all well and good that she just ran a race, but her teeth are looking kind of yellow, and what's with all that unsightly hair on her chinny chin chin?

You can talk all you want about the positive nature of a race for girls, but unfortunately the positives are completely wiped out by the appallingly negative message of these prizes.

Just imagine if this were the prize given to girls who had won a science competition? Or just taken their school's Quiz Bowl team to the finals?

There'd be a hew and cry that girls' brains weren't being valued. At least I hope there would be.

I wouldn't let my daughter compete in a science competition where the end goal was to pretty her up, as if she weren't already pretty enough, as if beauty were what mattered ... more than the skill it took to best the competition.

And so it goes with a race. Sure, it's great to get girls excited about exercise. But that should be the end goal here. Celebrating their body's accomplishments, not telling them their efforts are just not good enough.

If your daughter wanted to take part in a competition with cosmetic procedures as the prize, what would you say?


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BirdCo BirdCo

Well you almost got this story kind of right. I understand what rage you are trying to induce but gear down. As for the prizes I would have loved getting laser hair removal as a teenager, cheerleading outfits required daily shaving and that was the puts. Hell I would run for laser hair removal now.

Vanessa Poholek Fasanella

BirdCo, I hear you. But I think the author's point was that telling young girls to empower themselves should not include such adult choices about cosmetic decisions. I have such bad skin issues, as does my daughter, I have already told her that she can get laser or electrolysis when she is 18+. But for the exercising/5K to do it as a prize seems weird and in bad taste. Why not just a general Spa Gift Certificate?

Robin Bras

no way in hell would i allow my daughter to get botox, but teeth whitening and hair removal i understand. I do not think they are appropriate prizes for a 5k race, and probably not for girls younger than 16. I understand the problem with it, we should be applauding there efforts and not telling them that they need to chane something else about themselves. It is my goal to let my daughter know that she is perfect just the way she is, but i myself was not happy with the way i looked, even now i struggle. So i'm really on the fence.

TwinS... TwinSoccerMom

I am a runner and  I would run for those prizes! Well not the botox but especially the teeth whitening. And I would let me teenage daughter run as well. You know when you sign up for a race what the prizes are. It is often WHY I sign up for a race. I love a cool medal! If you don't like the prizes offered don't sign up for it. Many people can't afford some of these services and it is a way to get them while doing something healthy. I don't think that the services - other than the botox - are inappropriate for teens. And if they are willing to train for a 5K - especially if they are not otherwise active - that is a good thing. They may end up falling in love with running and that would certainly be a very positive thing.

Ellie Troup

i think this would be fine if the kids were doing for something more meaningful but to do it just for beauty products.. thats just low.. my child will always know that shes beautiful/hes handsome no matter what cause i will NOT have my child go through the same hell i went through when i was a teen. now adays kids wine and cry and hate them selves for just being called a name.. yeah thats not nice but how about getting ur face smashed into a locker or sink almost every day.. i wish that all they did was call me names.

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