Meet our Girls on The Run Coaches - Heilicher Alumni Abby Kirshbaum and Alexis Kessler


The Heilicher Girls on the Run (GOTR) 5K is happening this Sunday, November 12. Our Grades 3-5 GOTR team is excited for a fun morning to showcase what they’ve been doing this fall. Opportunities are available to run with the team or join the cheer squad on Sunday, November 12 starting at 9 a.m.

GOTR encourages girls to gain a better understanding of who they are and what is important to them. With emphasis on teamwork and healthy relationships, this program demonstrates how girls can have a positive impact on the world. Physical activity is woven into the program to inspire an appreciation for fitness and healthy habits. They also learn life skills including treating others with care, practicing gratitude, and managing emotions. 

Heilicher alumni Alexis Kessler and Abby Kirshbaum are both part of the coaching team this year. “Girls on the Run is an incredible organization that provides meaningful and thoughtful curriculum, and unique and important relationships,” says Abby. “I have loved watching the girls grow as runners and as individuals.”

“From my Heilicher days, I remember the saying ‘don’t walk in front of me, don’t walk behind me, walk beside me and be my friend,’” shares Alexis. “My outlook on life is to help and walk beside others because it’s hard to get things accomplished on your own. This is something I try to instill in our GOTR girls.”  

After Heilicher and high school, both women went on to college and are now working in the Twin Cities. Alexis works at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and Abby works at Temple Israel. When not running, Abby and Alexis are active in the Twin Cities Jewish community teaching leadership classes at Temple Israel and Adath Jeshurun Synagogue respectively, as well as working with Yachad and Herzl Camp. 

“Heilicher taught me the power of community and the importance of giving back,” Abby says. “I am loving experiencing the Minneapolis Jewish community as an adult.”

Everyone is invited to join the Heilicher GOTR festivities. Opportunities are available to run with the team or join the cheer squad on Sunday, November 12 starting at 9 a.m. Sign-up today to join the fun. 

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