THUMBS UP: We have long been fans of the Girls on the Run program, which uses running as one tool to empower girls in third through eighth grade. Any other year, girls get together along with coaches after school to run, talk and bond. The coronavirus and subsequent restrictions designed to mitigate its spread forced the cancellation of the spring season, but the organization has taken steps to remain relevant, transitioning to digital. Jessamine Duvall, Girls on the Run of Central Maryland executive director, said they created a virtual 5K. “You decide where you want to run, and if you don’t want to run, you don’t have to, you can pick another goal,” Duvall told us. As part of its digital efforts, the organization has also developed Girls on the Run at Home, which provides registered families with on-demand video lessons twice weekly that girls can complete independently or with their families. Additionally, Girls on the Run of Central Maryland is presenting a “SHEro” series to celebrate local women making a difference within the communities of Carroll and Howard counties. The organization is compiling a series of articles to showcase local “SHEroes.” A recent article was penned by Kati Townsley, executive director of Carroll Technology and Innovation Council. Up next was Linda Mattes, a former coach with Girls on the Run and an emergency room nurse. We applaud the organization for continuing on and making a difference in girls’ lives during this crisis.