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Brooks Running Names its 2016 “Inspiring Coach of the Year”

Brooks Running has named the founder of Sole Girls, a program which encourages teen girls to take up running, as its 2016 “Inspiring Coach of the Year”.

Ashley Wiles, founder of Sole Girls, spent much of her teen years lacing up shoes and logging miles. Recognizing the power running had in her life during that time, she now pays it forward through Sole Girls, a program she created for young girls that teaches life skills through running. Brooks Running is honoring Wiles and her work by naming her the Brooks 2016 Inspiring Coach of the Year.

“Running gave me so much when I was younger, and Sole Girls has been my way to help pass on those benefits to young women experiencing some of the same self-doubt and confidence issues I encountered at their age,” said Wiles. “Winning the Inspiring Coach of the Year Award means ‘sole’ much, and I can’t wait to bring it back home and share it with the group.”

Sole Girls hosts nine-week programs, which Wiles also coaches, that train groups to run a 5K while providing them with resources, guidance and community to help them navigate adolescence and adopt an active lifestyle.

“Running isn’t just a sport, it’s a lifestyle. It’s an experience we believe is hugely powerful as a path to strength, confidence, health, clarity of mind, good decisions and happiness,” said Brooks Running CEO Jim Weber. “Ashley is a lighthouse for young girls, using running to guide them through years that can be both difficult and incredibly formative for the path they’ll choose in life. We’re thrilled to name her the Brooks 2016 Inspiring Coach of the Year.”