WHO WE ARE

"Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running."

The 24-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5k (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions. All of this is accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community.

Girls on the Run is an Independent Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of 200+ locations across the United States and Canada.

Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

 

WHAT WE DO

Each meeting is structured as follows:

  • Session begins with a "getting on board" and "warm-up" activity that brings the girls' focus on the day's topic.
  • The warm-up is followed by a stretching routine that allows for topic related question and answer time.
  • During the workout period the girls participate in a variety of running activities that utilize a game or team goal.
  • Cool down stretching is then combined with participant question and answer.
  • Sessions close with positive words regarding individual and group behavior.

The curriculum encompasses the following 3 concepts:

  • Weeks 1 to 4: Self-Care, Self-Awareness, Knowing Self
  • Weeks 5 to 8: Correctedness: Selecting Healthy Relationships and Keeping Them Healthy 
  • Weeks 9 to 12: Empowerment: Celebrating and Sharing Our Strengths

Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-15 girls, we teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The 24-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts:

  • Understanding ourselves
  • Valuing relationships and teamwork
  • Understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large

Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. At each season's conclusion, the girls and their running buddies, complete a 5k running event. Completing a 5k gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The result—making the seemingly impossible, possible and teaching girls that they can.

 

OUR MISSION

We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

OUR VISION

We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. 

OUR CORE VALUES

Girls on the Run honors its core values. We strive to:

1. Recognize our power and responsibility to be intentional in our decision making.
2. Embrace our differences and find strength in our connectedness.
3. Express joy, optimism and gratitude through our words, thoughts and actions.
4. Nurture our physical, emotional and spiritual health.
5. Lead with an open heart and assume positive intent.
6. Stand up for ourselves and others.

OUR HISTORY

Girls on the Run® was established in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Girls on the Run® curricula, the heart of the program, provides pre-adolescent girls with the necessary tools to embrace their individual strengths and successfully navigate life experiences. The earliest version of the 24¬ lesson curriculum was piloted in 1996 with the help of thirteen brave girls. Twenty-six girls came the next season, then seventy-five. In 2000, Girls on the Run International, a 501c3 organization was born.

With the help of over 55,000 volunteers, the Girls on the Run program is now serving over 130,000 girls in 200+ cities across North America each year. In 2012, Girls on the Run hosted 253 end-of-season 5k events across the United States and Canada. Girls on the Run has been featured in many media outlets including People, Runner’s World, Redbook, Women’s Day, O Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Self Magazine, Glamour, Shape, Marie Claire, Parenting, Running Times, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News, NPR and ESPN.

 

The true success of the program, however, is not told in the numbers, but rather in the words of the girls who participate:

“Girls on the Run made me realize that I am the boss of my brain.”

“I know that whatever I set my mind to do, I can do.”

“At Girls on the Run I learned how to be comfortable in my own skin!”

That is success.

 

Our Partners

 

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