Girls on the Run

A few weeks ago my daughter came to me and let me know she has decided to become a runner.  Excitedly, I started researching opportunities for her to learn more about running and maybe even have an outlet to enjoy practicing with other kids.  This is how I learned of a fabulous local organization, Girls on the Run, offering far more than what I originally set out to find for my daughter.

Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.  Girls on the Run envisions a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.  Sounds awesome right?

About the Program

Over a period of 12 weeks, girls in the 3rd through 8th grade participate in an after-school program like no other. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique.

The Girls on the Run lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development.  Participants explore and discuss their own beliefs around experiences and challenges girls face at this age.  They also develop important strategies and skills to help them navigate life experiences. We start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them.  Then, we look at the importance of team work and healthy relationships.  And, finally, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world.

Physical activity is woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health.  At the end of each three month session, the girls participate in a Girls on the Run 5k event.  This celebratory, non-competitive event is the culminating experience of the curriculum.  Completing the 5k gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals.  Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.

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Registration Information


Registration is currently closed. Fall registration will open in August. Stay tuned here.  If you are interested in bringing the program to your school or community center, please contact Ericka McKibbin at

Opens Monday, January 20th @ 9 a.m. and closes on February 3rd.  It is first come first serve. Each site will host a maximum of 20 girls.  Girls in 3rd through 8th grade can currently register for the upcoming 12 week spring season.

Participating Sites

Northwest Family YMCA and Roberts Elementary are ramping up to host their 1st GOTR teams. Each site will host up to 20 girls over 12 weeks after school starting the week of February 10th.

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Community Involvement

The community can support GOTR by adopting a runner which funds scholarships for girls, by donating to GOTR and by choosing from the many volunteering options, just to name a few.


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