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About us


About us

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About us


About us

 

Welcome to Girls on the Run! – a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade. 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 of the Wood River Valley 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.

Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-20 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 and 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.

 
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Our mission


Our mission

Our mission


Our mission

 

Our Mission

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

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:

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


Our history

Our history


Our history

 

How Girls on the Run Began

Girls on the Run International was established in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina by Molly Barker. What started with thirteen girls in one school has grown to over 200 councils in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. With the help of almost 100,000 volunteers, Girls on the Run served nearly 180,000 girls in 2015, including our millionth girl! Girls on the Run continues to grow and currently hosts more than 350 end-of-season 5k events across the United States, making the Girls on the Run 5k series the largest in the country. Girls on the Run has also expanded to include middle school girls through Heart & Sole, a program dedicated to the unique needs of adolescent girls. 

Upon reading about the national Girls on the Run program in the June, 2002 issue of Runner’s World magazine, founder of the Wood River Valley Girls on the Run Shari Kunz could not let go of the power the program would provide to young girls in the Wood River Valley. By August, the first session of 14 girls was up and running under the umbrella of the St. Luke’s Women’s Health and Fitness Celebration. Girls on the Run of the Wood River Valley obtained it’s 501c3 non-profit status in July, 2003 and became its own independent council of the national Girls on the Run organization and consistently runs over 150 girls through the program each year.

Girls on the Run of the Wood River Valley is an Independent council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200 councils across 50 states and the District of Columbia. Girls on the Run of the Wood River Valley was established in 2002 to Blaine County, Idaho. 

 
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Our people


Our people

Our people


Our people

 

Staff

Mary Fauth, Executive Director

Board of Directors

Amber Larna, Chair

Paris Nicholson, Vice-Chair

Angenie McCleary, Treasurer

Vicki Johnston

Aliki Russo

Hilary Sinnamon

Cortney Vandenburgh

Ellie Gorham, Youth Advocate

Sarah Truxal, Youth Advocate

Quenia Gonzalez, Youth Advocate


Volunteer Coaches

Our program could be possible without the volunteer coaches that implement it every season.  We have approximately 16-18 men and women that commit 3 hours + per week during the 10-week fall and spring seasons.  We'd like to acknowledge our long time returning coaches in recent years: Cara Liberatore, Hannah Bautheus, Lindsay Williams, Hannah Young, Rebekah Harmon, Danielle Walker, Amber Larna, Sarah Bennett, Colleen Quindlen, Sara Burns, Sara Shafer, and our founder Shari Kunz!

Committees

Fundraising
Amber Larna, Chair
Hilary Sinnamon
Vicki Johnston

Board Development
Angenie McCleary, Chair
Amber Larna

Color Me Fearless 5k*
Paris Nicholson, Chair
Cortney Vandenburgh

Lunafest Film Festival*
Aliki Russo, Chair
Laurie Strand
Caitlin Hart

Program Development*
Cara Liberatore
Ellie Gorham
Sarah Truxal
Quenia Gonzalez

* We would gladly accept interested individuals to help with these committees

 
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Our partners


Our partners

Our partners


Our partners

 

National Sponsors

Girls on the Run International is proud to partner with Justice, ASICS, Cigna, Gamma Phi Beta, Thirty-One Gifts and FOX Sports Supports as we work to deliver our life-changing program to nearly 200,000 girls each year. These companies are vital to advancing our mission and provide financial, in-kind and volunteer support while leveraging their brand's assets to raise awareness about the program across North America.

Lead Partners of the Access & Inclusion Initiative

Target and Always are the lead national sponsors of the Girls on the Run Access and Inclusion Initiative. As sponsors of this initiative, Target and Always are supporting the organization's marathon goal of being accessible to any person that wishes to participate. The focus of the initiative is to provide financial assistance to ensure that an additional 6,000 girls will have the opportunity to participate in our transformative program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. In addition, the support of Target and Always will be used to develop curriculum modifications for Girls on the Run v.1 to further program accessibility to girls with hearing, visual, cognitive and/or physical differences.

 
 

Local Sponsors

The Wood River Valley program is supported by organizations such as:

  • Deer Creek Fund of the Johnson Foundation of the Rockies
  • ICF Heart of Gold Foundation
  • US Bank Foundation
  • Donald W. and Gretchen K. Fraser Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation
  • Blaine County Title*
  • Atkinson's Market*
  • Cox Communications*
  • Little Black Dress Club
  • Papoose Club
  • St. Luke's *
  • Warrington Foundation
  • Campfire Foundation
  • Suns Foundation
  • Boswell Family Foundation
  • WOW Projects/Wood River Foundation
  • Asics

*In addition to the businesses starred above, the following businesses also support us through sponsoring our annual Color Me Fearless 5k, Lunafest and Solemate events: Idaho Lumber, Kevin McMinn DMD, Sun Valley Appraisal, Dave Hennessy/Quigley Canyon, Idaho Lumber, Jivaro Headhunting, Engel & Volkers/Darlene Young, Sun Valley Company, Smiles4Kids, Rocky Mountain Hardware, Carson International, ProSource Inc., Power Engineers, Dr. McMinn, Hailey Paint, SQN Sport, The Village Market, Clear Mind Graphics, and the Elephant's Perch.