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® 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.
We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.
Girls on the Run honors its core values. We strive to:
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.
Mary Fauth, Executive Director
Amber Larna, Chair
Paris Nicholson, Vice-Chair
Angenie McCleary, Treasurer
Ellie Gorham, Youth Advocate
Sarah Truxal, Youth Advocate
Quenia Gonzalez, Youth Advocate
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!
Amber Larna, Chair
Angenie McCleary, Chair
Color Me Fearless 5k*
Paris Nicholson, Chair
Lunafest Film Festival*
Aliki Russo, Chair
* We would gladly accept interested individuals to help with these committees
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.
The Wood River Valley program is supported by organizations such as:
*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.