Pedro Gonzalez-Clemente
This is a great program and I hope to see it grow to continue helping the young girls. This program helps inspire me and others to believe in the cause that the generosity of the people like you have made possible. I wish to inspire my daughters and nieces. I want them to see that everything is possible, I want to lead them with my example. I also want the community, specially the Hispanic community, to get involved in great programs like girls on the run. Programs like this help shape our kids, and our kids are our future. Thanks in advance for all of your help and generosity.

Hank Dart
I am a previous member of the Board of Directors of Girls on the Run of the Wood River Valley, and I am also an avid runner who has long loved the elemental lessons that running teaches. Its simple one-foot-in-front-of-the-other journey lays the foundation for clear thinking, for testing and building one's character, for creativity, and for being accepting of oneself while always moving forward.  

Injuries, however, have put a bit of a hitch in my personal running journey for the past number of years, drastically cutting back the miles I’ve been able to log. But the past few months have been largely injury-free, and it has been fantastic to again be able to run mile after mile and feel more in tune with myself than I have for a while. And I wanted to share that positive energy by using my upcoming race at the Moab Red Hot 55k (34 miles) on February 15 as an opportunity to raise money for our chapter of Girls on the Run.  

Running has been a gift to me ever since I laced up a pair of black and yellow Adidas in the 7th grade, and it is the gift that all kids should have the chance to experience.As some of you know, I am a member of the Board of Directors of Girls on the Run of the Wood River Valley, and I am also an avid runner who has long loved the elemental lessons that running teaches. Its simple one-foot-in-front-of-the-other journey lays the foundation for clear thinking, for testing and building one's character, for creativity, and for being accepting of oneself while always moving forward.  

Injuries, however, have put a bit of a hitch in my personal running journey for the past number of years, drastically cutting back the miles I’ve been able to log. But the past few months have been largely injury-free, and it has been fantastic to again be able to run mile after mile and feel more in tune with myself than I have for a while. And I wanted to share that positive energy by using my upcoming race at the Moab Red Hot 55k (34 miles) on February 15 as an opportunity to raise money for our chapter of Girls on the Run.  

Running has been a gift to me ever since I laced up a pair of black and yellow Adidas in the 7th grade, and it is the gift that all kids should have the chance to experience. 

Mariah Stout
The Girls on the Run program is very special to me as is running! I participated in the program when I was younger and had a blast, so this past fall I decided to coach for the program as my senior project! I feel that GOTR provides girls with a much needed emotional education in discussing topics, such as bullying and gratitude, which are not touched on in school, while also providing them with endorphins and confidence through the integration of running. I am so excited to say that while training for the Grand Teton Relay which I will run August 15-16 along with a 12 great teammates, I am also able to fundraise for the Girls on the Run program! Please support my team and I as we aim to raise funds so Girls in the Wood River Valley can have as positive experience with GOTR as I know that I did, gain confidence in themselves, and perhaps even become lifelong runners! 

Janel Passey
Running has always been a huge part of my life. It has taught me so much as an athlete, teammate, and person. Some of the best experiences and memories I have come from running. I have worked with Girls on the Run previously and it is such a wonderful program.It helps young girls gain more self-esteem, learn about important social abilities (such as kindness), and have a positive outlook in different areas of their lives through the running program. My 12 teammates and I are excited to be running this relay and raising money for the Girls on the Run program in the Wood River Valley, we appreciate your support!

Shari Kunz

It's been 12 years since I read about a program called Girls on the Run in Runner's World magazine and brought it to our community. Our very own amazing Girls on the Run of the Wood River Valley! And every Fall and Spring since, hundreds of girls have gathered under the wings of caring volunteer women and have been inspired to be joyful, healthy and confident. They have been nurtured to learn to take charge of their lives - as one girl put it, "Girls on the Run made me realize that I am boss of my own brain." Lives have been changed, characters strengthened, confidence gained, and inspiration has been shared, one girl, one woman, one life at a time. Help support me through your donation as I participate in the Grand Teton Relay and share what the power of running can do to impact the life of these beautiful girls. Twelve women, 180 miles, running through the Grand Tetons to make a difference. We are SoleMates, and with your help we can all give the gift of believing anything is possible. Thank you for joining me!!!

Analia Passey
While growing up in Argentina I did not have the opportunity to participate in programs such as Girls on the Run. I think it is a amazing way to help young girls to be strong and to believe in themselves. Along with my teammates, we are raising money for the Girls on the Run program in the Wood River Valley, please help support us! 

Loni Unser

I've been a part of girls on the run since i was in second grade as a young runner, I just recently became a part of the Girls on the Run Board, and hope to maybe do some coaching in the future. I help plan events and come up with new and different ideas to help benefit the program. I have been loving it so far and can't wait to become even further involved in it. Being on Girls on the Run when I was younger made me realize my passion for running and the outdoors. I run for the Wood River High School's Cross Country running team and love everything about it. I am also a Cross Country Skier, so, I spend almost all of my time exploring Idaho's beautiful backyard. I have truly found myself through running and skiing.

Missy Klopcic
Last year when Mary asked me if I wanted to run in the Grand Teton Relay I was adamant that I was no where near qualified  to run something that epic.  To ease my guilty conscious though, I told her to go ahead and sign me up for the next year (A year seemed very far away at that time).  Well here we are, one year later and true to my word, I'm signed up.  I still feel like I am no where near qualified, but I'm really excited to:

1- race on behalf of Girls On The Run

2- make a bunch of new friends

3- race with an old  friend

4- cross 'run a relay race' off my bucket list 

 Listening to Mary talk about all the great things the program teaches girls, I wish my local community had a GOTR program for my own girls. The message of GOTR is powerful, healthy and uplifting.  If I can help give the gift of higher self-esteem, improved body image, and a healthy lifestyle to young girls, then I am in!  And I hope you are too!  Please consider supporting me in this amazing endeavor and make a donation to Girls On The Run!  

Nicole St. Germain
"If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run." -John Bingham

I do love a good run, even muddy ones, but the ones where I can support a good cause are worth it!!! Please consider donating to a terrific group, Girls on the Run, and help me get a girl fired up about lacing up!

Susie Lambert
This year I have once again decided to run in the Grand Teton Relay!!  This will be my 3rd year in the relay but, to refresh your memory, last year I tore my ACL less than 2 weeks before I was to run so my status of Runner became Driver Of Van One. Now that I am healed and running again, I could not pass up the opportunity to do it again! The money I am raising will go towards the Girls On The Run program which I have been involved with as a parent, volunteer and Solemate for 5 years now.  There are many young girls out there, like my daughter, who have the desire to pursue a healthy lifestyle through eating and exercise and also to be involved in the community. Girls On The Run makes it possible for these girls to learn how to do just that! Fundraising for Girls On The Run allows me to give back to this great program that gave my daughter an amazing experience when she was in elementary school.  I hope you will consider supporting me in this great adventure and make a donation to Girls On The Run!!  I bet your donation will even make me run faster!! 

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Kamie Berkey Hobbs
Because I believe in the Girls on the Run Program and the amazing people who run it, I am running the Grand Teton Relay this week to raise money to support these efforts.  This program helps young girls discover who they are, what strength they have within, and how to utilize that strength to be their best selves.  That makes a huge difference in our world and it is one to which I want to contribute.  So, I and 11 incredible women will run and sweat together for 24 hours and conquer 180 miles in the Tetons to make sure these girls know that we believe in them!  You can join us by contributing financially to our cause.  Every dollar counts, so please help us support this program in any way that you can.  Many, many thanks!!

Mary Fauth
Charity racing has become one of my most favorite ways to do a race. It started in 2006 when I ran my first marathon on behalf of a friend fighting breast cancer. At the time I was 35 years old and didn't know of anyone my age yet that was going through cancer, and I felt powerless to do anything about it. When I realized that I had the "opportunity" to run a marathon, rather than have to be traveling each week for chemo treatments, I realized how lucky I was and wanted to use that privileged to do something meaningful. By simply asking my friends and family to support me by making donations on my cancer fighting friend's behalf, I was able to raise almost $7000! That made a huge dent in medical costs and took some of the burden off the family of this stressful time. And it was this motivating effort that kept me from not pulling out of the race even when I got sick just days before. Even if I walked the whole thing, I was still bound and determined to complete it in my friends honor!

I keep this in mind when ever I have the this same privilege to tackle a goal, and now I have the opportunity to personally make a difference in a young girl's life here in my own community as I travel to do a totally team spirited event such as the Grand Teton Relay this August 14-15th. The tools and confidence building that we get to share with girls in the Girls on the Run program is something I know I would've benefited from long ago when I went through the same issues they are facing each day. Whether it's from someone bulling them at school, to the awful things your girl friends can do each other, to the pressure of needing to be dating a boy to feel worthy, or the messages we see in advertisements or by so called media role models, having some guidance and mentoring to help tackle these issues can make life altering changes in a girl's life. If I knew what I could do today back when I was in 6th grade, I'd be on top of the world!